RBO Update – BEN2 Forms to cease

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| Sharon Larkin

To coincide with the introduction of Verified Identification Numbers (VIN) for Company Directors with the Companies Registration Office (CRO), the RBO transaction number/BEN2 Number will be replaced by the VIN. From the 24th April 2023 the RBO will stop accepting BEN2 applications.

If you have previously been issued an RBO number you will not need to reapply for a VIN and this number can also be used in your CRO filings where necessary.

If you are in a position where you do not have a PPSN or RBO number and now need to apply for a VIN you will have to do this by completing a Verification of Identity form (VIF) with the CRO, this must be uploaded on the CRO’s CORE portal. While the VIF will be available on both the RBO and CORE websites but this must be uploaded on the CORE portal in order to obtain your VIN.

The VIF form looks very similar to the BEN2 application and is completed in the same way, being a three-part document broken down as follows:

Part A requires the following details of the person to be verified:

  • First name
  • Last name/Surname
  • Date of Birth
  • Nationality
  • Residential Address
  • Confirmation ‘I do NOT have an Irish Personal Public Service Number (PPSN) assigned to me.’

Part B is a Statutory Declaration where the declaration is being made in the State by;

  • Notary public,
  • Peace commissioner,
  • Commissioner for oaths,
  • Person authorised to take and receive statutory declarations

Part C is a Declaration being made outside the State and must be signed by a Notary Public

Digital or electronic signatures will not be accepted on the VIF.

Once the VIF is completed in its entirety, Part A of the form, as detailed above, must be entered on the CORE Portal and the original VIF should be then uploaded as a PDF to the CORE portal as a new filing. If the details on the VIF do not match those details entered on the CORE Portal, the submission will be rejected.

Once the VIF is submitted and approved, the individual will be issued a VIN, which will be used for all future filings for that beneficial owner.

Note: it is an offence for any relevant entity that fails to file a PPS number with the CRO where such a number has been assigned to a director, and/or submits a VIF application where a PPS number exists for the director.

How can we help?

If you require assistance or advice in relation to any of the above matters, please contact our team on 053 91 000 00 or email [email protected]

Please note this information is accurate as of the time of publication.

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About the Author

Sharon Larkin, MIATI. Sharon is a member of the OmniPro Corporate Consultants Technical Support team providing advice and support in relation to Company Law and Company Secretarial procedures. She has a wealth of experience having previously worked in practice for 6 years as a Company Secretarial Assistant and maintaining annual compliance for a large portfolio of corporate clients. Sharon joined OmniPro in 2022 and has become a vital member of our Company Secretarial team. Sharon is also member of Accounting Technician of Ireland having qualified in 2019.


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