How to Register a Business in South Africa


If you are interested in registering your business as a private company in South Africa, these are the steps you should follow as per the official CIPC (Companies and Intellectual Properties Commission) website. Make sure you have details such as the names and ID numbers of the director/s and incorporator of the company.


Make sure you have the following before registering:

  • Certified identity copy of applicant;
  • Certified copies of the Identity Documents of the Directors and Incorporators;
    • lodgement of a passport copy is only accepted as proof of identity for non-residents of South Africa. For South African residents a green bar-coded/ smart ID copy must be lodged (certified).”
  • The name confirmation certificate (COR9.4), if applicable;
  • Power of attorney (if applicable);
  • For trust or company/juristic person as an incorporator, the resolution and certified ID copy of the duly authorised representative must be attached.


Scan and email the signed forms and supporting documents to CIPC at or use the Upload functionality found on the site


N.B:  Service turnaround time:  3 working days from date of date of the submission of the supporting documentation.

You can track the progress of your document by visiting the E-services page on the website.  Sign in with your customer code and password, and click on Transaction Status.


Follow the link at the bottom of this post if you would like to be directed to the CIPC Website.


CIPC Website:

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