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The South African Consulate General
in Chicago, Illinois
200 South Michigan Avenue, 6th Floor
Chicago, IL 60604
Tel. (312) 939-7929
Fax: (312) 939-2588

The South African Consulate General
in Los Angeles, CA
6300 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 600
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Tel. (323) 651-0902
Fax: (323) 651-5969

The South African Consulate General
in New York City
333 East 38th Street,
9th Floor
New York NY 10016
Tel: (212) 213-4880
Fax: (212) 856-1575

The South African Embassy in Washington, DC
3051 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20008
Tel: (202) 232-4400
Fax: (202) 244-9417

South African Identity Document

South African Identity Document


South African citizens and permanent residents, 16 years and older, must be in possession of an identity document.  First time applicants must submit applications to their nearest Department of Home Affairs office or South African Missions (Embassies/Consulates abroad).


Checklist of Documents to be Submitted:

  • Form DHA-9, Application for ID document.  DHA-9 form is not available for downloading.  Please send a self-addressed stamped envelope with a request to receive this form.
  • First time applicants must provide certified copies of IDs or passports of both South African parents.
  • Two (2) recent photographs; head and shoulder measuring 40 mm x 30 mm with applicant's name and ID number written on the reverse side
  • Certified copy of applicant's old ID Book or birth certificate
  • Copy of Marriage Certificate, Divorce Decree or Spouse's Death Certificate, if applicable.
  • Written request to change "Surname". To be submitted by recently married female applicants who would like:

    1) to retain their maiden surnames, or

    2) wish to use double–barrel surnames;

  • Attention New York Applicants: The South African Consulate General in New York will no longer accept prepaid envelope/labels from FedEx and UPS with immediate effect. Applicants are welcome to enclose only USPS self-addressed, pre-paid courier envelope for this office to facilitate return services.
  • Fees and processing time
  • Where to submit your application














Rev: Wednesday, 22 August, 2018