Home Affairs Partnering With Banks To Issue Smart ID’s



How the smart ID card looks like
How the smart ID card looks like

South African Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said earlier this week that major South African banks will soon be taking applications for new smart card IDs.

“There are several new innovations that are going to be introduced by the department to assist South Africans for smart ID cards and passports,” he said.

People will now be able to go to their respective banks and apply for smart ID’s and passports, as the Department of Home Affairs will be linking their systems with those banks for them to be able to undertake that process thereafter.

The listed banks now that have already signed Memorandum Of Understanding with the Department of Home Affairs are Nedbank, Standard Bank as well as First National Bank. A Home Affairs Kiosk placed within the bank will now be able to assist those who seek to submit these applications and this will make life much easier as it can occur just after doing a certain transaction within your respective bank. This may as well be regarded as killing two birds with one stone.

A biometric photograph will be taken, as well as an automated fingerprint and an electronic signature. These will then automatically be transferred to the Department of Home Affairs. Collection of these smart ID’s and Passports will now take place at your local bank.

People have for past years dreaded the long queues at various Home Affairs Departments, so, not only will this excite the masses, but it will also mean that the pressure put on the Department will be lessened.

This project is expected to begin in April 2015

“We are hoping that, with the passage of time, we will be able to enlist the services of the SA Post Office as well. It has the largest footprint and furthest reach, especially into rural areas,” said Gigaba. Going on to say that it would assist a great deal where the Department does not have delivery points.

With these measures put into place, it is expected of South African citizens to apply for smart ID cards, yet this does not mean that the old green book would not be valid anymore. They will remain valid.