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 download.  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, or2) 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, 2018Copyright © 1998-2018 South African Consulate General, New York City.  Managed by Cymbeline Rodriguez.
333 East 38th Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10016