Assume another surname (above 18 years)

Processing time: 6 months

If you recently got married and want to assume your spouse’s last name, please refer to id reissue section

  • BI-196 Application to Assume another Surname form (for Majors)
  • DHA-24 Notice of Birth form (to indicate the surname to be assumed). Please request forms from the Consulate General in Toronto or South African High Commission in Ottawa by sending in a self-addressed stamped envelope (size A4 30cm x 24 cm) . The envelope should be able to fit an unfolded page.
  • BI-529 Determination of Citizenship form
  • Certified copy of Abridged/Unabridged Birth Certificate
  • Certified copy of Statutory Declaration, Adoption Papers
  • In case of a Major applicant, an affidavit motivating the necessity of the surname change
  • Fee – CAN $35.00 in money order or certified cheque payable to the “South African Consulate General” in Toronto or the “South African High Commission” in Ottawa. No cash, please. No personal cheques, please.
  • Small self addressed express envelope for the mailing of the certificate back to you when received from Home Affairs.