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The Department of Home Affairs carries out the primary responsibilities of providing services such as maintaining the National Population Register (NPR), maintaining marriage and birth records, determining and granting citizenship, issuing travel documents, passports and identity documents along with its responsibilities to foreigners such as administering the new admissions into the country, helping determine the residency statuses of foreigners and issuing permits thereof, handling the custodianship of refugees, and issuing inspectorate and policy directives.
Department Mission Statement
The Department’s mission is to sustain a peaceful world, which foster conditions for the growth of democracy and justice, progress and stability both for the benefit of South African citizens as well as people from everywhere.
Formed on May 31st, 1910, the Hallmark building in Johannesburg has been actively providing services to the citizens of South Africa and people from outside South Africa.
Registration of Births
Was your child born on the sacred soil of the Cradle of Civilization? Then, you would need to consider registering them.
Late Registration of a Birth
Births reported either after 30 days of birth by before one year, after a year, but before 15 years and 15 years and older can get an unabridged birth certificate, provided they submit the BI-24 along with written reasons why the form was not submitted on time.
Registering the birth of a child born within and out of wedlock
The child will be registered under the surname of the mother, if born out of wedlock and those born within wedlock will be registered under the surname of the father and the mother jointly upon filling the BI-24 form and submitting it to your nearest Department of Home Affairs office.
Smart ID card
You will be able to get our smart ID card at any of our 70 centers. It can be used both by those who are above 16 years of age as well as by pensioners. Our Smart ID card is tamper proof and comes with well-spaced elements such as an exclusive area to add your digital signature along with your particulars printed on it.
Getting married? Then you need to complete certain formalities in order to make your marriage legally valid and binding. What’s more, in an age, where there are many fraudulent marriages taking place, you can even verify whether your marriage is legally valid by simply sending us an SMS message. Send us the letter M followed by your ID number (example: M5001010050080) to 32551 and we will get back to you with the complete details of your marriage, if it has been registered with us.
Has someone passed away in your family? When you register the death of a family member or a friend, we would provide you with a death certificate.
Considering adopting a child? Then, apply with us by simply completing the form BI-193, by paying the required fees and by writing a letter as to why you are considering adopting a child and you can adopt the child as soon as possible.
Immigration / Citizenship
Want a home away from home in the Cradle of Civilization? Then, consider applying with us for a South African citizenship.
Are you thinking of home or want to return home, then you can talk to an immigration officer at one of our centers listed below to discuss what your options are. It is important to remember that the decision to return home to South Africa is solely yours.
Phone: 0800 601190
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