Based on the launched online service by the Department of Home Affairs which grants the people of South Africa the opportunity to carry out their passport application at banks, getting one’s passport has become a lot easier.
But then, what are the processes that are involved in applying for your passport? Where can you apply for your passport?
What documents are needed for a passport? These and several other questions are answered in this article, just read on.
With the eHomeAffairs website, everyone who has his or her South African citizenship is privileged to apply for his or her passport as long as such knows the process that is involved.
Therefore, in this article, you will discover the latest easy-to-follow tips that you need to note when applying for your own passport at the banks from where you can access the service.
1. Determine the kind of passport that you need
While applying for a passport may not be a difficult task to embark on, it is imperative that you, first of all, determine the type that you need. Based on the information published on The Department of Home Affairs’ official website, there are Tourist passports usually issued to people who are 16 years and older; Maxi tourist passports usually issued to South African citizens who travel frequently and are from 16 years and above.
2. Register for online banking
Among other things, it is compulsory that you are registered for online banking with the bank that you use. If you have not done this, you will need to visit the branch that is nearest to you do settle that. Although, it is not all the banks that offer the DHA services, the specific banks and branches where you can complete your application are discussed later in this article.
Create a personal account online
Before you begin the process for your passport application online, you would be required to create a profile for yourself on the Department of Home Affairs portal. The essence of this account is to help you further your application process. Also, with this account, you can apply for your passport and also for your children. Then, when there is a need for you to do a renewal, you will always go through the profile which you have already created.
4. Fill in the necessary information
Once you have determined the kind of passport that you want to apply for, the next line of action is to log on to the official website of the Department of Home Affairs for your registration. After you have filled in the required information, you would be asked to select the type that you want, whether it is for yourself or minor (i.e a child below 16 years of age).
5. Upload the supporting documents
Once you have entered all the necessary information that you would be asked to, you will also be required to submit certain documents depending on the type of passport that you are applying for. For instance, if you are applying for your child(ren), you will need to upload your identity document with your spouse’s and your child’s birth certificate, but if your spouse is dead, you will be required to upload the death certificate.
6. Choose your bank and branch nearest to you
In the process of carrying out your registration, you will be asked to select your bank and the branch from where you will like to collect it once it is ready. Apart from the branches of the Department of Home Affairs that are all over the country, you will be given options to choose from various banks that are registered with DHA to complete your application process.
7. Make payment via your online banking platform to complete your application
Log into your online banking profile with the bank that you are registered with and from there, you will be able to make your payment to complete your application process. After you have made the required payment, you will be given a payment confirmation reference number which you are expected to keep in case there is a need for it later on.
8. Book an appointment with your bank’s branch
Once you get your payment confirmation reference number, the next thing that you need to do is to book an appointment with the branch of your bank. This you can do based on the page that you will be directed to in the form-filling process.
9. Go with the necessary documents
When you are going for the appointment with the branch that you have chosen, go with your identity document. If you are applying for a new passport, for instance, it is important that you go with the old one with you.
10. Wait for notification
Interestingly, once you have completed the whole process with the bank, you will receive an SMS as well as an email once your passport is ready. Until then, you need to exercise some patience.