Updated 26 Aug 2016 @ 14:46
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Home Affairs has confirmed that the eHomeAffairs portal service has now been opened up to all South African citizens, 16 years and above, who want to apply online for the new Smart ID Card and Passports, News24 reports.

eHomeAffairs allows the applicant to download and fill-out the e-application form, make an electronic payment and book an appointment to complete the application process at their nearest participating bank.

The system was launched four months ago to citizens between 30 and 35 years old.

It is now open to all citizens who bank with the ABSA, First National Bank, Nedbank and Standard Bank. Currently, 12 branches of these banks are connected to the system in Gauteng, with 1 branch in Cape Town (Canal Walk Standard Bank).

Plans are in place with the participating banks to increase its footprint by October at the earliest.

Meanwhile, the department will undertake system maintenance and enhancements Saturday, September 3, in 178 offices that issue Smart ID Cards and the 12 banks. There will be limited DHA services during this period. Offices will not offer Smart ID Card and Passport services on that day.