Cape Town - The department of home affairs has taken Passport and ID applications online, as the pilot of its eHomeAffairs system goes live.
The launch of the service, attended by President Jacob Zuma in Gallagaher Estate, North of Jahannesburg, will see South Africans able to apply for their Passport or Smart ID card online, at a cost of R140 for the ID, and R400 for a passport.
On its website Home Affairs describes the service as “easy to use, convenient, and just a click away."
However in order to use it, you will be required to register for eHomeAffairs profile as well as confirm eligibility, which has been restricted to applicants aged between 30 - 35.
Click here to see the application service.
The online service includes submitting application forms, uploading supporting documents, making online payments, and scheduling Home Affairs Branch visits in relation to your respective application.
Following the online application, you will be required to submit biometrics via your nearest Home Affairs or supported bank branch, as well as have your photograph taken.
The department also advised that it would be bringing additional services online but that its traditional service via its Home Affairs offices across the country were still available.
In October 2015, Home Affairs first announced plans for the alternative application process, to be processed in conjunction with banking institutions Absa, FNB, Standard Bank, and Nedbank.
While the service has been largely well-received, some have taken to twitter questioning why other banking institutions such as Capitec have not been included.