RCS: what it is and the role it plays with companies in France
The RCS (Registre du commerce et des sociétés), otherwise known as the Greffe, is the registry for the company accounts and by-laws of all companies in France. It is the equivalent of the HM courts in the UK, or the Administrative Office of the United States Courts in the US. The incorporation process of a new entity in France cannot be completed unless it has been registered with the RCS. In order to register, you must submit a proposal, then after opening a bank account send proof of a permanent account. Once approved, the RCS will provide a kbis which acts like an identity card for a company.
The website https://www.infogreffe.com/-/ can be used to access legal information on companies in France.
Please note that the RCS closes a dormant company automatically after 2 years.
Here at Maupard we can help you to navigate the French system, including registration to the RCS. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us using the email address [email protected]