South Africans can apply for passports at their respective banks.
Do you want to apply for a new passport but dread the long queues at Home Affairs. If so, then great news awaits. The Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, has launched a new initiative that allow South Africans to apply for passports at their local banks. The aim is to make it easier for the public to get new passports and to improve the turn-around times that is currently offered by The Department of Home Affairs. This service is not limited to passport applications. You can also apply for the new Smart Card ID at your local bank.
Can I apply at any bank?
The partnership agreement is currently available at the following banks: Standard Bank, Nedbank and First National Bank. A similar agreement is close to being finalized with ABSA Bank and a separate announcement will be made once the agreement has been finalized.
Process to apply for a new passport at your local bank.
The procedure and requirements are identical to that of the Department of Home Affairs. Passport applications can be made for a Regular, Maxi or Child passport.
This is what you will need:
- Identity document.
- Two colour passport photos.
- Fingerprints will be taken at the bank.
Please note that in addition to the above, the following documents are required when applying for a child passport:
- ID of the parents
- Birth Certificate of the parents
- Death certificate if a parent is deceased.
- A copy of the Court’s appointment letter if a parent is a guardian.
There are special rules for children born out of wedlock. More information can be obtained from the official page of Home Affairs.
The cost is: R400 for a regular passport, R600 for a maxi passport and R400 for a child passport.