How Do I Register A Company For UIF?

Are you a business owner in South Africa wondering how to register your company for UIF (Unemployment Insurance Fund)? I’ve got you covered! In this comprehensive guide, I’ll walk you through the process, making it simple for both commercial and domestic employers. Let’s dive in!

Understanding UIF Registration

As an employer in South Africa, it’s your legal duty to register both yourself and your employees with the UIF. This fund provides short-term relief to workers who become unemployed or are unable to work due to various reasons. By registering, you’re not only complying with the law but also safeguarding your employees’ financial well-being.

Multiple Ways to Register for UIF

The Department of Labour offers several methods to register for UIF. Choose the one that’s most convenient for you:

  • Online Registration
  • Email Registration
  • Telephone Registration
  • Fax Registration
  • Mail Registration
  • In-Person Registration at Labour Centres

Let’s explore each method in detail.

Online UIF Registration (Currently Unavailable)

While online registration is usually the quickest method, it’s currently not active for both commercial and domestic employers. However, when it’s available, you’ll need to fill out the UI-8 (for commercial) or UI-8D (for domestic) forms on the Department of Labour’s website.

Email UIF Registration: Fast and Convenient

Email registration is my go-to method. Here’s how I do it:

  1. Download Forms: I get the UI-8 and UI-19 (for commercial) or UI-8D and UI-19 (for domestic) from the Department of Labour’s website.
  2. Fill Forms: I complete the forms for myself and my employees. If I don’t have an employer reference number yet, I leave that part blank.
  3. Email Forms: I send the completed forms to

Telephone UIF Registration (Currently Unavailable)

Typically, you’d call (012) 337 1680 and follow the UIF official’s instructions. However, this method is currently not active.

Fax UIF Registration: Quick and Paperless

If you prefer faxing, here’s what I do:

  1. Get Forms: I obtain UI-8 (commercial) or UI-8D (domestic) and UI-19 from the nearest labour centre or their website.
  2. Fill Forms: I complete the forms for myself and my employees.
  3. Fax Forms: I fax the completed forms to 086 713 3000.

Mail UIF Registration: Traditional but Reliable

For mail registration:

  1. Get Forms: I get UI-8 and UI-19 (commercial) or UI-8D and UI-19 (domestic) from the website or labour centre.
  2. Fill Forms: I complete the forms for myself and my employees.
  3. Mail Forms: I mail them to:
The UIF Pretoria 0052

Note: Postage is payable for all mail sent to the UIF.

In-Person UIF Registration at Labour Centres

I sometimes prefer the personal touch. Here’s how I register at a labour centre:

  1. Gather Info: I prepare ID numbers and addresses of myself and my employees.
  2. Get Forms: I obtain UI-8 and UI-19 (commercial) or UI-8D and UI-19 (domestic) from the staff.
  3. Fill Forms: I complete the forms for myself and my employees.
  4. Submit Forms: I hand in the completed forms to the staff.

Essential Information for UIF Registration

Before registering, make sure you have:

  • Your ID number and address
  • Employees’ ID numbers and addresses
  • Business details (for commercial employers)

Pro Tip: If you don’t have an employer reference number, leave that part blank. The UIF will generate one and send it to you.

Registering for PAYE, UIF, and SDL on eFiling

As a business owner, I also need to register for PAYE (Pay As You Earn), UIF, and SDL (Skills Development Levy) on eFiling. This streamlines my tax and employee-related payments. To do this, I visit the SARS eFiling website and follow their registration process.

People Also Ask

How do I register a new company for UIF in South Africa?

To register a new company for UIF in South Africa, download UI-8 and UI-19 forms from the Department of Labour’s website, fill them out for yourself and your employees, and email them to Alternatively, visit your nearest labour centre.

Can I register my business for UIF online?

Currently, online UIF registration is not active for businesses in South Africa. However, you can easily register via email, fax, mail, or by visiting a labour centre.

How do I register my employer for UIF?

As an employee, you don’t need to register your employer. It’s your employer’s responsibility to register both themselves and their employees with the UIF by filling out UI-8 (or UI-8D) and UI-19 forms.

What’s the process to register a company for PAYE, UIF, and SDL?

To register for PAYE, UIF, and SDL, visit the SARS eFiling website. You’ll need to create an account, provide your business details, and follow the prompts to register for these three essential employer obligations.

Is it mandatory for all businesses to register for UIF?

Yes, it’s legally required for all employers in South Africa, whether commercial or domestic, to register themselves and their employees with the UIF, ensuring financial protection for workers.

Conclusion: Securing Your Workforce

Registering your company for UIF isn’t just a legal obligation; it’s a commitment to your employees’ welfare. By following these steps, you’re not only complying with South African law but also building a loyal and secure workforce. Remember, a company is only as strong as its team, and UIF registration is a key part of that strength.

If you need more information or have specific questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to the Department of Labour or visit their official website. Together, let’s build a thriving, secure business environment in South Africa!


Chinua Achebe, with a decade of expertise in SASSA and NSFAS, is your trusted guide in navigating these vital support programs. Count on his experience to help you access the assistance you need.

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