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Guide to Offshore ID Requirements

To set up a company offshore, specific identification documents are required.

The most common requirements are:

  • Certified copy of a Passport – this must be a clear copy of a passport and the photo shown must be clear and visible
  • Certified copy of a Utility Bill – this is usually a Bank Statement, Gas or Electricity bill and should be dated within the last 3 months, the name and address of the officer must be visible on the bill. If the document is not in English, it should be translated by a translator
  • Reference Letter - References from a Bank, a practicing attorney or a certified accountant are acceptable. Reference should be dated within the last 3 months, prepared on the entity’s official letter head and must indicate the following:
    • A period of relationship for at least 2 years
    • Type of relationship
    • Status of relationship

When documents are being certified, they should be certified as a true copy of the original by either of the following:

  • Lawyer
  • Accountant
  • Solicitor
  • Certified Auditor
  • Notary Public

The certification on the document should be in English and should state the following:

  • I hereby certify that this is a true copy of the original’
  • The certifiers printed name and signature
  • Name of the organisation
  • Status/Position
  • Date certified
  • Contact information – including email address and contact number

If you are interested in a specific jurisdiction, please contact us for more information on the ID requirements.