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Newborn Paperwork

Congratulations - you are a parent! No matter how perfect the moment, sooner rather than later you will have to register that little bundle of joy. Alsa, you can't escape the paperwork.

What are the regulations?

All children born in South Africa must be registered within 30 days of their birth (in terms of the Births and Deaths Registration Act, 1992).

  • A parent or both parents, guardian or any other person legally responsible for the child must complete Form BI-24 (with black ink only);

  • This form must be submitted to the nearest office of the Department of Home Affairs if you are in South Africa, or the nearest South African embassy, mission or consulate if you are overseas.

  • Once your baby’s birth has been registered, an abridged birth certificate will be issued free of charge, usually a day or so after the registration application has been submitted.

We've provided you with the links to make it a little easier.

Your first port of call should be the Department of Home Affairs to register the birth of your baby.

Residing in South Africa - Downloadable forms

Not residing in South Africa - procedures


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