Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said on Tuesday, that you will soon be able to apply for and collect your smart IDs at major banks. According to him several new innovations are going to be introduced to assist South Africans for IDs and passports. Your Bank will take your application at the home affairs counter within the bank. The Department is going to link their systems with those banks to undertake this process.
So far Standard Bank, Nedbank and First National Bank had signed memoranda of understanding with the department. The banks will also take the biometric photograph, automated fingerprint, and electronic signature which will be packaged electronically and deposited to home affairs.
Main ideas of this project are to reduce the pressure at the home affairs offices and to strengthen the ability to utilise the infrastructure of the private sector as partners of the administration.
Before the smart ID cards could only be issued at offices which were equipped with the new live capture system and long queues were results of this.
The pilot project with the three banks is expected to begin in April 2015 and the applications are primarily limited to 60- and 16-year-olds. Once it is successful, the application for the smart ID card will be opened up to all South Africans.
Due to their accessibility even in rural areas, the plan is also to incorporate the SA Post Office into the ID application project that in course of time the department of home affairs will also be able to enlist their services.
Please note: The old green ID books would remain valid.
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