Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba said on Wednesday that All citizens in the country are now eligible to apply for a Smart ID card and passports via eHomeAffairs at four major banks.
Gigaba was briefing the media in Cape Town on the eHomeAffairs portal and extension of the age bracket to accommodate citizens, 16 years and above who want to apply online for their Smart ID cards and passport.
“As from today(Wednesday), the system is now open to all citizens who bank with four participating banks: ABSA, First National Bank, Nedbank and Standard Bank,” Gigaba said.
“only 12 branches of these banks are currently connected to the system in Gauteng, with one branch in Cape Town” he added.
Before now,only citizens between 30-years-old and 35-years-old were the only people eligible for the online applications when the portal was launched four months ago.
“When we launched the eHomeAffairs portal the last four months, we invited citizens between 30 and 35 years old to use this innovative platform to apply for their Smart ID cards and passports online,” Gigaba said.
A total of 35 751 applications have been submitted through the system of which 50% have been completed, ever since the launch.