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The Companies (Northern Ireland) Order 1986

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[F1Companies' registered numbersN.I.

654.(1) The registrar shall allocate to every company a number, which shall be known as the company's registered number.

(2) Companies' registered numbers shall be in such form, consisting of one or more sequences of figures or letters, as the registrar may from time to time determine.

(3) The registrar may upon adopting a new form of registered number make such changes of existing registered numbers as appear to him necessary.

(4) A change of a company's registered number has effect from the date on which the company is notified by the registrar of the change; but for a period of three years beginning with the date on which that notification is sent by the registrar [F2any requirement imposed by regulations made under section 82 of the Companies Act 2006] as to the use of the company's registered number on [F3business letters, order forms and websites] is satisfied by the use of either the old number or the new.

(5 )F4 In this Article “company” includes—

[F5(za)any Part XXIII company which has complied with paragraph 1 of Schedule 20A other than a company which appears to the registrar not to have a branch in Northern Ireland;]

(a)any Part XXIII company which has complied with Article 641 (delivery of statutes to registrar, &c.), other than a company which appears to the registrar not to have a place of business in Northern Ireland, and

(b)any body to which any provision of this Order applies by virtue of Article 667 (unregistered companies).]

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