South Africa Business Name Search

Getting Started

Before searching the South Africa Business Name Database, you can save time by making sure your business name is unique and distinguishable from other existing business entities within the South Africa business name database.

South Africa uses a specialized website for handling business affairs. On the site, there is a transactional program for reserving business names that you can use to determine what names are available. By following this handy guide on reserving business names, you’ll be able to run checks on several names to make sure the one you want is available.

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Contacting the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission via Phone or Email is free and is the most reliable way to check your business name availability.

Online, you can search for South African businesses to verify the existence of an enterprise. This search allows you to look through business names that are already in use, so that you can make sure you don’t try to choose a name that is too similar. These searches can be run for free.

South Africa Companies And intellectual property commission


Phone: 086-100-2472

Email: CIPC Enquiry Portal

Hours: 8:00-15:30, Monday-Friday

Frequently Asked Questions

You can register your business name via the CIPC website by following the steps in this step by step guide.

Useful information:

– You will need to create an account as a customer before you can begin registering your business.

– Applications you will need to upload to reserve a business name or register a company can be found on the Company Forms and Fees page.

– Depending on how you choose to register, the fee for reserving a business name may either be R50 or R75.

To register your business name, you’ll need to prepare and file a document with the following details:

– The applicant’s name and customer code.

– The address of the applicant.

– The business name.

– The required fee for your chosen method for applying.


(Source: Application For Defensive Name Registration)

The CIPC makes it very easy to see what names aren’t available, thanks to the business name database and convenient program that you can use to make sure your business name is available before you apply.

Use these resources as much as you need, and be careful to create a name that is unique. If you need to, you can include a few different name choices in your reservation application to give yourself better chances for having a name approved.

If the name you want is already taken, it’s best to come up with something new and unique.

If you’re still unable to find a business name that suits you, try using our business name generator to get unique name ideas (click here to find our business name generator).

Registering your business Domain/website

Don’t make the mistake of forgetting to check if the domain name is available for your business. The last thing you want is to register your business name and find out another competitor or company already has a website with your name! Use our domain check below to instantly check availability.

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