Registering the birth of your child
Once you register your child, you’ll receive an unabridged/complete birth certificate free of charge. If you’re in South Africa you need to register your child at a Department of Home Affairs (DHA) office, and if you’re overseas you need to register your child at a South African embassy or consulate.
If you're married, your child will be registered under the father's surname. For unmarried parents, your child can be registered under either parent's surname.
Note: There are no fees for registering the birth of your child, or for the first birth certificate after registration.
Before you apply
As a parent, guardian or any other person who is legally responsible for the child you'll need to register your child within 30 days. You’ll need to do the following:
How to register
If you don't register your child within the first 30 days, you'll be required to provide more details for the registration. These types of registration of births fall under one of the following categories:
1. After 30 days, but before 1 year
2. After 1 year but before 15 years
If the child is more than a year old but is still younger than 15, you’ll need to complete Form BI -24/1 and submit it along with written reasons why the birth wasn’t notified in the 30-day period.
To facilitate the confirmation of a child's identity and status, the following documentation will be considered:
Please provide as many of these documents as possible when submitting your forms.
Upon application, you’ll be interviewed and your fingerprints will be verified against the national database.
If successful, your application will then be forwarded to the DHA head office for the allocation of an identity number, and for archiving.
3. After 15 years
If you're older than 15 and haven't been registered, your birth registration application must accompany your application for an ID (Form BI-9). You’ll need to:
Registering the birth of a child born within wedlock (Parents are married at the time of birth)
Children born within wedlock can be registered under the surname of the father and mothers jointly, where both parents have given consent.
You’ll need to:
Once the child’s birth has been registered, an unabridged birth certificate is issued free of charge, usually 1-2 days or so after the registration application has been submitted.
If you need more information, you can:
These facility categories:
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There are no fees for registering the birth of your child, or for the first birth certificate after registration.
- Applying for a birth certificate in South Africa (Service)
- Recording an Adoption (Service)