How to get a South African Passport

how to get a south african passportIn September, the Department of Home Affairs announced how they are changing how to get a South African passport. It is an ambitious undertaking but it will enable South Africans to apply for passports at one of our local banks.

The Department have teamed up with most of South Africa’s major banks already. This month, the project was rolled out at selected Nedbank branches. It is expected that other banks will follow by 2016.

This plan expands Home Affairs’ footprint and will hopefully minimise queues at Home Affairs branches.

However until such time as it is possible for South Africans to walk into any bank to apply for their passport, it will still be necessary to brave the queues at Home Affairs.

How to get a South African passport at a Home Affairs branch

To get a South African passport, or travel document, you must have a South African identity document (ID). This is for anyone over the age of 16 years.

Should you not have a South African ID, you must obtain that document before applying for your passport.

If you do have an ID, this is how to get a South African passport:

  • Complete form DHA-73. This form is available at Home Affairs offices.
  • Submit the DHA-73 form. Applications made within South African borders can be submitted at any Home Affairs office.
  • Applications from overseas can be submitted at South African embassies or missions.
  • Have your fingerprints and biometric details taken by a Home Affairs officials.
  • Take two identical colour passport photographs, not more than one month old.

Once issued, your passport will be valid for 10 years. You will notified by the Department of Home Affairs when the document is ready for collection.

Check that your passport includes all of the following information:

  • Your photo.
  • The issuing country.
  • Passport number.
  • Your given names and surname.
  • Your nationality.
  • Your gender.
  • Your birth date.
  • Your place of birth.
  • The date on which the passport was issued.
  • The passport’s expiry date.
  • The issuing authority.

To find a Home Affairs office close to you, visit the Home Affairs website and click on the ‘DHA Office Locator’ button on the right-hand side of the page.

Keeping up to date with developments

For further updates on how to get a South African passport with the new option of going into a bank, keep an eye on our blog. This is understandably an exciting development, as it will hopefully streamline the application process for a South African passport. We will update our information when new information is shared with us.