If you’re like me and barely have time to breathe amid the million and one things you need to get done, standing in a long queue in a musty government building would not be on top of your list. I always try to find ways to make my life a little easier, and if it can be done online from the comfort of whatever chair I am occupying, then yippee for me 🙂
So when I lost my green bar-coded ID book, my world went upside down! This was the ID document that I got while I was still in high school, and no, I will not reveal how long ago that was :D! I kept on thinking, there’s no way I can get a day off to get the forms, complete the application, get photos done and then return to submit and make payment.
So I hit Google and yes, jackpot! Home affairs, you beaut! I could apply for my smart card ID, pay and submit forms online!
Bonus: I could apply for my passport at the same time!
Comes in handy if you’re changing your surname and need a new ID document or if you want to get your passport done for the honeymoon travels.
You can :
eHomeAffairs allows the following:
- Submit applications online
- Upload supporting documents
- Make online payments
- And schedule a booking to visit a Home Affairs enabled Bank offices
Note: A branch visit is mandatory for the capture and verification of your biometric detail (photos, fingerprints, and signature). No appointment/booking is required to visit any Home Affairs office.
Applications can be made for adults and minors if required.
Easily accessible tabs on the top of the page to register/login and FAQ’s. The site currently lists 140 smart card office across South Africa for your in-person visit. The process was painless enough.
Home affairs no longer issue temporary passports – click here to read more
Click here for information on applying for your RSA passport.
Links below for more information :
Happy wedding planning!
The above information/links were obtained directly from the home affairs website. We strongly suggest you visit the official website to ensure information is correct and up to date before actioning.