Applying for a birth certificate in South Africa
Before the new regulations of the Births and Deaths Amendment Act came into effect in March 2014, parents were issued with an abridged birth certificate when they registered the birth of their baby, this included the ID number, full name and country of birth.
Now, the new regulations specify that all parents will be issued with unabridged birth certificates. This certificate specifies both parents’ details, including their ID numbers, full names, city of birth and citizenship. This measure is aimed at preventing incidences of fraud and human trafficking.
The new immigration law that came into effect on 1 June 2015 specifies that children younger than 18 years of age will need an unabridged birth certificate and passport when they enter or leave the country.
As a parent you need to do the following as required by the national Department of Home Affairs:
How to apply
Newborn babies will receive an unabridged certificate free of charge. However, if you want to apply for an unabridged certificate, visit any Home Affairs office and take:
This process will take 6 – 8 weeks.
If you're waiting on the unabridged birth certificate and need to travel, consider asking a Home Affairs office for a letter that provides the details of both parents. Your child will be able to travel when you receive this letter.
Replacing lost certificates
If you've lost your birth certificate or need another copy, you can apply at your nearest Home Affairs office.
If you're outside the country, you can apply at a South African mission, consulate or embassy.
Learn more about the amendments to the Births and Deaths Registration Amendment Act or contact Home Affairs customer care on 0800 601 190.
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|Government Body:||(The Government of South Africa)|