How to Apply for your Passport Online

Apply for your Passport

The days of standing in long queues to get your South African passport may soon be over. The national Department of Home Affairs launched the eHomeAffairs portal earlier this year to allow South Africans to complete much of the process in cyberspace.

Here are five steps to applying for your passport online:

Step 1: Register a profile on the eHomeAffairs website

The registration process is fairly simple. Here’s what you need:

  • An ID number/a passport number
  • A mobile phone number
  • An email address

The mobile number and the email address are a critical part of the security process. You have to verify your registration via a link that is emailed to you, and you receive a one-time pin (OTP) every time you log on to eHomeAffairs.

Step 2: Fill in the application form

If you’ve been filing your SARS tax returns online, the interface will feel very familiar. The user simply selects appropriate boxes and types information into a form before hitting “submit” to, well, submit the application form online.

You can scan and upload any supporting documents.

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