The Department of Home Affairs has widened the age limit for citizens who are eligible to apply for Smart IDs at four of the country's banks.
This comes after two successful trial runs by the Department of Home Affairs. The project was first launched at Standard Bank and FNB headquarters in Johannesburg last year. At the time, only bank employees received their Smart IDs and passports as a way to test the efficiency of the new system.
When introduced to the public in April 2016, the online Smart ID portal was only accessible to clients within the 30 – 35 age group in Gauteng and the Western Cape. Home Affairs is now collaborating with Absa, FNB, Nedbank and Standard Bank to offer the service to other age groups as well.
“This will add impetus to our resolve of replacing the green ID book with the Smart ID card,” Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has said.
The Smart ID project is a step toward Home Affairs' modernisation initiative that aims to replace 38 million green barcoded IDs with Smart IDs. Not only is it more convenient to carry around, the Smart Card’s strong security features will also help to prevent fraudulent activities connected to driver's licences, social grants, insurance, and financial institutions such as Personal Loan providers. So far, more than four million Smart ID cards have been issued, according to Home Affairs.
Banks that participate in Home Affairs’ Smart ID project are: Absa Lifestyle in Centurion; Absa Towers North; Absa Ghandi Square; FNB Lifestyle Centurion; FNB Menlyn; FNB Merchant Place; Nedbank Rivonia; Nedbank Roodepoort; Standard Bank Centurion; Standard Bank Killarney, Rosebank; and Standard Bank Canal Walk in the Western Cape.
Home Affairs is working on launching the service at other banks throughout the country in the near future.
How to apply for a Smart ID online
If you wish to apply for a Smart ID through the eHome Affairs portal, here's what you need to do: