Applying for a birth certificate in South Africa
The new regulations under the Births and Deaths Amendment Act specify that an unabridged birth certificate is issued to all parents. This certificate specifies both parents’ details, including their ID numbers, full names, city of birth and citizenship. This measure aims to prevent 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 will need an unabridged birth certificate when they enter or leave the country.
Registering a birth
Your child will be registered under the father's surname if you are married. Your child can be registered under either parent's surname for unmarried parents.
How to apply
Newborn babies will receive an unabridged certificate free of charge. However, if you want to apply for a new unabridged certificate, lost your birth certificate or need additional copies, you must
Submit all this documentation at your nearest Home Affairs office or the nearest South African mission, consulate or embassy if you’re overseas.
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.
Learn more about the amendments to the Births and Deaths Registration Amendment Act or contact Home Affairs customer care on 0800 601 190.
These facility categories:
|Government Body:||(The Government of South Africa)|
- Recording an Adoption (Service)
- Registering the birth of your child (Service)