Apply for a licence for an unreserved postal service

What you should do
How long does it take
How much does it cost
Forms to complete
Who to contact



About a licence to operate an unreserved postal service

Private individuals or businesses may apply for a licence to operate an unreserved postal or courier service.

Only the South African Post Office may:

  • deliver addressed letters
  • deliver items weighing one kilogramme or less
  • deliver cylinders of 458 mm or less, 100 mm thickness and a mass of up to one kilogramme
  • issue postage stamps
  • provide roadside collection and address boxes.

Registration is valid for a period of three year from the date of issue of a registration certificate.

What you should do

  1. Complete the application form in triplicate.
  2. Pay the application fee to the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA):
    Bank: Nedbank
    Account No: 1454090456
    Branch code: 198765
    Branch: Nedbank South Africa
    Swift code: NEDSZAJJ
  3. Include the following with the application:
    • registration certificate of business
    • certified copies of all relevant founding documents
    • details of shareholders and the percentage shareholding of each
    • particulars of contnbrolling entity
    • detailed business plan.
  4. Failure to comply with any of these requirements may lead to disqualification of the application.

How long does it take

The licence may be ready after 30 days.

How much does it cost

  •  Non-refundable registration fee: R1 000.
  •  Licence fee: R5 000.

Who to contact


ICASA head office
Tel: 012 568 3000/3001

Physical address: 350 Witch-Hazel Ave, Eco-Park Estate, Centurion, 0144
Postal address: Private Bag X10, Highveld Park 0169

Regional offices