National Court Register (Krajowy Rejestr Sądowy): is a centralised, computerised database comprising three distinct registers:
- The register of entrepreneurs.
- The register of associations, other social and professional organisations, foundations and public healthcare institutions.
- The register of insolvent debtors.
The National Court Register operates since 1 January 2001. It provides information on the legal status of a registered entity (The Central Information of the KRS), the material elements of its financial condition and the manner of its representation. Furthermore, the National Court Register contains a lot of important information about entrepreneurs which is essential in commercial circulation, including:
- Information on outstanding taxes and tariff duties.
- Arrears towards the Social Insurance Institution (ZUS).
- Creditors and value of outstanding debts.
The Register of Insolvent Debtors (RDN) constitutes a supplemental repository of knowledge on natural persons being in debt, whom conducting business with may carry an increased risk.
If you are going to do business with a legal person with theirs seat in Poland, firstly, you should check the National Court Register (KRS) to make sure that your potential contractor really exists and all information about his activity you received is true.
Actual excerpt from the National Court Register may be downloaded for free from this website:
All you have to do is mark the button “Przedsiębiorcy” and fulfill the number of the entrepreneur “Numer KRS”, type the signs from the grey rectangle to the empty one on the right “kod z obrazka” and click “szukaj” (search).