What constitutes a valid certified copy to the CIPC? 

-          A certified copy needs to be stamped by a Commissioner of Oaths. 

-          Must contain full name, surname, date, designation and signature of the Commissioner of Oaths.

-          Not be older than 3 months. 

-          Commissioner of Oaths must site the original and then verify authenticity of the copy by stamping and dating it. 

-          These people are trusted members of society who have been given authority to verify authenticity of copies of originals.

-          A certified document must be certified from the original and may not be certified from another copy.

-          A photocopy of a certified copy is not valid.

-          Each document must be certified separately.

Source:  http://www.cipc.co.za/files/8214/7740/0978/Notice_54_of_2016_Objections.pdf


Who qualifies as a Commissioner of Oaths? 

Attorneys, Chartered Accountants, South African Post Office, Banks, South African Police or any person appointed to be a Commissioner of Oaths by the Chief of Justice.


What will happen if I submit a copy that is not certified? 

CIPC will reject your application, and we will contact you for a new certified copy.

What do I do if I have lost my original ID?

In the event that you have lost, damaged or have had your ID book stolen, you may request a temporary Identification Certificate (TIC). This can be done at any office of the Department of Home Affairs and is subject to the verification of your fingerprints and you supplying an affidavit stating that you have lost your ID. An affidavit can be obtained from a police station.