Procedures Guide

The Procedures guide allows entrepreneurs and decision-makers to have a reliable, precise and up to date overview of legal procedures and measures concerning commercial formalities to be undertaken. It is broken down into 6 sections in which you can find information and documentation required for formalities with Registry Offices at the Commercial Courts.

Change in member of the management board

The completed file allowing for the modifying formality with the Register of Trade and Companies (RCS) linked to the change of member of the management board in a public limited company (SA having a management board and supervisory board) must be filed within the month of the legal instrument so deciding (Article R. 123-66 of the Commercial Code) either:

  • at the competent Commercial Formality Centre (CFE); or
  • directly at the registry office of the commercial courtin application of Article R. 123-5 of the Commercial Code (procedure known as "Article 3" of Decree No. 96-650 of 19 July 1996).

Steps preliminary to the filing of the formality

Convene the supervisory board.

Publish a notice of modification in a journal of legal announcements.

Documents to be attached to the file

Legal instruments to be produced by annex to the RCS

A copy of the minutes of supervisory board having decided the change of a member of the management board, which was certified by the legal representative or by any person so authorized by the texts governing the public limited company (SA) (the identity of the former member of the management board must be reference in the legal instrument).

Supporting documents

The M3 printed forms duly completed and signed.

A power of attorney from the legal representative if he or she has not signed the M3 printed forms.

A certificate of publication of the notice of modification in a journal of legal announcements.

For a new member of the management board

A copy of the identity document: copy of a passport, currently valid national identity card, or of a copy of both sides of a currently valid residency permit, if applicable. The status indicated on the residence permit must allow the holder to register with the Trade and Companies Register (RCS).

An original sworn statement issued of non-conviction dated and signed by the interested party which will be verified against any criminal record by the judge appointed to the Trade and Companies Register.

A certificate of family relationship (full names of parents) unless such relationship appears in a document already provided.


Attach a cheque for 205.50 euros

Cheques must be made payable to the relevant GREFFE DU TRIBUNAL DE COMMERCE, and attached to the application.

Cost breakdown for this formality

Registry office fees (including filing fees: €7.80)








Registry office fees: postage fees of extracts included. INPI: National institute of industrial property (paid by the registry office). BODACC: Bulletin Officiel des Annonces Civiles et Commerciales (Official Journal of Civil and Commercial Announcements) (paid by the registry office).