In order to change an existing company name, or to add a name to a  company that is trading with its registration number, a name must first be reserved.

Once a name reservation has been approved, the company must lodge a notice of Amendment of memorandum of incorporation (cor15.2).  Please note that any changes to a MoI must be accompanied by a special resolution adopted at a shareholders meeting authorising the name change.

Register as a Customer

To view information on how to register as a customer, click here.  If you are already registered as a customer, and know your customer code and password, proceed to step 2.

Deposit funds

Deposit R50 for a name reservation and R250 for the MoI change if the company has been trading with a name (there is no fee associated with a name change from registration number to a name) into the CIPC bank account.  For the bank account details, click here.  Use your customer code as reference when depositing funds into the CIPC account.

Service turnaround time:  10 working days from date of tracking.

Reserve a Corporate Name

For more information about name reservation, click here.  Any company may be registered with or without a company name.  If a reserved name is not included in the initial application, the company will be registered with its enterprise number. A name may be added at a later stage through a name amendment. A name amendment requires an approved name reservation and a special resolution to effect a change to the Memorandum of Incorporation (MOI).

To reserve a company name, follow these steps:

  • Click on”On-line transacting”/Name Reservation;
  • Login using your Customer Code and Password;
  • Click on Name Reservations/Proposed Name;
  • Click on “Proposed Names”;
  • Capture one to four names in order of preference. Please ensure that you capture the names accurately. If you make an error, you will need to apply for a name change at a later stage;
  • Click on “Submit Proposed Name”. 
  • A screen will display, indicating if the exact name test was successful or not.  If the test for one of the proposed names was not successful, it will be indicated with a cross.  Click on Back and propose another name if you want to add another name.  Click on Lodge Name Reservation.
  • The next screen will indicate that the proposed name(s) has been reserved, and provide you with a reservation number.  Click on either Back to Name Reservations or on Home.
  • You will receive an SMS and email confirmation of the name reservation with the reference number of the reservation.

icons-time.pngThe service delivery standard for a name reservation is 5 working days from the date of submission.

You can track the progress of your document by clicking on "Track my transactions" on the home page.  Click on  “Additional Services”, select “Customers” and then select “Document Status”. To check the tracking number, go to “Customer Transactions” under “Customers”.


Apply for a name change electronically


  • On-line Transacting and then “online name change for companies
  • Login using your customer code and password and follow the prompts
  • Go to online name change
  • Click new application.
  • Type in registration number
  • Click on validate
  • Enterprise details will appear
  • Tick to confirm it is the correct company
  • Click on continue
  • Block for billing appear
  • Click on continue
  • Enter reservation number
  • Click on verify
  • Click on continue/ cancel
  • Click on icon of calendar
  • To select resolution date
  • Click on continue
  • Confirmation will appear
  • Tick to confirm
  • Tick to agree
  • One time pin (OTP) sent to all directors. Each director will receive unique OTP.
  • Enter each pin as received
  • Click verify
  • Once all the OTP have been verified and a green mark displayed, click on continue.
  • Confirmation certificate will be emailed.

Apply for a name change manually


icons-print.pngPrint and complete form CoR15.2

icons-upload.pngScan and e-mail the completed and signed documents together with supporting information to


The following supporting documents must be included in your e-mail:

  • Confirmation notice of the approved name reservation - CoR9.4
  • The original written resolution adopted at a shareholders meeting
  • Certified identity copy of signatory (active director/company secretary)
  • Power of attorney (if applicable)
  • Certified id copy of applicant

Click here to lodge an enquiry.

Important:  Queries relating to transactions already lodged should only be submitted once the Service Turnaround Time has lapsed.

Click here to lodge an enquiry.

Important:  Queries relating to  transactions already lodged should only be submitted once the Service Turnaround Time has lapsed.