After you have registered your child, you will receive an unabridged/complete birth certificate free of charge. If you are in South Africa, you must register your child with ATAMinistry of Internal Affairs(DHA), and if you are abroad, you must register your child in aSouth African embassy or consulate.
If you are married, the child will be registered under the father's surname. For unmarried parents, your child can be registered under the surname of both parents.
Please note: There are no costs associated with registering the birth of your child, nor for the first birth certificate after registration.
Before you sign up
As a parent, guardian or other person legally responsible for a child, you must register your child within 30 days. You must do the following:
How to register
If you do not register your child within the first 30 days, you will need to provide more information for registration. These types of birth registration fall into one of the following categories:
1. After 30 days, but 1 year ago
2. After 1 year, but 15 years ago
If the child is over one year old, but still under 15 years old, it is necessary to complete the form BI -24/1 and submit it together with the written reasons why the birth was not reported within 30 days .
To facilitate confirmation of the child's identity and status, the following documentation will be taken into account:
When submitting the forms, we request that you include as many of these documents as possible.
After submitting your application, you will be interviewed and your fingerprints will be checked against a national database.
If successful, your application will be forwarded to DHA Headquarters for identification number allocation and filing.
3. After 15 years
If you are over 15 years old and you are not registered in the birth register, you must attach an application for birth registration to the request for the issuance of an identity card (form BI-9). You will need:
Declaration of the birth of a married child (parents are married at the time of birth)
Children born from a marriage can, with the consent of both parents, be registered under the joint surname of father and mother.
You will need:
After registering the birth of a child, an unabridged birth certificate is issued free of charge, usually 1-2 days after submitting the application for registration.
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There are no costs associated with registering the birth of your child, nor for the first birth certificate after registration.
The content on this page was last updated on January 29, 2020