Register your Co-operative

A very simple definition of a co-operative would be to say it is a business where a group of people get together voluntary to address their common needs. 

A co-operative is a distinct form of enterprise that provides services and/or products to its members. Profits, known as surpluses in a co-operative, are divided among members in relation to the amount of the business each member did with the co-operative.

By registering a co-operative, you are creating a legal entity with powers and responsibilities as prescribed in the amended Co-operatives Act 6 of 2013.

Before you decide to register a co-operative you need to have a formation meeting to decide on common purpose and agree to register a co-operative.  At the formation meeting the members have to decide on the form and type of co-operative. There must be at least five natural persons or two juristic persons or a combination of any five persons in order to form a primary co-operative.  Co-operatives have certain principles and are expected to include certain values in all their work that they undertake.  Click on the links below for further detail:


Due to Co-operative Amended Act 6 of 2013. Co-operative registration fees are as follows:


R175.00 registration fee, that is:

  •  R50.00 name reservation (CoR 9.1 under eServices) compulsory and
  •  R125.00 registration fee.

To register a hybrid process must be followed:

To register a co-operative, follow these steps:

Register as a customer

Click here

Name reservation

It is compulsory for a co-operative to have an approved name before registration. For name reservation click here

Note the following:

  • The name must always indicate what the main business objective of the co-operative is. For example a co-operative that does Catering, the name must have a word like Catering as part of the name.
  • If the co-operative has multiple objectives, the main objective must still appear as part of the name but words like “Multi-Purpose” or “ Other Projects” could also form part of it.
  •  The fee for name reservation is R50. 

Registration Process

NB: Form CR8/CR4 no longer required at registration stage

Required Forms

  •  CR1/COOP1
  •  Constitution (A constitution must be submitted as part of the application)
  •  Certified id copies, (certification date not to be older than 3 months)
  •  Name reservation confirmation CoR9.4
  • Step by step by guide

Co-operatives logging email:

Service turnaround time: 3 working days from date of tracking.

Click here to lodge an enquiry.

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