CIPC Company Registration
In terms of the Companies Act, 2008, a for profit company (e.g. private company) may be registered with or without a company name while a not for profit company must have a name. When a company is registered without a reserved name, its registration number automatically becomes the company name with (South Africa) as the suffix. This is the quickest way to register a company.
Such a company may transact with a trading (business) name, or may apply to add a reserved name at a later stage. In this case, the company will need to first reserve a name and then apply for a name change, which constitutes a change to its Memorandum of Incorporation (MOI) (refer to Maintain a Business).
If your initial name reservation application is not approved, you will need to apply for new names. You may apply for between 1 and 4 names during each application process. Each name reservation application costs R50 and since it is regarded as a filing fee and not an administrative fee, it is not refundable. It is advised that a free Trade Mark search and browser search (using your preferred browser Google or Chrome etc) to confirm the use of your proposed name before submitting such as part of your name reservation application.
Your name reservation application is only registered or reserved upon written confirmation from CIPC in the form of a CoR9.4. The name reservation is valid for 6 months during which period you must have used it on a company or co-operative registration or a change to a company or close corporation name.
Available Platforms for name reservations:
- New E-services – www.cipc.co.za / Online Transacting / New E-services
- BizPortal – www.bizportal.gov.za
- CIPC Mobile App
- Self Service Terminal
- Banks (as part of company registration process)
- Associated name reservations or names requiring supporting documentation [email protected]
- e-Services – www.cipc.co.za / Online Transacting / e-Services
Click here for step by step guide for name reservation via New E-Services.
Click here for the Frequently Asked Questions.
Click here for the CIPC service standards. Service Standard is dependent on payment for the transaction being made.
Click here to log an enquiry (only after the indicated service standard has lapsed).
Extension of Reserved Name
A reserved name will continue to be valid for a period of 6 months from the date of approval but it can be extended on application together with the prescribed fee of R30, by the person who submitted the name reservation for a period of 60 business days at a time.
The approved or reserved name can only be extended within the month prior to its expiry date and once the reserved name has expired, the same cannot be extended.
- e-Services – www.cipc.co.za / Online Transacting / e-Services
Transfer of Reserved Name
Only a person under which the name has been reserved can transfer the reserved name to the other person by filing a signed notice of the transfer together with the prescribed fee. Thus a transfer of the reserved name can only be transferred from Customer Code under which the name has been reserved to another Customer Code.
A reserved name can only be transferred while still within the stated validity period and once the name has expired, the name cannot be extended.
NB: Transfer of the reserved name does not result in the reserved name validity period being extended (the original validity period applies just assigned to another customer code) or a company name change.
There are five types of companies that you can register. If you wish to run a franchise business, you would register a private company. If you wish to register a church, you would register a non-profit company. A private school could be registered as a private company or non-profit company, depending on its objectives. An association of professionals such as lawyers, doctors, civil engineers etc, may be registered as a personal liability company. For personal liability companies, it is recommended that you consult the relevant regulatory or registration authority of such profession to confirm the type of company registration required
A company registration may vary between R125 and R475 (R125 for a private company, R475 for a non-profit company registered without members).
If you want to register your company online on CIPC ,you must first create a new customer code. To be able to transact with CIPC, you need to register as a customer on CIPC website. Once registered, a virtual account is created in your name.
- Click here to create a customer code and password.
- Click on “Customer Registration”.
- Indicate if you have a South African green barcoded ID document or smart card. (Yes/No)
- If Yes, complete the ID number and Surname and click on Continue. If you do not have an ID number, complete your password number.
- Complete the required fields and click on Register. Please note that the Surname, Name(s0 and ID/Passport Number will be pre-populated on this screen. All compulsory fields are indicated with an asterisk.
- The fields will be verified. If there is any problem or missing information, an error message will display in red, indicating what is required. Correct the fields as indicated and click on “Register” again.
- If the registration was successful, the following message will display: “CUSTOMER CODE REGISTERED!
Your new CIPC customer code has been sent to your cellphone and email address. Click continue below to change your password. Customer Code: X1234.”
Click on Continue.
- A message will display, indicating that your new CIPC customer code has been sent to your cell phone and email address. Click on continue to change your password.
- On the next screen, most fields are pre-populated. Complete the security question, and type in a password. Re-type the password for verification purposes. Check the pre-populated fields and update if any information need to change. Click on Update.
- A message will display indicating that your customer details have been updated, and that your CIPC customer login details have been sent to your email and cellphone. Click on Continue.
- The landing page of the transactional website will be displayed. Click on the relevant button to transact.
Registering as a customer is a once-off process. Keep your customer code and password secure to use for all transactions.
- In order to transact, click on On-line transacting, and choose the relevant transaction.
- If you wish to proceed with customer registration click here.
How To Register your business on CIPC
You can register a Company or Co-operative with CIPC. Click on the relevant type of enterprise you would like to register.