South Africans of all ages may now apply for the new Smart Identity card, which will replace the green bar-coded identity document. The smart card IDs may only be issued in offices that have a live capture system. EHome Affairs also allows you to apply for a smart ID online. The application process takes about 30 minutes.
Who can apply for a smart ID? Anyone who is 18 years old or older can apply. There are no specific requirements as far as your personal details go, but it's advisable to provide some form of identification when applying for the card. This could be your national ID number, a passport photo, or even an image of your driving license.
What does a smart ID do? The smart card carries data on it that acts as a replacement for your current ID document. It contains an embedded computer chip and an antenna that allow it to communicate with readers installed at various points-of-sale (such as banks, shops, etc.). These readers use the information stored on the card to verify your identity and access security measures such as retinal scans and fingerprints.
There are two types of smart cards: standard and enhanced. Both contain an embedded computer chip and radio frequency antenna that enable them to work with reader devices installed at point-of-sale (PoS) locations.
ABSA and Nedbank are now offering the smart ID. Passports may also be obtained via banks such as FNB, Capitec, and Nedbank. According to FNB, all South Africans of the specified and qualifying age categories are eligible for a Smart ID. FNB, on the other hand, primarily serves its consumers. Thus, only people who want to use their FNB card can apply online. Those who want to keep their existing bank account with another bank can still do so.
First-time applicants must present a birth certificate, evidence of address, and, in the case of minors, the parent's signature (s). Permanent residents of South Africa must have a green bar-coded ID. For first-time applicants, a permanent residency certificate and evidence of address are required. Is a Smart ID Card issued to you? You can register online to check your registration status.
Applicants must be aged 13 to 59 on the first day of the month they want their card issued to them. The minimum age is 13, though people often become eligible at 15 or 16. Eligible persons can apply directly at any participating office with proof of identity and residence. To find out if the office where you live is participating, contact the department that administers Social Security. Forms can also be obtained from Social Security offices or by calling 1-800-772-1213.
What does it cost to apply for a smart ID? There is no fee for applying. People may be asked to pay a deposit when they apply for a card; this is usually $10 but can be higher. Deposit payments are refunded if you cannot use the card for at least six months (or if it is lost or stolen).
How long does it take to get a smart ID? It depends on the office where you apply. At some offices, it takes only minutes while others can take several weeks or longer.
Please check with your local home affairs office to see whether they have a "live capture" technology for processing smart card IDs and new passports. Smart ID applications will cost R140.00 (approximately $12.50). The application process takes approximately three working days.
Intelligent identification. Home Affairs Offices in the Western Cape Obtaining a Smart ID Obtaining an Identity Document
|Types of Applications||Cost of Applications||Photographs|
|Smart ID Card (all other citizens)||R140||No photos needed|
|Replacement of an ID or Smart Card||R140||Two identical ID photos|
|Temporary ID||R70||Two identical ID photos|
Some states enable citizens to apply for replacement ID cards by mail, while others allow them to apply and pay for the cards online. (However, you may have to pay an additional service fee if you apply online.) Make careful to double-check everything. Some federal agencies that issue ID cards include: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services - This agency issues new passports, visas, and other documents. Social Security Administration - Issues new driver's licenses and state IDs. Defense Department - Issues military ID cards. Federal Bureau of Investigation - Issues FBI IDs.
If you don't have Internet access but still want to apply for a new ID card, call or go in person to a state office where they will be happy to help you with your request. It may be helpful to bring documentation that includes your current address as well as proof of identity (such as a bank statement) when you make your appointment.
Applying for a new ID card is easy if you have it done with paper forms. But if you need to apply online, read on for more information about what documents you'll need and how to find them.
You'll need to provide a few pieces of information when you apply for your ID card online. These include your name, birth date, and gender.