Gauteng residents can say goodbye to the old green bar-coded ID book as residents are now able to apply for a Smart ID at all Home Affairs offices across the province.

Across the country, the Department of Home Affairs is gearing up to roll-out applications for the new Smart ID cards which also boast a number of new security features.

While only the elderly and young people have been able to apply for a new Smart ID card until now, a Department of Home Affairs spokesperson confirmed this morning on Talk Radio 702 this that all Gauteng residents could apply for a new Smart ID.

At a later stage you will be able to apply for a Smart ID at a Standard Bank or FNB branch but for the moment Gauteng Home Affairs manager, Albert Matsaung has told Eyewitness News, “we’ve got offices that we have dedicated specifically for smart IDs.”

For those that plan on using the December break to apply for a new Smart ID here’s what you need to know and what you need to take with you to your Home Affairs office.

For the young folk 16 years and younger

  • Birth certificate
  • Certified copy of one parent/legal guardian/informant’s identity document
  • Death certificate or certified copy if your parents are deceased
  • Proof of residence
  • Your first Smart ID is free

Pensioners 60 years and older

  • Green bar-coded ID/affidavit in the case of a lost ID
  • Proof of residence
  • Marriage certificate (where applicable for marriage verification purposes)
  • Divorce decree (where applicable for divorce verification purposes)
  • Your first Smart ID is free

Everybody else

  • Green bar-coded ID/affidavit in the case of a lost ID
  • Proof of residence
  • Marriage certificate (where applicable for marriage verification purposes)
  • Divorce decree (where applicable for divorce verification purposes)
  • Your first Smart ID will cost R140.00

Remember that there are still talks about an online application portal coming our way at sometime during December but if you absolutely cannot wait visiting a your local Home Affairs office is your best bet.

For those planning on braving the infamous lines outside Home Affairs offices to get a new Smart ID let us know your experience and how well, or badly, the system works.