All the bank branches where you can sign up for your Smart ID

Signing up for a Smart ID card in South Africa has been made even easier thanks to banks supporting the E-Home Affairs system.

This system allows supported bank branches to accept Smart ID card applications and distribute these documents without the customer ever needing to visit Home Affairs.

Choosing this process over visiting a standard Home Affairs branch is far easier and less time-consuming, with much of the application work being completed online beforehand.

The list of supported bank branches has been expanded greatly since the launch of the E-Home Affairs service four years ago, and 19 new locations were set to be added this year.

It is, however, unclear how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected this planned rollout, or how many of the branches scheduled to go live with the E-Home Affairs system this year have done so.

The list of supported bank branches provided on the Department of Home Affairs website is considerably smaller than the combined lists of active and upcoming branches provided to us by the banks earlier this year.

Therefore, we contacted the banks and asked them to provide their full list of bank branches that support E-Home Affairs functionality.

Where banks did not respond, we included their previously planned branches with a note that these are unconfirmed.

List of E-Home Affairs bank branches

Below are the bank branches where you can apply for your smart ID or passport, including those based on previous feedback.

Branch City Address
Absa Centurion Lifestyle Centurion Centurion Lifestyle Centre, c/o Old Johannesburg Road & Lenchen Ave
Absa Sandton City Johannesburg Cnr Rivonia Road and 5th Street, Sandton
Absa Towers Johannesburg 160 Main Street, Johannesburg
Absa Greenacres Port Elizabeth Greenacres Shopping Centre, 1 Ring Rd
Absa Key West Krugersdorp Shop 80, Key West Shopping Centre, c/o Paardekraal Drive and Viljoen Street
Absa Claremont* Cape Town Absa on Grove, 11 Grove Ave
Absa Fourways* Johannesburg Fourways View, c/o Witkoppen and Cedar Roads
Absa Menlyn Maine* Pretoria 181 Bancor Avenue
Absa Pinetown* Durban 1 Church Ln, New Germany, Pinetown
Absa Randburg* Johannesburg Shop L65, Ferndale on Republic, Republic Road
Absa Rosebank* Johannesburg 21 Cradock Ave
Absa Stellenbosch* Stellenbosch Oude Bloemhof Building, c/o Plein and Ryneveld Streets
Absa Waterfall Mall* Rustenburg 1 Augrabies Ave, Cashan
Absa Woodlands* Pretoria Shop 6 Woodlands Boulevard, c/o Garsfontein Road and De Villebois Drive
Nedbank Arcadia Pretoria C/o Steve Biko and Madiba Street
Nedbank Rivonia Johannesburg 135 Rivonia Road
Nedbank Constantia Kloof Johannesburg 18 Constantia Boulevard
Nedbank St. George’s Mall Cape Town C/o Waterkant Road and St. George’s Mall
Nedbank The Crossing Nelspruit Cnr, Madiba Drive, Samora Machel Dr, Nelspruit, 1200
Standard Bank
Standard Bank Centurion Centurion C/o Hendrick Vervoerd and South Street
Standard Bank Killarney, Rosebank Johannesburg Killarney Mall, 60 Riviera Road
Standard Bank Simmonds Johannesburg 5 Simmonds Street
Standard Bank Canal Walk Cape Town Shop 599LL, Canal Walk Shopping Centre, Century City Dr
Standard Bank Jubilee Mall Hammanskraal C/o Jubilee Road D154 and Harry Gwala Road D2757
Standard Bank Kathu Kathu Hendrik Van Eck Street, Shop 62, Village Walk Shopping Centre
Standard Bank Kingsmead (Closed for renovation) Durban 1 Standard Bank Centre, Kingsmead Way, Stamford Hill
Standard Bank Port Elizabeth Port Elizabeth 1 Pickering Street, Newton Park
Standard Bank Promenade Mall Cape Town C/o AZ Berman Road And Morgenster Road, Shop 73-75 Liberty Promenade
FNB Towers Johannesburg 27 Diagonal St, Newtown
FNB Centurion Lifestyle Centurion Centurion Lifestyle Centre, c/o Old Johannesburg Road & Lenchen Ave
FNB Menlyn – Pretoria Pretoria Shop 4, upper level, Cnr Simon Vermooten & Lynnwood Road, Equestria
FNB Merchant Place Johannesburg 4 Merchant Place, Cnr Rivonia Road and Fredman Drive
FNB Portside Cape Town Portside, 5 Buitengracht St
FNB Burgersfort Burgersfort Dirk Winterbach Street, Burgersfort, Limpopo
* Scheduled for 2020 – Unconfirmed

Smart ID card features

Following its launch, South Africa’s smart ID card was lauded as one of the most advanced IDs in the world.

LAWtrust solutions director Maeson Maherry said that among the benefits of these cards is that identity checks can be automated so that fewer things can go wrong.

“Many people don’t think Home Affairs [implemented a Smart ID card] because you can’t see the chip, but it’s actually a contactless chip,” said Maherry.

As the card doesn’t have to be inserted and removed from readers to be used, this is great for its durability.

South Africa’s new Smart ID card also has a number of advanced security features.

These include the public key infrastructure (PKI) which the card is built on, as well as the on-chip storage of biometric data, which means your fingerprints can be matched to the card offline.

This can be used to unlock a digital certificate – also secured on the card – which may be used to digitally sign transactions.

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