3 Tips To Apply For South Africa Passport At The Banks

The Department of Home Affairs has lunched an online service which grants the people of South Africa the opportunity to carry out their passport application at banks, getting one’s passport has become a lot easier.

Step-by-step guide to apply for passport South Africa

Right from the comfort of your room, you can begin the process, and the steps that you are expected to follow are, therefore, explained below.

The application process is as follows for Regular Passports:

Regular South African passports are issued to South African applicants who are 16 years old and older. They are valid for 10 years and are not renewable. When South African passports expire, new passport applications will have to be filed.

What you need:

  • Identity Document
  • Two colour passport photos
  • Finger prints will be taken

How Much Does South African Passport Cost At The Bank

Cost: R400

Which FNB branches do passport applications?

FNB in partnership with the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has launched the application of Smart ID and passport (new/ renewal) to the public. Apply online and collect at one of these FNB Branches:

  • Lynnwood (Grove Shopping Mall)
  • Centurion Lifestyle
  • 4 Merchant Place
  • FNB Greenpoint
  • Burgersfort
  • FNB Cornubia
  • FNB The Glen

Any queries regarding eChannel applications must be directed to the Department of Home Affairs call centre on 0800 60 11 90.

Steps To Get Your South African Passport At The Bank (FNB)

1. Register + pay
Visit the Department of Home Affairs website
Select ‘eChannel’
Complete the registration process + enter your account details
Login to your Online Banking profile
Approve payment by selecting ‘Pay’, then ‘eFiling’

2. Choose a branch + book your appointment
Login to your eChannel profile
Select a branch (FNB Lynnwood, FNB Centurion Lifestyle, FNB 4 Merchant Place, FNB Greenpoint, FNB Burgersfort, FNB Cornubia and FNB The Glen)
Select a time and date for your appointment
Print the confirmation page

3. Visit the branch
Visit the FNB branch at the date and time you have selected
Bring your green ID book (or police affidavit in case of lost/stolen ID) when you visit the branch

Remember
Photos will be taken at the branch
You will receive an SMS to notify you once the Smart ID is ready for collection
Bring your green ID book along when you collect the Smart ID

Rules That Apply To Passport Application At Banks In South Africa

  1. To qualify for a Smart ID, you must be a South African citizen
  2. To apply for a Smart ID, you need to register and create an eChannel profile, approve the payment via your FNB Online Banking profile and make a booking at a branch
  3. Unfortunately, no Smart ID payments can be made in the branch – only via FNB Online Banking
  4. Branches with the service include: FNB Lynnwood, FNB Centurion Lifestyle, FNB 4 Merchant Place, FNB Greenpoint, FNB Burgersfort, FNB Cornubia and FNB The Glen)
  5. Photos are taken in-branch
  6. When visiting the branch for your fingerprints please bring your green ID book (if your green ID book has been lost or stolen please bring a police affidavit)
  7. The process in branch takes approximately 15 minutes
  8. You will receive an SMS from the Department of Home Affairs once your Smart ID or passport is ready for collection
  9. Please bring your green ID book to collect your Smart ID or passport
  10. Both parents to accompany child for passport applications
  11. One parent to accompany child for ID applications
  12. A Smart ID costs R140 and a Passport cost R400. Please note that if your passport has been lost or stolen and is still valid the Department will charge a replacement fee of R800 instead of R400. If your ID has been lost or stolen please bring a police affidavit when you apply in branch stating as such.
  13. The confirmation of application must also be brought when collecting either Smart ID or passport.
  14. Senior citizens do not pay
  15. Refer to the Department of Home Affairs website under ‘Notices’ to see the latest Rules & Regulations.

Which Banks Can I Apply For South African Passport Or Smart ID?

Six major banks in South Africa offer this service — Absa, FNB, Discovery Bank, Investec Bank, Nedbank, and Standard Bank.