New Full Birth Certificates Issued by DHA

Effective 1 December 2016, South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs (DHA) issues a new type of birth certificate known as a “full” birth record. This adds to their Unabridged, Abridged and Vault copy of birth certificates issued.

This new birth certificate offering serves to eliminate the backlog of duplicate requests for birth certificates by offering quicker processing speeds.

Birth registrations in South Africa were previously issued an Abridged birth certificate by the DHA as standard practice. The Abridged certificate can be seen as a shortened version of birth record that only serves to confirm that the applicant has had their birth records captured and registered.

The Abridged certificate would therefore only evidence the applicants recorded place of birth, date of birth and the applicants full registered name.

For visa and travel purposes, this limited information does not disclose who the applicants registered biological parents are. Therefore, especially in cases where minors are looking to travel abroad, the Abridged birth certificate does not serve as means to confirm who the minors registered parents are. Making the Abridged birth useless for international travel purposes.

Cleverly the new system will issue a full birth record for new registered births going forward from here. This will eventually eliminate the need to request separate certificates, with more details, to be issued.

Attached below are examples of the new “Full birth certificate” and the old “Unabridged birth certificate” for reference purposes:

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Example of New “Full SA Birth Certificate”. Example of Old “Unabridged Birth Certificate”.

Please note that for British passport applications, even with the new bio-metric capturing data that the DHA has implemented, Her Majesties Passport Office still insists upon Vault copies of birth certificates (preferred over the Unabridged or Full birth certificate records). Further information can be found on our “UK birth rights explained” page.

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Ryan Rennison

With over 10 years of industry experience, Ryan Rennison has witnessed the constantly changing UK immigration legislation. Paying specific attention to the changes that impact South African passport holders, Ryan proudly helps South Africans gain permission to enter the UK, formally known as Entry Clearance. Move Up is the banner under which Ryan has chosen to run with, this site serves to capture the solutions he and his team offer.

4 thoughts on “New Full Birth Certificates Issued by DHA

  1. Dan says:

    Hi, Thanks for the above information.. I have a difficult situation. Hope you have any solution. I was abandoned by my parents, the lady who raised me never new my mother’s official name on the ID book. She only told me that my Mother was a Street hustler and never stayed in one place for too long and because I used to get FITS (SEIZURES)as a child my Mother felt that I was possessed and she did not wanna deal with a sick child so she abandoned me and I have never seen her in my life growing up.
    I never needed a full birth certificate before. I have always used my abridged birth certificate. I am 43 years old and am doing a small business and barely make enough so now I am trying to get a job in OVERSEAS where I need a police clearance certificate and a full birth certificate. So what do I do now… Can an affidavit help me? Any guidance would be helpful.. if you know anyone in a similar situation who has experienced this please guide. Thanks

  2. Move Up Admin says:

    Hi Dan,

    Thanks for your query.

    I recommend you go into your local Home Affairs and request an Unabridged birth certificate. Your ID number should reflect on your Abridged birth certificate. With that, you can request the Unabridged birth certificate.

    Thanks for giving Move Up the opportunity to help.

    All the best.

  3. David Brown says:

    Hi Ryan.My Mother Gave me up for Adoption at 3 (My Surname Changed)I found Her & My Brother in the U.K after 30 years.I also Found my Grandmother in S.A (95) Whom I take care of Who was a British Citizen & came here after WW2.Is there a way for mr to Qualify for a British Passport (taking into consideration my Adopted Surname Change.

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