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Birth Certificates

If you need a birth certificate we can assist you with the process of obtaining your Abridged, Unabridged and Vault Birth Certificate South Africa.

Although lead times are a indication, Certificates RSA does in no way guarantees lead times in any way and does not accept responsibility for any loss due to delays in issue of certificates and/or certificates issued with faulty information

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What is a Abridged Birth Certificate?

An abridged birth certificate" is a shorter version of the birth certificate that contains basic information about an individual's birth. It provides essential details such as the person's name, date of birth, place of birth, and registration number. This certificate does not include additional information about the parents or other details available in an unabridged birth certificate.

It's important to note that the abridged birth certificate may not be sufficient for all purposes, especially those requiring proof of parentage or when dealing with international transactions or travel. In such cases, an unabridged birth certificate, which includes detailed parentage information, is usually required.

What is a Unabridged Birth Certificate?

It contains comprehensive information about an individual's birth and parentage. An unabridged birth certificate provides additional details compared to the abridged or short-form birth certificate.

The unabridged birth certificate is often required for various purposes, such as international travel, immigration, or official transactions that involve proving one's identity or parentage.

What is a Vault Birth Certificate?

A vault birth certificate is a copy of the actual birth registration form from when the birth was first registered and is usually needed to prove the right to citizenship or passport.

The term vault emphasizes the secure storage and handling of these birth certificates to prevent tampering, loss, or unauthorized access.

How to apply for a Birth Certificate in South Africa

  • complete the application form and email it to us
  • pay the required fee for the application

Please note that from time to time the CRC and HA experiences backlogs and turnaround times listed on our website cannot be guaranteed. Loadshedding is putting a lot of pressure on the system and affecting applications and turnaround times. Kindly take this into consideration when making travelling plans or have deadlines.