National ID Bill


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Have your say on the draft National Identification Bill

5370 comments delivered to the parliamentary committee (closed 30 June 2023)

The Department of Home Affairs invited comment on the draft National Identification and Registration Bill, 2022.

    • Biometric ID cards required from age 10
    • Caters for male, female and non-binary gender identification
    • Single, inclusive and integrated biometric national identification system
    • Applies to permanent residents and temporary foreigners
    • compilation and maintenance of a population register and identification database
    • assignment of national identity numbers and reference numbers
    • issuance of national identity cards and temporary identity, deaths, births and marriage certificates.

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    In South Africa, you may only apply for an identity document when you’re 16 and above but, that’s about to change. Cabinet has approved a new bill that will allow citizens to get their IDs at the age of 10.