2 October 2015
As South Africa's department of home affairs struggles to improve turn-around times and convenience for applicants new measures was announced by the Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba.
South Africans will now be able to apply for their passports and Smart Card IDs at their respective banks.
Minister Gigaba launched the new initiative in Newtown, Johannesburg last week outlining the new application process available from Standard Bank, FNB and Nedbank.
Department of Home Affairs spokesperson Thabo Mokgola says the department was close to finalising a similar process with Absa and once finalised a separate announcement would be made.
The plan to launch an ID Card application collaboration with banking institutions was announced during Gigaba's Budget Vote speech, where he outlined how major banks could provide an alternative channel to serve clients, thus expanding Home Affairs footprint and minimizing queues at front-line offices.
The partnership will also accelerate the replacement of the green bar-coded ID books, which currently still pose a risk of ID fraud.
Mokgola confirmed that the application process would be the same as if applying at DHA itself, with collections also being processed at the respective banks.