Smart ID Cards open to all South Africans

Smart ID Card

September 2016 - According to the Home Affairs Department, South Africans over the age of 16, with an existing Green barcode ID, can now apply for the new Smart ID Card and passports online and collect them from one of 11 authorised banks.

The department first launched the new Smart ID online portal on 7th April this year, inviting citizens between the ages of 30 and 35 to use it. Between the 7th April and 13th April, 4 088 citizens registered to use it, with 140 successful applications.

While there are plans to increase the number of banks linked to the Smart ID system, Home Affairs said its initial focus is on Gauteng and Canal Walk in the Western Cape, and has asked citizens outside these areas not to use the site until further notice.

"The beauty of the system is that citizens who choose this facility do not have to queue in Home Affairs offices. Home Affairs offices would then be freed to attend speedily to other clients, thus confirming our promise that the days of 'the horror affairs' are over," said Home Affairs Director-General Mkuseli Apleni.

How the 5-step Smart ID online application works

1. To apply for your Smart Card ID or Passport online, register an account on the Home Affairs Smart ID online portal here

2. Capture your application.

3. Upload supporting documentation.

4. Make a payment.

5. Schedule an appointment with an enabled bank. (Home Affairs Departments don't require appointments.)

  • Download a Smart ID How-To Guide here.

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