How to update the registered address of a company with CIPC

To update the registered address of a company with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) in South Africa, you need to follow these steps:

  1. Prepare the necessary documents: Gather the required documents, which typically include:
    • Completed Form CoR21.1 (Notice of Registered Office and Postal Address).
    • Certified copies of the ID documents or passports of the company’s directors or members, depending on the type of entity.
    • Proof of the new address, such as a utility bill or lease agreement.
  2. Complete Form CoR21.1: Fill out the Form CoR21.1 accurately and legibly. Include the company’s registration number, name, and old registered address, as well as the new registered address details.
  3. Certify the documents: Ensure that all supporting documents are certified as true copies. Certification can be done by a commissioner of oaths, a notary public, a South African embassy or consulate, or a practicing attorney.
  4. Submit the application: Submit the application and supporting documents to the CIPC. There are a few ways to submit your application:
    • Online submission: Visit the CIPC website (, create an account, and submit the application electronically. You may need to scan the certified documents and upload them.
    • In-person submission: Visit a CIPC office and submit the physical copies of the documents. Check the CIPC website for the nearest office and their operating hours.
  5. Pay the prescribed fee: Pay the prescribed fee for the change of registered address. The fee amount can be found on the CIPC website or by contacting their helpline.
  6. Await confirmation: After submitting the application and paying the fee, you’ll need to wait for confirmation from the CIPC. They will notify you once the registered address has been updated in their records.