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- You must provide certain information to the regulator about how you’ve complied with the automatic enrolment duties, such as how many people you’ve automatically enrolled and into which pension scheme(s).
- You must complete registration even if you don’t have anyone to automatically enrol.
- Registration is mandatory and you could get fined if you don’t do it in time.
- Your registration deadline is four calendar months after your staging date.
- Registration provides a snapshot of your workforce on your staging date and you’ll need to account for each person.
- You can complete registration by answering questions and providing details online. You should start filling in your details as soon as you can.
What information do I need to provide?
You’ll need your letter code and PAYE reference to access the automatic enrolment registration online:
• Your letter code is a 10-digit reference which is on all letters we’ve sent you about automatic enrolment.
• Your PAYE reference is on your P35 (employer annual return) or P30BC payslip booklet.
You’ll need to tell us things like how many people were in employment on your staging date, how many of those you’ve automatically enrolled and how many people were already in a pension scheme with you. You’ll need to account for everyone who worked for you on your staging date so make sure you provide exact numbers.
We’ll also need details about the pension scheme (or schemes) you’re using for automatic enrolment, particularly the employer pension scheme reference (EPSR) or pension scheme registry number (PSR number). If you don’t have this reference on your scheme paperwork, make sure you contact the trustees or managers of the scheme to get this in good time.
For a full list of information you’ll need to provide, see the registration checklist (PDF, 411kb).
When do I have to do it?
Your registration deadline is four calendar months from your staging date. For example, if your staging date is 1st July 2015, you must submit your registration to us no later than 2nd November 2015.
You should make a start filling in details before your staging date. Filling in details as you go through your planning process will help you avoid missing your deadline.
Because the purpose of registration is to tell us about every person who was in employment on your staging date, you won’t be able to complete it or submit it to us until after your staging date.
If you’ve postponed automatic enrolment for any of your staff, you mustn’t submit your registration until after the postponement period has ended. This could mean there’s very little time between the end of the postponement period and your registration deadline, which is why it’s a good idea to fill in details as you get them. You can complete everything in advance except for the information about your workforce.
Don’t leave it until the last day to start – you’re likely to run out of time and won’t be fully compliant.
See related content
A practical guide to using the online service and logging in through the Government Gateway.
Checklist Registration checklist (PDF, 411kb, 2 pages)
Details of all the information you’ll need to tell us at registration.
Information Registration video demonstration
A walk-through guide on how to use the online service.