Tips for renewing you passport

If you need to obtain or renew a passport I can give you the following tips:

  • Take your ID document and old passport
  • Bring your own Black pen
  • Bring 2 passport photos
  • Bring cash (R190 for a normal passport and R380 for a Maxi passport)
  • Get a Maxi passport – it has double the pages of a normal passport and might save you a renewal in the future
  • The service at the Department of Home Affairs is improving but I still suggest that you get there early
  • You are now required to complete an additional step called “Passport – Live Capture” where your fingerprints, signature and photo is digitally captured so the process takes a bit longer
  • To track the progress of your application SMS the letter “P” followed by your ID number to 32551 or contact 0800 601190

Now for a six week wait…


My passport was ready for collection on the 26th of April. That means that the whole process took just over 2 weeks. Consider me impressed. The new passport feels very solid and the information page is made of plastic (like a credit card).