Smart ID Online Application Portal –

Filed in Articles by on October 24, 2022 1 Comment

Do you want to apply for a smart ID card in South Africa? Then, you have come to the right place. In this article, we provide detailed information about the Smart ID online application. Please take your time to read the details, and follow the guide below;

Smart ID Online Application

An identity document (ID) enables South African citizens and permanent residents to identify themselves for general purposes and day-to-day activities in society. IDs form part of each person’s daily activities since all transactions require identification. You can get a South African ID if you’re a South African citizen or permanent resident aged 16 years or older.

The new Smart Identity card replaces the green bar-coded identity document. Only offices that use the live capture system can issue smart ID cards. Contact your nearest home affairs office to make sure they have a “live capture” system for processing smart ID cards and new passports.

Note: The old green ID books will remain valid as it is estimated that it would take 6 to 7 years to phase them out.

Smart ID Online Application

Can I apply for a Smart ID card online? Yes, you can now apply for a Smart ID card online. e-Home Affairs allows people to apply for their smart ID cards and passports, upload supporting documents and pay for their applications online. The best part of this process is that individuals can now do all of this in the comfort of their own homes.

How to Apply For a Smart ID Online

1. Go on to the e-Home Affairs website and register. To register, you will need to:

  • Complete personal details;
  • Create a password, and;
  • Answer various questions for security purposes.

2. You will receive an OTP (one-time pin) to confirm your cellphone number. Enter it in, and click submit.

3. You will receive another OTP to login to your profile.

4. Complete your application form for a smart ID card. 

5. Upload the supporting documents. 

6. You can make an online payment or choose to pay at a branch of a bank.

The smart ID card costs R140.

7. Make a booking at a Home Affairs enabled Bank Office. But remember:

  • Booking an appointment is needed for a visit to a bank.
  • No booking is needed if you are going to a Home Affairs office.
  • The barcoded confirmation Letter as well as your ID Book (if available) must to be “taken with
    when going to the branch or bank office”. 

8. Print your confirmation letter.

9. You will receive a SMS notifying when your card is ready for collection.

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  1. Hlokomani says:

    Plz I want to change my ID book into a card

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