Hong Kong Business Registration Number and Company Registration Number

Upon incorporation, any Hong Kong company is assigned a Company Registration Number (CR Number) and a Business Registration Number (BR Number).

A lot of entrepreneurs can be confused about the difference between the two.

In this article, we explain the main differences about Company Registration Number and Business Registration Number.

Where to find my company CR Number or BR Number?

Upon incorporation, any Hong Kong company will receive 2 essential documents:

  • Certificate of Incorporation: This document includes the Company Registration Number of your company
  • Business Registration Certificate: that one includes your company’s Business Registration Number

If you are trying to find your company’s CR Number or BR number, simply check these 2 documents.

If you are using the company secretary services of Air Corporate, simply login to your account. You can check your company’s CR and BR numbers on your dashboard. You can also download a copy of your Certificate of Incorporation and Business Registration Certificate.

Alternatively, you can search for your company’s CR number on the website of the Hong Kong Companies Registry. Your company’s BR number can be found on the Business Registration Number Enquiry section of the Inland Revenue Department’s website.

What is a Company Registration Number?

The Companies Registry assigns a unique Company Registration Number to any Hong Kong company once it is registered. It is mentioned on your company’s Certificate of Incorporation.

The CR Number functions as a social security number. It is used as a form of identification for the company, along with the company’s name. This form of identification indicated that the company is registered with the Companies Registry.

The Company Registration Number is automatically assigned. It cannot be picked up. It will remain the same as long as the company continues to exist, even if it is reorganized multiple times.

Please see below for a sample of Hong Kong company Certificate of Incorporation with the company’s CR Number:

certificate of incorporation hong kong

Why do you need a CR Number?

The Company Registration number is a unique identifier for your company.

It will be required in all your dealing with the Hong Kong Companies Registry. This includes when filing your company’s annual return, appointing or removing a company director, changing your company’s address, changing the personal details of a company director.

It is also standard practice to include the Company Registration Number of all minutes of the Board or General Meeting of your company.

What is a Business Registration Number?

The Business Registration Number is basically a tax registration number. It is issued by the Hong Kong Inland Revenue Department when your company is registered. It can be found on your company’s Business Registration Certificate.

The Business Registration Number is an essential requirement for all business activity and tax payments to be conducted lawfully, and all businesses registered with the IRD will need one.

Any Hong Kong company needs to renew its Business Registration Certificate each year. However, the BR Number remains the same throughout the life of the company.

The Business Registration Number consists of eight digits, followed by – 000 if the company has no branch, or – 001 if the company has a branch.

See below for a sample of Hong Kong Business Registration Certificate with the company’s BR Number.

Hong Kong Business Registration Certificate

Why do you need a BR Number?

Your company’s Business Registration Number is required for all tax, accounting and banking matters. Without a valid BR Number, tax payments cannot be made and conducting business operations would be illegal.

Nowadays, you will be required to provide your company’s TIN (Tax Identification Number) when opening a bank account or making certain international payments. Your company’s TIN is its Business Registration Number.

Final words

Here is what you should always have in mind:

  • Your Company Registration Number can be found on your company’s Certificate of Incorporation
  • Your Business Registration Number can be found on your company’s Business Registration Certificate
  • CR Number and BR Number are the unique identifiers of your company
  • The Tax Identification Number (TIN) of your company is it Business Registration Number
  • It is recommended to include your Business Registration Number on your company’s invoices
  • If you are a client of Air Corporate, simply login to your account to find your company’s CR Number and BR Numbers

For any questions, simply contact us at [email protected].

Focus on your business. We take care of the rest.

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