Where to find and what will you learn from the KRS number?
The National Court Register is not a database that many people would know about. In this aspect, we are more often accompanied by, for example, NIP or PESEL number, which is on the identity card of every adult Pole. What will you learn from the KRS number? It turns out surprisingly a lot.
What distinguishes the National Court Register?
The base has been operating for 20 years. It was put into service on January 1, 2001, but preparations for its launch began four years earlier. The normative act regulating the scope of the National Court Register and its competences is the Act on the National Court Register of August 20, 1997.
The data that has been stored in the National Court Register since 2001 is the result of his "absorption" of several other registers, including the register of associations, state-owned enterprises, but also the commercial register, which - in various forms - operated in Poland since 1919, and so at a time when the reborn state was just taking shape.
Such a large number of databases, where it was often possible to find data that were even partially duplicated, was not too transparent for the legislator and citizens. That is why it was decided to integrate all these records and create a new, unified NCJ.
The legislator has ensured full access to the information contained therein to every Polish citizen. In the first years of operation of the National Court Register, in order to obtain the data of interest to us, it was necessary to view copies of files in the selected district courts that had access to this database. This was a significant inconvenience for people who lived far away from such institutions.
What data can be found in the National Court Register?
The register consists of three files that concern completely different groups of people. As part of the National Court Register, we distinguish the register of entrepreneurs, professional associations and organizations and foundations, and from December 2020, a third, new register has also appeared, where data on insolvent debtors are collected.
Each such collection consists of several thematic sections. This is where the enormous amount of information stored in the National Court Register comes out. We can find here both address data as well as detailed and valuable data on the structure of the company, including, for example, information about its branches and authorities.
Particularly interesting - especially for people operating in the trade - are the data on official representatives appointed by companies to conclude business contracts. This is valuable knowledge that can be the first step in preparing a good business offer.
In the KRS register, we can also find information about possible receivership boards, if a company has been included in them. From December 2020, the database also contains information about insolvent debtors. This provision raised a lot of controversy, but the legislator decided to introduce it in order to better protect entrepreneurs who, by concluding a contract with such an entity, would risk losing a large amount of cash or goods.
What if a company merged or split into several smaller companies? Thanks to the National Court Register, we will follow such a process from the inside out, and in addition, we will get to the NIP numbers and all important information about the companies created as a result of such a division.
In the next section, you can find Polish Classification of Activities (PKD) codes, which will allow you to profile the company even more precisely. Thanks to this information, we can quickly get to the data about what a specific company does. It is also a simple way to select activities for potential cooperation or to present an offer that we run as part of our company. In this way, for example, consultancy services for subsidies can be offered.
Where can you check data from the National Court Register?
For several years, the registry has been released and everyone - regardless of where they are - can view it remotely, via the network, for example using the free, publicly available ALEO.com database. This way, you can quickly find the most important information, and view it in a clear, readable form. There is also nothing to prevent you from quickly comparing the obtained results with, for example, the NIP database, which the website also supports.
Remote access is a great help, especially now, in the era of the coronavirus pandemic, which has strongly influenced our reality in almost every aspect. We do not risk infection, and we do not have to decide on a long, even several hours' journey to the appropriate District Court.
According to the guidelines of the Ministry of Justice, which manages the National Court Register in Poland, it is still possible to obtain access to extracts from the register in some district courts without the need to use the Internet.
In our country, only 21 Courts can service the National Court Register. The legislator constructed the system in such a way that in each voivodship there was at least one such court. In densely populated areas, such as Upper Silesia or Masovia, there are several courts with access to excerpts from the National Court Register.
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