New York applicants only: At least six (6) months after lodging your
application, please check the list of
passports ready for release. If your name appears on the list,
please forward your current passport to the South African Consulate General
in New York for cancellation. Cancelled passports with valid visas will be
returned to applicants together with their respective new passports.
passports are issued to children who are fifteen years and below.
These passports are not renewable.
On their expiry, new passport applications will have to be filed.
forms plus supporting documentation must be submitted in duplicate. It has
been noted that some applicants submit application forms in duplicate but
the other documents are still not sent with copies. Please ensure that
you have two sets of the application: 1) the original application
form(s) and supporting documents, and 2) a copy of the whole set.
Passport Application Form.
The passport application form has to be signed by the parents of the child
concerned. Single mothers can
sign as the sole parent of their child; (See
sample BI73 sheet).
Notarized Copy of South African Birth certificate;
Letter of permission to issue a passport. To be
submitted in cases when parents of the child concerned are divorced
and only one has physical custody.
The parent not having custody but allowed by the court to have
access to the child can provide the requested letter of permission.
In terms of South African passport regulations, the parent
who has sole custody and guardianship can sign passport applications
of their children on their own.
Two (2) passport
size (2" x 2") photos.
Please note that color photos which
comply with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
standards for passports photo images are required for South African
passport applications. The holder's signature (persons 16 years old
and above) is laser engraved into the passport. To ensure good
quality scanned signature for laser engraving into the passport, the
signature in the signature box on the passport application form
should be in the middle of the box and must not touch the sides of
the box. A medium point ballpoint pen should be used to sign the
box. Please ensure that your teeth are not
showing on the photo. Passport applications in which the photo
and signature images do not meet quality standards will be rejected
causing delays in the issuance of passports.
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