Applying for an Identity Document
An identity document (ID) enables South African citizens and permanent residents to identify themselves for general purposes and day-to-day activities in society. IDs form an important part of each person's daily activities since all transactions require positive identification.
You can get a South African ID if you are a South African citizen or permanent resident and are aged 16 years or older.
If your ID book has been lost, stolen or damaged, you can apply for a replacement ID. You can also get a new ID if:
Replacing your lost, stolen or damaged ID will cost R140.
Immigrants who have valid permanent residence permits can also get an ID.
A temporary ID serves as proof of identity while you are waiting for your application for an ID to be processed. This document is only valid for a short period.
First time applicants
All first time applicants must be accompanied by their parents or one of the parents when applying for an ID card. The parents /legal guardians of first time applicants must bring along a certified copy of their IDs as well.
First time applicants must submit the following documentation to their nearest Department of Home Affairs office or South African mission or consulate abroad:
Your fingerprints will be taken by a Home Affairs official and imprinted on Form DHA-9.
Note: If you are a naturalised citizen or a permanent residence permit holder, you must attach the following to your application form:
If the permanent residence permit or exemption certificate cannot be furnished, Form BI-829 must be completed for the issuing of a duplicate thereof.
Re-issuing an ID
In the event that your ID is lost, damaged or stolen, you may request a Temporary Identification Certificate (TIC). This can be done at any office of the Department of Home Affairs and is subject to the verification of your fingerprints.
You can also get a new ID if:
You can apply for a replacement ID by:
Be sure to provide your cellphone number in your application so that you can receive regular updates on the progress of your application via SMS.
To get the SMS updates, simply SMS the word “ID” followed by your ID number to 32551. You will be charged R1 for each SMS sent.
For more information on how to apply for an identity document, visit the Department of Home Affairs website, where you can also track and trace the progress of your ID application.
Correcting errors in your ID
If you get your ID and there are errors, the Department of Home Affairs will replace your ID for free.
To apply to correct information in your ID, simply submit the following to any office of the Department of Home Affairs:
Note: Application forms cannot be downloaded from the Home Affairs website. Please visit your nearest Western Cape Home Affairs office to get one of these.
All South Africans can now apply for the new Smart Identity card which replaces the green bar-coded identity document.
The smart card IDs can only be issued at offices where the live capture system is in place.
So please contact your nearest home affairs office to make sure they have a “live capture” system for processing smart card IDs and new passports.
Applications for a Smart ID will cost R140. You will not need to bring photos as the offices equipped to handle applications for the smart ID card will be able to cater for both processes.
You can also apply for an smart ID online with eHome Affairs.
For more information on smart ID cards, please refer to these frequently asked questions.
These facility categories:
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Note: The cost for applying for an ID does not include the cost of photographs.