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 by contacting the Department of Home Affairs.


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 26 September 2019