South Africans can now apply for their passports and Smart IDs online via the eHomeAffairs portal.
Previously, online application was limited to those between the ages of 30 and 35, but now there is no age limit. First-time applicants, however, cannot use the online service and still need to apply for their passports and IDs at one of the 140 Home Affairs offices equipped for Smart ID services.
Applicants for passports and IDs will also now be able to apply and collect from the branches of four major banks. Customers of Absa, First National Bank, Nedbank and Standard Bank will be able to visit 12 branches in Gauteng and one in Cape Town to apply for and collect their Smart ID Cards and passports.
The department is in the process of rolling out the new online services to more banks and Home Affairs offices around the country, so get your cards for easier and more secure services.
Compiled by: Melissa Jane Cook. Source: eTNW.