A South African ID is an Identity Document which is important to get once you attain the age of 16 years.This document is used as a proof of your identity.In several circumstances you will find yourself being requested to provide your copy of ID book – e.g while applying for a job, opening bank account, applying for loans,applying for drivers licence, access to healthcare services and education.
People who are eligible to apply for SA Id should be South African Citizens or holders of Permanent residence status who are 16 years or older.
Also People including spouses and children working for South African government or one of its statutory bodies outside of South Africa also qualify to receive South African ID books.
You can apply for your ID book at any office of the Department of Home Affairs or any South African mission or consulate overseas. All applications are sent to the Department’s head office in Pretoria.
For the first time applicants, they need to submit the following documents to their nearest DHA office or SA mission abroad:-
- Form BI-9, completed in black ink
- A certified copy of your Birth certificate or reference book or a copy of the old Transkei, Bophutatswana, Venda or Ciskei homelands identity or travel documents
- Two identical, colour 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.
Holders of PR and naturalised citizens need to attach the following forms with their application:-
- your naturalisation certificate and a copy, which will be certified by Home Affairs
- your permanent residency certificate and a copy, which will be certified by Home Affairs
- your exemption certificate and a copy, which will be certified by Home Affairs
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.
Correcting errors in the ID Document
Department of Home Affairs will replace your ID book free of charge if you get your ID book and there are errors in the personal information.All you need is to submit.
– Forms BI-9 and BI-309 completed with the correct information
– Proof of the error, that shows the correct information e.g. birth certificate
– Two identical colour photographs (NOT needed at smartcard offices as ID images are captured digitally)
For more info visit online http://www.dha.gov.za