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Hong Kong Company Number (CR Number)

An Hong Kong Company Number or CR Number is a unique seven-digit number issued by the HongKong Companies Registry to every company registered in the country.

How to register your company?

You can submit applications for incorporation of local companies online at the 24-hour portal e-Registry or deliver the documents in hard copy form to the CR with the correct fees. Online applications for company incorporation and business registration are normally processed within one hour or more. If you deliver your application in hard copy form, the Certificate of Incorporation and Business Registration Certificate will normally be issued within four working days.

  • Incorporation Form (Form NNC1 for company limited by shares)
  • A copy of the company’s Articles of Association
  • A Notice to Business Registration Office (IRBR1)

Type of Companies Registered:

There are 4 different types of businesses that can be registered in HongKong:

  • Ltd (Limited/有限公司): It may denote either a private or public company limited by shares, or a company limited by guarantee. Under the Companies Ordinance, the name of a Hong Kong incorporated company may be registered in English, Chinese, or both.
  • Unltd or Ultd (Unlimited/無限公司) : It is similar to a limited liability company (Ltd) but whose members or shareholders do not benefit from limited liability should the company ever go into formal liquidation. It is not a requirement under company law to add or state the word or designation Unlimited (無限公司) or its abbreviations (Unltd or Ultd) at the ending of its legal company name, and most unlimited companies do not.
  • Branch Office of Parent Company : If a company incorporated outside HongKong establishes a place of business in Hong Kong, it must register with the Companies Registry as a ‘Registered Non-Hong Kong Company’ within one month of establishment. Unlike a subsidiary limited company, a branch office is not a separate legal entity from the parent and can leverage funds off the credit rating of its owner.