Thankfully, it is no longer necessary to stand in long queues to apply for your South African passport or your Smart ID card. Rather, you can get the ball rolling from the comfort of your own home via the eHome Affairs website.
All you need is internet banking and an online connection to complete your application, submit it to home affairs and make your payment. You will then go to a Home Affairs branch to capture your biometrics (fingerprints and photograph) and return to collect your passport.
If you live in Cape Town, Johannesburg or Pretoria and are clients of either ABSA, FNB, Standard Bank or Nedbank you can make an appointment to have your biometrics done at one of their designated branches where you will also collect your document .
How, exactly, does this work?
Step 1 – Account Registration & online application
You first need to register an account on the eHome Affairs website.
• Create a profile (you will need to provide your name, ID, email address and a password as well as answers to a few security questions).
• Capture your application by filling in the online form
• Attach supporting documents (if required)
• Make payment (see FAQ for more info)
• Schedule appointments at Home Affairs enabled Bank branches
EHome Affairs allows you to complete your application and save it should you wish to submit it at a later stage.
Step 2 – Record Your Biometrics
Here you have two options:
Option 1: Home Affairs Branch
• Once the Department of Home Affairs has registered your payment you can proceed with your biometrics data – two thumbprints, a photo and your signature.
• You do not need to make an appointment at Home Affairs. Simply go to your local branch to have your biometrics done.
• You will need to take your ID book with you to the Home Affairs branch.
Option 2: Home Affairs Equipped Bank Branch
• Once payment is registered on the eHome Affairs site, Cape Town, Johannesburg nd Pretoria residents can make an appointment for their biometrics at one of their bank’s designated branches
• Select a time slot from the options provided
• You will receive a confirmation SMS and email which you need to take with you as evidence of your appointment.
Step 3 – Collecting your passport (and/or ID card)
Once you have been advised that your document is ready you simply take your ID card/book back to the branch where you will sign for and receive your brand new passport. You will also be required to provide a thumb print for verification purposes.
How much will this cost me?
Passport applications are R400
Smart ID Card applications are R140 (first card free for pensioners)
How do I make payment online?
• You will need to enter your bank account details on the eHome Affairs site. This does not take the money from your account but initiates the payment!
• You will then be required to log in to your internet banking where you wil authorise the payment by going to the “My Bills” option under “Payments”.
• Once you add the Department of Home Affairs as a beneficiary, the payment instruction you initiated from the eHome Affairs site will appear under “My Bills”.
• Finally, you will enter your reference number and approve the R 400 payment to the Department of Home Affairs.
What do I need to take with me?
• Your ID book or card
• Passport fee (if you have not paid online – note that if you apply via a bank you MUST pay online as they may not accept payment at the branches).
• Your old passport
Where are the Biometrics Equipped Bank Branches?
ABSA Centurion Lifestyle Centurion Centurion Lifestyle Centre, c/o Old Johannesburg Road & Lenchen Ave
ABSA Tower North Johannesburg 180 Commissioner Street, Johannesburg
ABSA Ghandi Square Johannesburg Ghandi Square, Johannesburg
FNB President Street West Johannesburg 47 Pixley Ka Isaka Seme Street, Johannesburg, 2000
FNB Merchant Place, Rivonia Johannesburg 4 Merchant Place, Cnr Rivonia Road and Fredman Drive
FNB Centurion Lifestyle Centurion Centurion Lifestyle Centre, c/o Old Johannesburg Road & Lenchen Ave
FNB Lynwood (The Grove Mall) Pretoria The Grove Mall, Lynnwood Rd, Pretoria, 0081)
Standard Bank Centurion Centurion Standard Bank Building, 1263 Embankment Rd
Standard Bank Killarney, Rosebank Johannesburg Killarney Mall, c/o Riviera Road and Killarney Ave
Standard Bank Canal Walk Cape Town Shop 599LL, Canal Walk Shopping Centre, Century City Dr
Nedbank Sandown Johannesburg 135 Rivonia Road (c/o Rivonia and Maude Street)
Nedbank Lakeview, Roodepoort Johannesburg 16 Constantia Dr
All information was correct at the time of publishing and may change at any time without prior notice from the original source. Denim Travel is not affiliated to immigration authorities or their application centres and will not be liable for loss or inconvenience arising from the use of information from this website.