Your green barcoded ID book – what you should know

The Department of Home Affairs has dismissed false information that has emerged on social media relating to the South African green barcoded Identity Document.

The false notice states that the green South African 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 barcoded 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,” says DHA in a statement.

DHA plans to systematically phase out the green ID book and “consolidate the restoration, common citizenship, identity and dignity to South Africans”. But no end date has been announced.

DHA appeals to South Africans to apply for Smart ID cards at any of its 180 offices across the country that are equipped with the Live Capture System.

It 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. To apply, visit the Home Affairs website and click on the eHomeAffairs icon.

Smart ID cards are a way to help deal with long queues at Home Affairs offices, as customers now have the opportunity to submit an online application and enter their personal details digitally, before walking into a bank, post office or Home Affairs office to complete their applications.

There are different passports for different people and purposes. While you can apply for your passport at selected banks, one thing that remains the same is that you will have to go to your nearest Home Affairs Office to complete the procedure. Click here for the full details.

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