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What is the best time to go to Home Affairs?

What is the best time to go to Home Affairs?

Helpful tip: I asked one of the employees what time is the best time to visit. They said the afternoons are quieter. Specifically the last hour before closing time which is in the region of 16:30. If you arrive and there’s a long queue, resist the initial urge to join said queue.

Which days is Home Affairs open?

OFFICE HOURS: Offices open to the public as follows: Monday to Friday: 8:00 to 15:30 – Every last Wednesday of the month: 9:00 to 15:30.

Is Home Affairs open for ID renewal?

The Minister of Home Affairs, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, has approved the resumption of Identity Document (ID) and passport applications and extended the validity period of legally issued visas or asylum permits which expired during the lockdown period to 31 December 2021.

Can I go to Home Affairs without an appointment?

Note: (A branch visit is mandatory to capture and\or verify your biometric details, i.e. photo, fingerprints and signature). You can also finalise your application at any Home Affairs office; no appointment is required.

Can I apply for my ID online?

e-Home Affairs allows people to apply for their smart ID cards and passports, upload supporting documents and pay for their applications online. The best part of this process is that individuals can now do all of this in the comfort of their own homes.

How long does the smart card ID take?

14 working days
First time applicant: Permanent residence certificate and proof of address. receive a Smart ID Card? 14 working days from date of application provided it is a straight forward application meeting all the requirements.

Is Home Affairs online open?

Home Affairs extends operating hours as services are back online.

Can I renew my ID Online South Africa?

We have partnered with the Department of Home Affairs to make it easier for you to apply online for your Smart ID or passport (new or renewal). Once your documents are ready, you can collect it at one of our specialised branches.

How can I book my ID online?

How to apply for a Smart ID online

  1. Step 1: Go on to the e-Home Affairs website and register.
  2. Step 2: You will receive an OTP (one-time pin) to confirm your cellphone number.
  3. Step 3: You will receive another OTP to login to your profile.
  4. Step 4: Complete your application form for a smart ID card.

How long does a smart card ID take?

Can you do your ID online in South Africa?

You can also apply for your ID using the online service at

Which bank can I apply for my ID?

This is a list of the current participating branches available:

  • Nedbank Arcadia, Pretoria Gauteng.
  • Nedbank Sandown, Sandton, Gauteng.
  • Nedbank Constantia Kloof, Roodepoort, Gauteng.
  • Nedbank St. George’s Mall, Cape Town, Western Cape.
  • Nedbank Nelspruit Crossing, Mbombela, Mpumalanga.