New security features added to ROCA certificates


The BVI Financial Services Commission issued the following announcement on 1 July 2014 regarding new security features for Registry of Corporate Affairs (ROCA) certificates:

New certificates bearing a QR Code and a Certificate ID number have been introduced as of, Tuesday, 1 July, for all certificates issued by the Registry of Corporate Affairs. The BVI Financial Services Commission is pleased to announce this additional security feature which allows any certificate holder to confirm the authenticity of the information on their certificate. 

Each certificate generated for new or approved transactions on or after 1 July will bear a QR (Quick Response) Code and a uniquely assigned Certificate ID number in the upper right hand corner. 
Certificate contents may be verified using one of the following methods: 
1. From a smart phone or tablet, scan the QR code directly from the certificate using any standard QR code reader; or 
2. Go to the BVIFSC’s website at and select Certification Verification from the Quick Links menu. Enter the Certificate ID number in the Certificate ID module. 
Copies of original certificates issued by the Registry of Corporate Affairs prior to 1 July, 2014 will not bear a QR code or Certificate ID number. Only certified copies of certificates approved or issued from 1 July will bear the additional security feature.

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