Late Birth Registration In South Africa

What is a Late Birth?

Between 41 weeks and 41 weeks and six days, a pregnancy is called late-term. When a pregnancy reaches 42 weeks and beyond, it’s postterm.

Late-term and post-term pregnancy can raise the risk of some health problems, including Larger than average birth size (fetal macrosomia).

Late Birth Registration In South Africa

Late registration of a birth. According to the Births and Deaths Registration Act, all births must be registered within 30 Days of birth.

 If a child’s birth is not registered within 30 days, it is considered a late registration of birth. Births reported after 30 days have additional requirements.

For a late registration of birth may be registered in South Africa, it will be necessary to complete the following forms and provide the requested documentation.

The forms DHA 24 and DHA 24 / A may be obtained from this office. Other forms may be downloaded from

It will be necessary for the applicant and the informer to appear in person in Canberra at the Mission.

Please call to arrange for an appointment.

  1. Completion of form DHA 24 (Notice of Birth)
  2. Completion of form DHA 288 (Affidavit in support of a notice of birth)
  3. Completion of form BI-529 by the applicant (Determination of citizenship)
  4. Form DHA 24 / A: The applicant’s finger prints
  5. Form DHA 24 / A: The informant’s finger prints
  6. Two colored or black and white passport-sized photos of the applicant, certified at the back

The above forms must be submitted together with the original copies of the following documents at the time of the interview:

  1. Certified copy of the informant’s ID/passport. The copies must be sighted by the Police / Justice of Peace
  2. Certified copy of the original full birth certificate.
  3. Marriage certificate (if applicable).
  4. Proof of parent’s South African citizenship.
  5. Proof of parent’s current citizenship (if applicable).
  6. Proof of dual citizenship (if applicable).
  7. Any supporting documentation that will assist in the birth registration.

NOTE: The late birth registration is done free of charge.