Your old green ID book may soon be a thing of the past as the new smart ID cards start being rolled out. And instead of waiting in long queues at home affairs you will soon be able to apply and collect it from your nearest bank branch. Well provided you are with Standard Bank, Nedbank and FNB..since they are the only major banks so far to officially team up with home affairs for now. The banks will open a new home affairs kiosk that will take your biometric photograph, automated fingerprint, and electronic signature which will processed and can be collected when ready. If it’s your first time getting an ID then it will be free, but if you are trading in your green ID book for a Smart ID then you’ll have to pay R140.
Ok so according to Mybroadband the Smart ID pilot programme was launched yesterday (30 September) and bank employees can register for the new ID. Once they have ironed out all the kinks they expectto issues smart ID’s to the public by early next year.
And this from TimesLIVE
“Customers will be able to collect their smart IDs and passports from the home affairs office situated in their bank branch in seven days.
After launching the pilot project in August, the department set up offices in Standard Bank and FNB that have thus far issued close to 2000 smart ID cards on site.
While the two pilot offices at this stage are only able to issue smart IDs, the Nedbank pilot office in Sandton will as of this month issue smart IDs as well as passports.”
Now you know.