Home Affairs launches online ID application system


The Home Office has launched the pilot for its eHomeAffairs system, which allows South Africans to apply for their smart ID cards online.

South African citizens between the ages of 30 and 35 can now apply for their passport or smart ID card online, at a cost of R140 for ID and R400 for a passport.

The Home Office first announced what it called its e-Channel portal in 2015 and tested the system with a number of major banks.

The banks participating in the trial are Absa, FNB, Standard Bank and Nedbank.

It allows citizens to submit applications for their smart ID and passport, upload supporting documents, pay their application fees and schedule branch visits.

Once your application has been submitted, a visit to a domestic affairs branch or a supported bank is required to submit your fingerprints and have your photograph taken.

The service will then send you an SMS when your identity card or passport is ready to be collected.

Home Affairs has announced that it will soon open its eHomeAffairs service to more citizens.

About 140 interior offices across the country are set up to issue Smart IDs.

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