The Department of Home Affairs spokesperson Mahyilome Tshwete announced that it will be possible for South Africans to apply for their smartcard ID at certain banks in order to fasten the roll-out. This smartcard ID is to replace the old green ID book which will remain valid.
In order to provide this service, Home Affairs will set up special counters in the bank branches. The application itself will be done online so that no paper application forms will be needed anymore.
After the applicant, who has to be customer of the bank, goes to the special counter in the branch and continues the application there.
The banks provide the devices which make it possible to take the biometrical photos and fingerprints needed for the new smart ID.
After a few days the applicant shall receive a SMS from DHA to notify that the card is ready and he/she can go back to the bank to collect the new ID.
However, the application process shall stay the same as if applying at the DHA, therefore also meeting the same requirements. Continue reading