South African citizens abroad who require new passports, identity documents, or similar civic services usually provided by the Department of Home Affairs can visit the Consulate-General or High Commission for assistance. Please see the list below for Civic Services provided and the accompanying requirements.
Passport and all other applications are dealt with on first-come , first –served basis. No request for fast tracking of applications will be entertained.
It takes SIX MONTHS to process new South African documents. To ensure that applicants receive their documents on time, they are advised to please apply at least TWELVE months before expiry of current passports to avoid any delays. . Applications can be mailed in or dropped off BY APPOINTMENT ONLY at the South African High Commission in Ottawa or South African Consulate General in Toronto.
Use BLACK ink only. Do NOT to write “N/A” or draw lines through the form if the question does not apply, leave blank space. Do NOT use white-out.
The requirements for the various types of passports are listed below.
- General information for all passport applicants
- Regular passport
- Maxi passport
- Emergency travel certificate
- Child passport
- Lost or damaged passport
- 3rd Party collection of passport in South Africa
Applicants for identity documents should select First time application and Reissue of ID.
This section assists those wishing to retain their South African citizenship, as well as those wishing to be exempted from losing their South African citizenship and those wishing to renounce their South African citizenship.
- Retention of South African citizenship
- Exemption from loss of South African citizenship
- Renunciation of South African citizenship
- Determination/Confirmation of Citizenship Requirements
Please review the various categories of birth registrations from the list below.
- Foreign birth registration (under 1 year)
- Foreign birth registration (1 year but under 15 years)
- Late birth registration (15 years and above)
- Re-registration of birth certificate
- Change of forenames (under 18 years of age) – minor
- Change of forenames (18 years and above) – major
- Assuming another surname under 18 years
- Assuming another surname 18 and above
- Insertion of natural father’s surname
- Alteration of date of birth