How to apply for a Smart ID in South Africa


How to apply for a Smart ID in South Africa online

To apply for a Smart ID, you can follow these steps via eHomeAffairs website

  1. Visit the eHomeAffairs application portal on an internet-enabled device.
  2. Click Go to Registration and create your profile with your personal details, password and security questions.
  3. Click Apply for Smart ID and capture your application details. Proofread to ascertain their correctness.
  4. Attach supporting documents such as your ID book, birth certificate or marriage certificate.
  5. You will be redirected to the payment page. Pay R140 for the Smart ID card using your bank card or internet banking.
  6. You will receive a confirmation SMS or email with a reference number.
  7. Book an appointment at your nearest Home Affairs or bank branch that offers the service.
  8. Go to the branch on the appointed date and time with your reference number and biometric data such as fingerprints and photos will be captured.
  9. You will receive another SMS or email when your Smart ID is ready for collection.

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information on How to apply for a Smart ID

  1. Eligibility: You must be a South African citizen or permanent resident to apply for a Smart ID.
  2. Documents required: You will need to bring the following documents to your Smart ID application appointment:
  • A certified copy of your birth certificate or South African ID
  • Two recent ID photographs for smart id
  • Proof of address (such as a utility bill or bank statement)
  • If you are a first-time applicant, you will need to bring your old green barcoded ID or an affidavit explaining why you do not have it.
  1. Booking an appointment for Smart ID in South Africa: You can book an appointment for your Smart ID application online through the Department of Home Affairs’ eChannel portal or by visiting your nearest Department of Home Affairs office.
  2. Fees: The cost of a Smart ID is currently R140, but this is subject to change.
  3. Processing time: The Department of Home Affairs states that the processing time for a Smart ID is approximately 14 working days from the date of application.
  4. Collection: Once your Smart ID application is ready, you will receive an SMS notifying you to collect it from the office where you applied.