Start-up notification - associations

When you want to enter your association in the Register of Associations, file a start-up notification with the PRH.

It is cheaper to file a start-up notification online than by using paper forms. The online filing service is only available in Finnish and in Swedish.

If the PRH have preliminarily checked the rules of your association, you can file the notification by using our paper forms. Go to the instructions on how to file a start-up notification using a paper form.

On this page, you will find information on the following:

Who signs the notification?

The chairperson of the executive committee signs the start-up notification. If the association is filing its executive committee with the Register of Associations, then any other adult committee member can also sign the notification.

Please note: Committee members who are only being filed as persons entitled to sign for the association have no right to sign the notification.

The person who signs the notification must have a Finnish personal identity code, and personal internet banking codes, a mobile certificate, or an electronic identity card (HST card).

If the person who fills in the notification is not entitled to sign for the association, he or she must give the document code of the notification to the person entitled to sign, so that the person can log in to the service to sign the notification.

Guidelines for notification

In order to file the notification, you need the following documents and details:

  • charter
  • rules of your association
  • details of the persons who you are filing.

They must be written in Finnish or in Swedish.

You will need the Finnish personal identity codes of the chairperson and other persons entitled to sign for the association. If you file the executive committee for registration, you will also need the details on the personal identity codes of the committee members.

If a committee member or a person entitled to sign for the association has no Finnish personal identity code, you will need their date of birth, citizenship, and home address. Enclose a copy of their passport or other identification document with the notification.

What does it cost to file online?

The start-up notification costs 100 euros.

How to file a notification online

If your association has already drawn up its rules, you can file the start-up notification in the online service of the Register of Associations.

Log in to the service to fill in the start-up notification. Enter the requested details.

Write the rules in the text box of the service or copy and paste the rules from your computer’s word processing program. If you copy and paste the rules from a word processing program, clear all document formatting before copying and pasting the text into the text box.

Instructions on the spelling of association rules (in Finnish).

Instructions on the spelling of association rules (in Swedish).

Enclose the signed charter as a PDF file.

If the person who fills in the notification is not entitled to sign it, he or she can send an email from the online service to the person entitled to sign the notification, as soon as it is ready to be signed.

The start-up notification is signed, sent, and paid in the online service.

The notification is paid in the service after it has been signed. Anyone can pay the handling fee. Pay the fee by using your internet bank codes or by credit card.

The PRH will not process your notification until you have paid the handling fee.

Go to the online filing service of the Register of Associations in Finnish and in Swedish. Start by identifying yourself via the suomi.fi service.

If you file your start-up notification using a paper form, the processing time will be longer and the fee will be higher than when filing online. Go to our instructions on paper forms.

How to follow the processing of your notification

You can follow the processing in our online service on the page of the association. Go to the online service in Finnish or in Swedish. Start by identifying yourself via the suomi.fi service.

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Latest update 24.08.2020