Passport Applications

South African passport application

Do you need your South African passport application done faster and more efficiently? We can assist you with this.

Due to a nationwide system change (biometrics) we are unable to personally assist with South African passport applications, however once you have applied we can expedite your application.

Our lead time is between 5 and 7 working days.

Our price for this service is R1450.

Although lead times are a indication, Certificates RSA does in no way guarantee lead times in any way and does not accept responsibility for any loss due to delays.

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What is a South African Passport?

A South African passport is a document for international travel, certifying the identity and South African nationality of the holder. South African passports are issued by the Department of Home Affairs in Pretoria.

How to Apply for a South African Passport

When applying for a South African passport you can only do it in person, nobody can do it on your behalf.

The passport officer must check that your identity is legal and valid, as well as ensure that your passport photo is a true image of yourself.

You will also be required to submit fingerprints which are checked against the national register.

To apply for a South African passport you need to submit the following:

  • A duly completed passport application Form DHA-73
  • Your original identity document and a copy, or a birth certificate and copy thereof if under 16
  • If under 18 years, parental consent for issuing of the passport.
  • A completed determination of citizenship Form DHA-529  when applying from abroad
  • Present any existing valid tourist passport or if you have lost your passport or it has been stolen and you are applying for a new passport,  you must provide a loss of passport report (DHA-335 ) and confirmation that you reported the loss to the police
  • Two colour photographs that comply with the Passport and ID Photograph Specifications (NOT needed at smartcard offices as ID images are captured digitally)
  • Pay the prescribed fee for the passport

If the person applying for the South African passport is under 16 years old the following needs to be submitted :

  • A duly completed passport application Form DHA-73
    • If the parents are married, the passport application form must be signed by both parents and the child and both parents should be in attendance when the application is submitted.
    • Please note that the child and both parents should be in attendance when the application is submitted to the nearest Home Affairs office or SA Mission/Consulate. If a parent cannot be in attendance, a letter of consent and copy of ID will no longer be accepted.
    • If divorced and sole parental rights and responsibilities in regard to guardianship have not been granted to one parent, the child and both parents should be in attendance when the application is submitted and both must sign the application form.
    • If a parent is deceased, his or her death certificate and a copy thereof must accompany the application for the passport
    • In the case of minors born out of wedlock, the biological father ’s consent will also be required if any of the circumstances as outlined in section 21 of the Children’s Act, 1995, are applicable, the child and both parents should be in attendance when the application is submitted.
    • If the applicant is in the care of a guardian other than the parents, proof of the High Court’s appointment must accompany the application.
    • If a parent cannot be located or refuses to consent, or a dispute concerning consent arises, the matter should be referred to the Children’s Court. The Court’s decision must be submitted with the application for the passport.
  • The child’s South African birth certificate and a copy thereof
  • Two colour passport photographs that comply with the Passport and ID Photograph Specifications (NOT needed at smartcard offices as ID images are captured digitally)
  • Payment of the prescribed passport fee

It will take approximately 30 – 40 days for your passport application to be processed and your South African passport to be issued.