The Department of Home Affairs will launch the pilot of its e-channel portal in December, allowing South Africans to apply for their Smart ID and passport online.
Home Affairs director general Mkuseli Apleni said the e-channel system will allow people to apply for documents from the comfort of their homes or offices.
The e-channel portal allows users to make their application online, and then go into a Home Affairs office (and in future, a bank branch) to have their photo and fingerprints taken.
The system was originally set to be trialled with Standard Bank and FNB in November, but Home Affairs said it was still finalising “modalities” with the banks.
Absa and Nedbank are expected to join the pilot programme at a later date.
Minister Malusi Gigaba said that over 2,000 Smart IDs have been issued to citizens since the department partnered with banks to pilot the Smart ID programme.