South Africans can now apply for passports at their respective banks

2015-10-01 08:45 - Selene Brophy
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Cape Town - South Africans will now be able to apply for their passports and Smart Card IDs at their respective banks as the department of home affairs tries to improve turn-around times and convenience for applicants. 

Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba launched the innovative initiative in Newtown, Johannesburg on Wednesday, outlining the new application process available from Standard Bank, FNB and Nedbank. 

Department of Home Affairs spokesperson Thabo Mokgola told Traveller24 the department was close to finalising a similar process with Absa and once finalised a separate announcement would be made. 

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The plan to launch an ID Card application collaboration with banking institutions was announced during Gigaba's Budget Vote speech, where he outlined how major banks could provide an alternative channel to serve clients, thus expanding Home Affairs footprint and minimizing queues at front-line offices.

The partnership will also accelerate the replacement of the green bar-coded ID books, which currently still pose a risk of ID fraud. 

Mokgola confirmed that the application process would be the same as if applying at DHA itself, with collections also being processed at the respective banks. 

The application process is as follows below:  

1. Regular Passports

Regular South African passports are issued to South African applicants who are 16 years old and older. They are valid for 10 years and are not renewable. When South African passports expire, new passport applications will have to be filed.

What you need:

• Identity Document
• Two colour passport photos
• Finger prints will be taken

Cost: R400

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2. Child Passports

Child passports are issued to children who are fifteen years and below. These passports are not renewable. On their expiry, applications for new passports will have to be filed.

Issued to South African citizens under the age of 16. It is valid for five years from the date of issue.

What you need:

• Your (parent's) ID and child's birth certificate
• 2 colour passport photos of the child
• Death certificate if one parent is deceased
• a copy of the Court's appointment letter, if you are the child's guardian
• There are special rules for children born out of wedlock, check out the Home Affairs website for more details.

Cost: R400

3. Maxi tourist passport

It is a document for frequent travellers and is issued to South African citizens of 16 years and above. The document contains 48 pages to provide for more visa pages. It is valid for 10 years from the date of issue.

What you need:

• Identity Document
• Two colour passport photos
• Fingerprints

Cost: R600

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