FAQ: How to apply for a South African ID Book

3G0A10229SmallSouth African ID Books are issued to South African citizens and Permanent Resident holders from the age of 16 years and onwards. If you are working for the South African government or one of its statutory bodies outside the Republic of South Africa, you are also eligible to receive a South African ID Book.

ID Book Permanent ResidenceThe green bar-coded identity book can be considered as a legal proof of identification in South Africa.

All ID Book applications are done at the respective Departments of Home Affairs or South African Missions or Consulates abroad.

The applications are then sent to the Department of Home Affairs head office in Pretoria where applications are processed and ID Books are generated.

If you are applying for a South African ID Book for the first time, this step by step process is worth a read.

You are required to complete your ID Book application form (form BI-9) at the Department of Home Affairs or South African Missions or Consulates abroad.

This application forms are available at the respective departments and are to be completed in black ink only.

On the day of submission the following documents are needed as originals:

  • Your permanent residence certificate and a copy – Home Affairs will certify the copy for you
  • Passport
  • Birth certificate as well as English Sworn Translation if applicable
  • Marriage certificate as well as English Sworn Translation if applicable
  • Death certificate as well as English Sworn Translation if applicable
  • Divorce Decree as well as English Sworn Translation if applicable
  • 2 Passport sized photographs

Please note that your originals are not kept by the officials and are only used in order to certify your documents.

Finger prints will be taken at the Department of Home Affairs to match those already on record or entered into the National Population Register.

Once the application has been processed and your ID Book has been generated it will be sent to the Departments of Home Affairs or South African Missions or Consulates abroad where you applied initially.

A SMS system has been implemented to update you on the progress of your application from time to time. To receive these SMS updates, simply SMS the word “ID” and your ID number to 32551. Please note that this is not a free service and you will be charged accordingly by your network provider.

by Melissa

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2 Responses to FAQ: How to apply for a South African ID Book

  1. Godfrey Chawane

    my new baby boy is born here in south Africa but when i went to home affairs and try to apply for his birth certificate the refused to help me because the mother she is not south African please help me

    • admin

      Citizenship by birth is a legal right for anyone who can prove the facts of birth and parentage.

      -> It can be obtained by a person, if he or she is born in or outside South Africa with at least one parent who is a South African citizen at the time of that person’s birth.

      -> A person also qualifies to be a South African citizen by birth, if he/ she was born and living in the Republic till he/ she becomes a major, the birth is registered in the Republic in accordance with the Births and Deaths Registration Act, 1992 (BDR Act) and at the date of birth both parents are South African permanent resident holders.

      -> Any person born in South Africa obtains South African citizenship by birth, if the person does not have citizenship or nationality of any other country (or no right to such citizenship or nationality) and his/ her birth is registered with the BDR Act.

      -> A Person who is adopted by a South African citizen in terms of the Children’s Act, 2005, and whose birth is registered with the BDR Act obtains citizenship by descent.

      Here is the full article:
      http://ibn.co.za/obtain-south-african-citizenship/

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