Full Fiduciary Licence

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Applicable law

Licences are issued under the Regulation of Fiduciaries, Administration Businesses and Company Directors, etc. (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law, 2020 ("the Law").

Applicants must read the minimum criteria for licensing set out in Schedule 1 to the Law. 

Relevant applications

  • Primary fiduciary licence – single company;
  • Primary fiduciary licence – single partnership;
  • Primary fiduciary licence – more than one company or partnership.

Specific criteria and principles

The following information is provided in addition to the guidance found at 'New Applicants'.

Rules and Guidance

Applicants are advised that further relevant Rules and Guidance made by the Commission can be accessed from the Commission's Legislation and Guidance pages.

Secondary fiduciary licence

The Financial Services Commission (Fees) Regulations allow applications for primary fiduciary licensees to be submitted jointly (i.e. secondary licence applications) by:

  • companies which are in the same ownership and have common staff, procedures, and clients; 
  • any other combination of person[s] or unincorporated bodies permitted by the Commission to make a joint application.

Applicants for a primary fiduciary licence for more than one company or partnership; or existing primary fiduciary licensees wishing to add a secondary fiduciary licensee to their primary fiduciary licence, should use the Application Form for more than one company or partnership. Secondary applicants must nominate one of the parties as primary applicant. On the Application Form, applicants should name the primary fiduciary licensee as the lead applicant and potential secondary licensees as Applicant 2, Applicant 3 and so on. We will communicate with the lead applicant accordingly.

Managed Trust Company

The Commission allows a primary fiduciary licensee to be managed by another licensed fiduciary licensee. Applicants seeking to be managed by a licensed fiduciary must refer to the Managed Trust Company Note.

Application pack

The licence application pack must contain:

Submission of application form and supporting documentation

Application form and supporting documentation: Scan the fully completed application form (signed and dated by the relevant officers of the applicant) and supporting documentation, as itemised in the application form, together with an explanatory covering letter scheduling the contents and send electronically to [email protected].

  • Primary fiduciary licence – single company;

Application Form for Company

  • Primary fiduciary licence – single partnership;

Application Form for Partnership

  • Primary fiduciary licence – more than one company or partnership.

Application Form for more than one Company or Partnership

Application fee 

The fee is non-refundable - Fees

Beneficial owner evidence

Where an applicant for a primary fiduciary licensee is ultimately owned by a trust then, prior to licensing, the Commission will require an undertaking from each trustee of the trust that it will not add or exclude any beneficiaries, appoint any co-trustees, retire, or sell, transfer, distribute, or otherwise dispose of any shares in the primary fiduciary licensee without the Commission's prior consent. The undertaking must come from a licensed fiduciary; preferably licensed in Guernsey. Where this is not the case, the licensed fiduciary must be licensed in a jurisdiction acceptable to the Commission.

Copies of authorisation or incorporation certificates relating to the beneficial owner of the applicant may be requested.

Personal Questionnaire (“OPQ”) and Online Appointment ("OA")

OPQs and/or OAs must be submitted through the Online PQ Portal for each natural person who is a beneficial owner, controller, partner, director, company secretary, Money Laundering Reporting Officer, Money Laundering Compliance Officer, compliance officer, or manager of the applicant.

Resources and delegation

The applicant is required to have adequate resources in terms of personnel, policies, procedures, premises, and systems to conduct operations including:

  • record-keeping;
  • compliance;
  • anti-money laundering measures;
  • internal control and other systems.

If the applicant proposes to delegate some responsibilities to other service providers, then the arrangement must be acceptable to the Commission and demonstrate that the delegate has the necessary capabilities.

Establishment evidence

Certificate of incorporation, and memorandum and articles of association.


Documentary confirmation that capital has been received, and that it meets the relevant financial resources requirements for the licence category.

Additional information

Where the applicant, controller, or ultimate holding company is resident in a sensitive jurisdiction, as published by the Commission on its website, further details may be requested. 

Application process

We will assess and review the application pack and inform the applicant, or its professional advisers, of any matters requiring expansion and/or clarification. Once all queries have been satisfied, the application will be referred to a decision-maker. A formal response will follow decision-making.


Primary fiduciary licence

We will advise if the submission is complete or requires further expansion and/or clarification. We aim to grant or refuse licences within 56 calendar days of receipt of a fully completed application pack.

Secondary fiduciary licence

We will advise if the submission is complete or requires further expansion and/or clarification. We aim to grant or refuse licences within 28 calendar days of receipt of a fully completed application pack.

Application quality

The response time may be advanced or substantially delayed depending on the quality of the submitted application pack.

Written response

We will send a written response detailing any matters that require expansion and/or clarification to enable the application to be referred to a decision-maker.

Application conclusion


Any conditions which may be imposed on the licence will be scheduled in a covering letter. Conditions will have been discussed with applicants in advance.

Annual fee

Upon licensing, the annual licence fee becomes due; reduced pro rata in the first year. An invoice will be sent with the licence.