Protect Yourself from Identity Fraud | Western Cape Government

Protect Yourself from Identity Fraud


To prevent your identity from being fraudulently used, verify the status of your identity on the Home Affairs website.


You can check your status by typing your ID number into the Department of Home Affairs website.

Verify whether you have a duplicate ID number online.

Verify your ID status (alive/deceased) online.

Verify your marital status online.

For more information, you can contact the Home Affairs hotline number: 0800 60 11 90.

You can also visit your nearest Home Affairs office to check your status or you can query the status via SMS.

Send an SMS to 32551; the message of the SMS should be as follows:

For your ID status (deceased or alive): Type the letter L and then the ID number (eg L 5001010050080).

For your marital status: Type the letter M and then the ID number (eg M 5001010050080).

You will receive the status directly to your cellphone via SMS.

Provided by:
Government Body: (The Government of South Africa)
The content on this page was last updated on 9 December 2013