How to Apply for An Identity Document (ID) in South Africa (2021)

How to Apply for An Identity Document (ID) in South Africa (2021)

If you’ve been in search of how you can apply for an identity document in South Africa, then you’re at the right place.

An identity document or simply called “ID” is any presentable document used to authenticate a person’s true identity. An ID contains a person’s full name, passport, date of birth, place of birth, gender, occupation, etc. Though it looks much like credit cards, it’s is widely accepted and recognized both nationally and internationally. But why do you think an ID is necessary?

You can’t convince anyone about who you are without your ID, and no one would care to believe you without seeing your ID. For example, a military man on mufti cannot make you believe he’s a soldier without showing you his ID to prove. That is a more reason why you should own an ID, to avoid many doubts from strangers.

If you’re 16 years old and above, you are eligible to apply for a South African identity document (ID). As a student, you need an ID to register for matric exams, get a driving licence, apply for a passport, apply for visas to work, study, or visit friends/family overseas, and also open a bank account. Upon collection of your ID and you discover some errors in the personal data (information) the Department of Home Affairs would replace the ID free of charge.

See Also: How to Convert A Foreign Driving Licence in South Africa (2021).

How to Apply for An Identity Document (ID).

If you’ want to apply for an ID for the first time, you must submit the following documentation to the nearest Department of Home Affairs office or South African mission or consulate abroad:

  • A completed black inked form (Form BI-9).
  • A certified copy of your birth certificate (reference book), or a copy of the old Transkei, Bophutatswana, Venda, or Ciskei homelands identity or travel documents.
  • Two same colored photographs (NOT needed at smartcard offices as ID images are captured digitally however colour photographs are still needed for temporary IDs)

Your fingerprints will be taken by a Home Affairs official and imprinted on Form DHA-9.

Also, if you’re a true citizen or a permanent residence permit holder, you must attach the following to your application form:

  • A copy of your naturalization certificate, which will be approved by the Dept. of Home Affairs.
  • A copy of your permanent residency certificate, which will be approved by the Dept. of Home Affairs.
  • A copy of your exemption certificate, which will be approved by the Dept. of Home Affairs.
  • A completed Form BI-1620, which must be completed at a Home Affairs office.

If the permanent residence permit or exemption certificate cannot be furnished, Form BI-829 must be completed for the issuing of a duplicate thereof. If the naturalization certificate cannot be furnished, you must apply for a duplicate prior to submitting the ID book application.

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