Municipal News

Green ID Books are still legal

News Desk

A rumour on social media is doing the rounds that the green bar-coded ID books will only be legal until the end of March. The Department of Home Affairs said that this rumour contains no truth.

“Home Affairs has taken note of a message purported to be from the Department announcing that the lifespan of the green bar-coded ID book comes to an end on 31 March 2018.

No such announcement has been made by the Department. We wish to make it clear that the green bar-coded ID book remains a legal form of identification and will continue to be until such time that the Live Capture System is rolled out to all Home Affairs offices to enable South Africans to apply for Smart ID cards at their nearest offices. The Department has developed a plan to systematically phase out the green ID book and ultimately consolidate the restoration, common citizenship, identity and dignity to South Africans.” Media statement as released.

“To this end, we call on South Africans to apply for Smart ID cards at any of the 180 offices that are equipped with the Live Capture System. In addition, the Department has established a partnership with FNB, Standard Bank, Nedbank and ABSA to create an online portal where clients can lodge their application without visiting a Home Affairs office.”

The Department of Home Affairs website, eHomeAffairs, enable you as a South African born citizen to apply for your Smart ID Card and/or passport online.

eHomeAffairs allows the following:

  • Submit applications online
  • Upload supporting documents
  • Make online payments
  • And schedule a booking to visit a Home Affairs enabled Bank offices

A branch visit is mandatory for the capture and verification of your biometric detail (photos, fingerprints and signature). No appointment/booking is required to visit any Home Affairs office.

To apply, visit

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