10 tips on renewing your passport in South Africa

10 tips on renewing your passport in South Africa

It still remains a requirement to make sure your passport is valid before traveling. In a case where you do not have one yet, you should apply for a passport at FNB. But if not the case, you are closer to traveling.

In the special case where you have but expired, we will be taking you through this process on how to renew yours.

Quick Tip: Did you know that the South Africa law forbids leaving or entering the country on a foreign passport if you are above 18 years?

The quality of the passport

This is very important to note as all traveling documents should be printed in Pretoria. Also, the final documents must be machine-readable. For citizens who are within the South African borders, they can have the application submitted to the Department of Home Affairs. But if living overseas, should be submitted to the nearest South Africa mission or Embassy.

Applying for a passport at your bank

If you live in South Africa, you have about 180 Home Affairs department branches where you can apply or renew your passport. But you can also get the same services at your local Bank. Banks like ABSA, First National Bank, and Nedbank have partnered with the department to make it easier for South African citizens to apply and renew their documents. All you will need to do is to find out the banks’ branches where these application and renewal services are offered.

The list of banks for passport application and renewal

  • ABSA- located at Centurion Lifestyle Centre
  • ABSA Gandhi Square
  • ABSA Towers
  • FNB Centurion lifestyle centurion
  • FNB Merchant place
  • FNB Lynwood Pretoria
  • FNB President Street West.
  • Nedbank Sandown
  • Standard Bank Canal walk
  • Standard Bank Killarney Ave
  • Standard Bank Centurion
  • Nedbank Lakeview

If you are unable to access any of these banks, you can opt to apply for passport renewal online.

Renewing your passport online

As a country, we have moved digitally and as such, most of our businesses are done online now. The Department of Home Affairs is not an exemption. Through this process, you have to wait for a maximum of 10 days for the Home Affairs department to renew your document. This process comes with a notification when your copy is ready for collection via an SMS.

Paying for passport renewal online

After registering at the eHomeAffairs website, you will be prompted to create a profile and answer the security question. At the end of the process, you will need to attach a copy of your ID and payment confirmation message. Please take note, payment must be made online.

The process of making payment

  • Write down your bank account details.
  • Log into your internet banking and authorize payment.
  • Go to my Bills option and initiate payment instructions.
  • The beneficiary is the Department of Home Affairs.
  • Enter the reference number and approve the payment.

Know what is required

  • The old passport
  • Your National ID R400 – being the passport renewal fee.
  • The amount may change so it is important that you check with the Home Affairs department before making the payment


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