How to restore a deregistered company with CIPC

To restore a deregistered company with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) in South Africa, you need to follow a specific process. Here’s a general outline of the steps involved:

  1. Obtain the necessary documentation: You’ll need the deregistration notice, a certified copy of the company’s Memorandum of Incorporation (MOI), and the company’s registration number.
  2. Prepare an application: Prepare a formal application to the CIPC requesting the restoration of the deregistered company. Include the reasons for the restoration and any relevant supporting documents.
  3. Pay outstanding fees: Determine if there are any outstanding fees or penalties associated with the company’s deregistration. If there are, make sure to settle these before proceeding with the restoration process.
  4. Submit the application: Submit the application along with the required documents and fees to the CIPC. Make sure to comply with any specific submission requirements outlined by the CIPC.
  5. Await approval: The CIPC will review your application and supporting documents. This process can take some time, so it’s essential to be patient during this stage.
  6. Compliance requirements: In some cases, the CIPC may require you to fulfill certain compliance requirements before they approve the restoration. This could include submitting outstanding annual returns or financial statements.
  7. Approval and reinstatement: If the CIPC is satisfied with your application and compliance, they will issue an approval letter for the restoration of the company. Upon receiving the approval, you can proceed with the reinstatement process.
  8. Lodging reinstatement documents: Submit the necessary documents, such as a Notice of Amendment (CoR39) and the approved restoration letter, to the CIPC.
  9. Pay reinstatement fees: Pay the applicable reinstatement fees to the CIPC. These fees can vary, so make sure to check the current fee structure on the CIPC website.
  10. Confirmation of reinstatement: Once the CIPC receives the required documents and fees, they will confirm the reinstatement of the company by issuing a reinstatement certificate or letter.

It’s important to note that the process and requirements for restoring a deregistered company may vary depending on the circumstances and the specific regulations in place at the time. It’s advisable to consult with a legal or business professional familiar with South African company law to ensure compliance and guidance throughout the restoration process.