Applying for a Passport

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How to apply for a passport

If you are a South African citizen and you are travelling to another country, you will need to have a South African passport. 

There are different types of passports, with different application fees for each type.

Did you know you can now apply for your passport online? Visit the Department of Home Affairs website for more information about the requirements for online applications. 

Find out more about the different types of South African passports:  

1) Tourist Passport
 
Visitor's passports are issued to South African citizens over the age of 16. 
 

To apply, you'll need to complete the DHA-73 form and submit it at a Home Affairs domestic office or, if you're overseas, at a South African embassy or mission.

You must also: 

  • Have proof of your identity. 
  • Supply 2 passport photographs. Confirm with your nearest Home Affairs office if they're using the new biometric system. If so, then you don't need to bring your own photographs.
  • Have your fingerprints taken.
  • Pay the fee of R400.

It will take about 30 - 40 days to process the application and issue the passport. This passport is valid for 10 years. 

Note: Passports must be valid for at least 30 days after the intended date of departure. Passports should also have at least 2 blank pages for entry stamps. 

Please contact your Home Affairs office before visting, to confirm if they're using the new biometric application system, or if you need to bring your own photos. 

Visas

In addition to a passport, South African citizens are also required to have travel visas for certain countries which you may want to visit.

Find out what the visa requirements for South African passport holders are. 


2) Child's Passport  

This passport is issued to South African children under 16.

To apply, you'll need to complete form DHA-73 and submit it at a Home Affairs domestic office or, if you're overseas, at a South African embassy or mission.

You must also:

  • Have proof of your identity.
  • Supply 2 passport photographs. Confirm with your nearest Home Affairs office if they're using the new biometric system. If so, then you don't need to bring your own photographs.
  • Pay the fee of R400.
  • Both parents and the child must be present when applying. If you are divorced, unmarried or the other parent is deceased, read more here

It will take about ten weeks to process the application and issue the passport.

This passport is valid for 5 years. 

Please contact your Home Affairs office before visting, to confirm if they're using the new biometric application system, or if you need to bring your own photos. 


3) Official PassportsApplying for a SA Passport

This passport is issued to South African officials who are travelling on official government business. 

To apply, you'll need to complete form DHA-73 and submit it at a Home Affairs domestic office or, if you're overseas, at a South African embassy or mission. 

You must also: 
  • Have proof of your identity. 
  • Supply 2 passport photographs. Confirm with your nearest Home Affairs office if they're using the new biometric system. If so, then you don't need to bring your own photographs.
  • Have your fingerprints taken.

This passport is valid for 5 years. 

Please contact your Home Affairs office before visting, to confirm if they're using the new biometric application system, or if you need to bring your own photos. 


4) Emergency Travel Certificate

This document can be issued to South African citizens who need to travel urgently and there is insufficient time to process a passport application.

To apply, you'll need to complete form DHA-73 and submit it at a Home Affairs domestic office or, if you're overseas, at a South African embassy or mission.

You must also:

  • Have proof of your identity.
  • Supply 2 passport photographs. Confirm with your nearest Home Affairs office if they're using the new biometric system. If so, then you don't need to bring your own photographs.
  • Have your fingerprints taken.
  • Pay the fee of R140.

It will take about one week to process the application and issue the certificate.

This certificate is valid for nine months and can only be used for a single journey.

Please contact your Home Affairs office before visting, to confirm if they're using the new biometric application system, or if you need to bring your own photos. 


5) Document for Travel Purposes Applying for a Passport

This document is issued to people with permanent residence in South Africa who cannot get travel documents from their own countries, for example refugees and stateless persons lawfully residing in South Africa.

To apply, you'll need to complete form DHA-73 and submit it at a Home Affairs domestic office or, if you're overseas, at a South African embassy or mission.

You must also:

  • Have proof of your identity.
  • Supply 2 passport photographsConfirm with your nearest Home Affairs office if they're using the new biometric system. If so, then you don't need to bring your own photographs.
  • Have your fingerprints taken.
  • Pay the fee of R400.

It will take about 10 weeks to process the application. You can track and trace the progress of your application on the Department of Home Affairs website, or by sending a sms with the letter P followed by you ID number to 32551.

This document is valid for 5 years.

Please contact your Home Affairs office before visting, to confirm if they're using the new biometric application system, or if you need to bring your own photos. 


New Specification for Passport and ID Photos

For more information, visit the Department of Home Affairs website or contact your nearest Home Affairs Office.

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Please contact your nearest Home Affairs Office for the latest fees required.

The content on this page was last updated on 5 February 2018