How do I register for UIF?

By | September 2, 2021

Employers can register at the UIF in the following ways: 

  • Registering online  

Step 1: Get the necessary information (ID numbers, addresses of employers and workers) ready.

Step 2: Complete the online registration forms. 

Note: Onlineregistration is not yet active. 

The best alternative will be to complete the UI-8 and UI-19 forms and submit them at your nearest UIF office for processing. After this, you will be issued with a reference number, with which you can complete the registration processes online. 

  • Registering via e-mail 

Step 1: Get the UI-8 and UI-19 (for business employers); or the  UI-8D and UI-19 (for domestic employers) from the website.

Step 2: Employers must complete the forms for both themselves and their workers. This form of registration of workers asks for an employer reference number. However, if the employer does not have a reference number yet, this part can be left open. The UIF will create a reference number and send it to the employer.

Step 3: Both domestic and commercial employers can e-mail the forms to webmaster@uif.gov.za.

  • Registering via telephone

Step 1: Get the necessary information (ID numbers and addresses of employers and workers) ready before phoning the UIF.

Step 2: Phone the UIF at 012 337 1680 and follow the instructions of the UIF official.

Note: Telephonic registration is not yet active. 

The best alternative will be to complete the UI-8 and UI-19 forms and submit them at your nearest UIF office for processing. After this, you will be issued with a reference number, with which you can complete the registration processes. 

  • Registering via fax 
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Step 1: Get the UI-8 (commercial employers) or the UI-8D and UI-19 (domestic/private employers) forms from your nearest Department of Labour office, or on the Department of Labour’s website.

Step 2: Fill in the forms. Employers must complete the forms for both themselves and their workers. This form of registration of workers asks for an employer reference number. However, if the employer does not have a reference number yet, this part can be left open. The UIF will create a reference number and send it to the employer.

Step 3: Fax the completed forms back to the UIF at 086 713 3000.

  • Registering via mail 

Step 1: Get the UI-8 (commercial employers) or the UI-8D and UI-19 (domestic/private employers) forms from your nearest Department of Labour office, or on the Department of Labour’s website.

Step 2: Fill in the forms. Employers must complete the forms for both themselves and their workers. This form of registration of workers asks for an employer reference number. However, if the employer does not have a reference number yet, this part can be left open. The UIF will create a reference number and send it to the employer.

Step 3: Mail the forms to the UIF at: The UIF, Pretoria, 0052.

  • Registering at a labour centre  

​Step 1: Get the necessary information (ID numbers and addresses of employers and workers) ready before visiting a labour centre near you.

Step 2: Get the UI-8 (commercial employers) or the UI-8D and UI-19 (domestic/private employers) forms from your nearest Department of Labour office.

Step 3: Fill in the forms. Employers must complete the forms for both themselves and their workers. This form of registration of workers asks for an employer reference number. However, if the employer does not have a reference number yet, this part can be left open. The UIF will create a reference number and send it to the employer.

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Step 4: Hand in the forms to the labour centre staff.

The UIF uFiling online service 

uFiling is a free, secure and easy-to-use system allowing employers to update individual employee salary details. It enables a streamlined UIF declaration returns process and automatically calculates the UIF contributions associated with your monthly return.

uFiling integrates securely with the UIF systems when issued declarations are submitted and contribution payments are made.

Leveraging the flexibility of the internet, uFiling gives employers 24/7 access to UIF declaration information from anywhere in the world, provided you have an internet connection.

With regular updates and automated e-mail notifications from uFiling, you are now able to use uFiling to help ensure you as an employer will remain compliant with the latest UIF legislative requirements, eliminating the stress and hassles usually associated with compliance.

There are different steps to take to activate the specific uFiling account applicable to you.

Please consult the uFiling System User Guide for step-by-step instructions.

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