Welcome to the post where we will discuss the steps to change a company name on the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) website. A company name is one of the most important things that define its identity, and sometimes it becomes necessary to change the name either due to rebranding, mergers & acquisitions, or any other reasons.
- Requirements to change a company name on CIPC
- Steps to change a Company name on CIPC
Requirements to change a company name on CIPC
Before we take you through the steps to change a company name on CIPC, let's quickly glance at the requirements you need to meet to proceed:
- Your company should be registered with the CIPC.
- You should have the authorization to act on behalf of the company.
- You should have a valid email address registered with the CIPC.
- The name that you wish to change your company name to must meet the qualifications according to the Companies Act.
Steps to change a Company name on CIPC
Step 1: Log in to your CIPC account
To change your company name, you need to first log in to your CIPC account by visiting the website www.cipc.co.za. Once you have accessed the website, enter your email address and password in the relevant fields, and click on 'Log in'.
Step 2: Choose the 'Name Change' option
After you have successfully logged in to your CIPC account, select the option 'Name Change' from the menu list.
Step 3: Fill the 'Name Changes Application' form
Now, you will land on the 'Name Changes Application' page where you will need to fill in the necessary details, including:
- The proposed name
- The reason for the name change
- The effective date of name change
- Attach supporting documents (in the PDF format)
Once you have filled in all the details and attached the required documents, you can review the information provided and confirm its accuracy.
Step 4: Submit the application
After confirming all the details you provided, submit the application. The CIPC will review the application and might request additional details or documents before processing it further.
Step 5: Pay the applicable fee
Once your application is accepted, you will receive a notification to pay the applicable fee for the name change process. The fee is payable on the CIPC website using a credit or debit card, or you can make payment at one of the CIPC offices.
Step 6: Wait for approval
After payment, you will receive confirmation of payment and the estimated time for the name change process completion. Once the name change is approved, you will receive notification via email.
Changing a company name with the CIPC might seem complex, but by following the above simple steps, you can quickly change your company's name. Always remember to ensure that the proposed name meets the qualifications set by the Companies Act and have all the necessary documentation ready to expedite the process.