Individual Insolvency Register (IIR)
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Who will find out I'm bankrupt?

When you are declared insolvent your information is held on the Individual Insolvency Register.

This applies if you go bankrupt, enter an IVA or a Debt Relief Order.

This guide shows you what and where your details will be displayed or advertised.

Who can search Insolvency Register?

We show you how long records stay on the register and how you can get your details removed.

Insolvency Register

What is the Insolvency Register:

The Insolvency Register is run by the Insolvency Service, which is required by law to maintain a public register of bankruptcy and related information.

The Individual Insolvency Register (IIR) sometimes referred to as the bankruptcy register, contains details on:

  • Bankruptcies that are current or have ended in the last 3 months
  • Individual Voluntary Arrangements (IVAs), including those that have ended in the last 3 months
  • Debt Relief Orders (DRO's) that are current or have ended in the last 3 months

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How do I search the Insolvency Register?

Searching the individual insolvency register (www.insolvencydirect.bis.gov.uk/eiir/ ) is free and available to all.

All you need to search the database is someone's surname. The search can cover the whole of England and Wales.

search insolvency register

A bankruptcy search on the site will return a list of people with that name. If it's a common name, the number of results may be several pages long.

What information does the Individual Insolvency Register contain?

As well as their full name, the results shows the full address, date of birth, the category of case (bankruptcy, IVA or debt relief order).

Bankruptcy Orders

  • name of the person who is bankrupt (including any other known names)
  • occupation and trading details
  • date of birth
  • last known address
  • gender
  • details of current bankruptcy order
  • automatic discharge date or the date the discharge period was suspended
  • details of the insolvency practitioner appointed as trustee
  • the official receiver’s address
  • details of any bankruptcy order made in the 6 year period prior to the latest bankruptcy order

Individual Voluntary Arrangements

  • name
  • last known address
  • date of birth
  • gender
  • date the IVA was approved by creditors
  • name and address of the supervisor

Debt Relief Orders

  • name
  • occupation
  • name and address and type of any business they may have been invliced in
  • date of birth
  • details of the debt relief order
  • date the debt relief order ’moratorium’ period will end
  • details of any debt relief order or bankruptcy order made in the 6 year period prior to the latest debt relief order against the individual

There is also a bankruptcy restrictions order register, which contains details of matters relating to interim bankruptcy restrictions orders, bankruptcy restrictions orders and also bankruptcy restrictions undertakings.

How long do records stay on the Insolvency Register?

Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy stays on the register for 3 months after the date of discharge.

If bankruptcy is cancelled because the debts have been paid in full or creditors have approved an IVA, it stays on the bankruptcy register for 3 months after the Secretary of State receives notice of the order.

Individual Voluntary Arrangements (IVA)

IVA's stay on the register for a period of 3 months after the Secretary of State receies notice that the arrangement has been cancelled, satisfied (completion of the IVA) or terminated.

Debt Relief Orders (DRO)

Details of a Debt Relief Order stay on the Insolvency Register for 3 months after the moratorium period has ended or the Debt Relief Order is revoked.

Can I stop my details appearing on the Insolvency Register?

The Insolvency Service says that, by law, it has to keep a public register of such information.

This is so creditors, employers, and lenders have access to the information they need.

You can apply to have your address removed from the Individual Insolvency Register if publishing it will put you at risk of violence. This won’t affect your bankruptcy, IVA or Debt Relief Order.

Where else is my bankruptcy advertised?

All bankruptcies in the UK are also published in The Gazette.

The Gazette is a government publication, managed by The Stationery Office.

It is the UK’s official public record, and is comprised of three publications: The London Gazette (published every weekday), The Belfast Gazette (published on Tuesdays) and The Edinburgh Gazette (published on Fridays).

The information also appears on it's website.

The Gazette shows the same details as the Insolvency Register, and you can request that your address is hidden if if publishing it will put you at risk of violence.

Will my bankruptcy be in the local paper?

Bankruptcy is rarely advertised in the local newspaper now unless it’s an exceptional case and the Insolvency Service decides it is in the creditors interest to publish it your local paper. This is usually if you are not cooperating with the Official Receiver.

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  • Last updated 29 May 2016

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