Where Can I Find Birth Records In South Africa

What is a Birth Record?

A birth certificate is a vital record that documents the birth of a person. The term “birth certificate” can refer to either the original document certifying the circumstances of the birth or to a certified copy of or representation of the ensuing registration of that birth.

Where Can I Find Birth Records In South Africa?

The Department of Home Affairs is the Official custodian of birth records in South Africa, and the National Archives holds the birth registers for anything more than 50 years ago and can include records as early as 30 years ago.

Are birth certificates public record in South Africa?

Birth certificates are not considered public records in South Africa. This means that they cannot be accessed by just anyone.

To obtain a copy of someone’s birth certificate, you will need to provide proof of your identity and a legitimate reason for why you need the document.

Where can I get a copy of my South African birth certificate?

If you need additional copies of a birth certificate you must: complete Form BI–154 and submit it to the nearest office of the Department of Home Affairs if you are in South Africa, or the nearest South African embassy, mission or consulate if you are overseas.

How long does it take to get a copy of birth certificate South Africa?

This process will take 6 – 8 weeks. If you’re waiting on the unabridged birth certificate and need to travel, consider asking a Home Affairs office for a letter that provides the details of both parents. Your child will be able to travel when you receive this letter.

How much does an unabridged birth certificate cost in South Africa?

If you have a child under the age of 18, and still need to get an Unabridged Birth Certificate, you can apply at your preferred Department of Home Affairs branch or a South African embassy, mission or consulate. The application fee is R 75.00.