“ID YOURSELF” KICKS OFF IN CAPE TOWN
Young South Africans in their teens are reminded
that they need to have the green bar-coded ID if they want to
start their adult lives successfully.
With an ID document they are able to benefit from the advantages
that all South African citizens have. These include access to
learning, government support, travel and many other opportunities.
Over the next few months, the department will
have mobile units at schools across the country as part of its
All learners of 16 years and older will get help with ID applications,
information on the new process of late birth registration, re-issues
of documents, and other matters related to getting an ID.
How to apply for an ID
Take two ID photographs and a copy of your birth certificate
to your nearest Home Affairs office, or to the mobile unit when
it visits your area.
You will then have to fill in an application form giving all
your personal details.
The officer in charge will take your fingerprints and submit
your form along with your photographs and a certified copy of
your birth certificate.
You can now await an SMS from Home Affairs confirming that they
have received your application.
Remember to keep your receipt! It will enable you to track and
trace the progress of your application by SMS. Just send the
word ID number to 32551, or call the toll-free number 0800 60
If you do not have a birth certificate, ask
your parents or relatives to go with you to apply for one. You
will need to follow the late registration of birth application
process. Your nearest Home Affairs office will help you with
Department of Home Affairs’ programme called “ID Yourself”
was started in Cape Town earlier this year. The programme
is a partnership between Home Affairs, the Public Service
Broadcaster (SABC), the Independent Electoral Commission,
the Department of and the National Youth Commission.
green bar-coded ID will give you access to information
that will help you to be in control of your future.
more information, call the Department of Home Affairs:
012 810-8911; 0800 60 1190, or call 1020
The “ID Yourself” campaign”
is part of government’s effort to ensure a better life
for all. Over the next few months, mobile units will be
visiting schools across the country as part of this programme.
This will be done through road shows planned between April
and June. The road shows will take place as follows, Limpopo
(April), Eastern Cape (June), KwaZulu-Natal (May) and
North West (May). Following the roll-out in these provinces,
another roll-out programme is planned for the remaining
The National Youth Commission and Provincial Youth Commissions
will target young people in and out of school in the different
provinces. The Provincial Youth Commissions will co-ordinate
the road shows.
more information about the road show roll-out or the National
Youth Commission, contact the National Youth Commission
Call Centre Youth Line: 0800 000 001