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Abridged & Vault 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 guarantee 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 Birth Certificate?

A Birth Certificate is a certificate issued by your country of birth to confirm and acknowledge the registration of your birth in that specific country. South African birth certificates are issued by the Department of Home Affairs.

What is a Unabridged Birth Certificate?

A unabridged birth certificate will state the person's full name and parentage, as well as the place and date of birth.

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. A vault birth certificate is usually needed to prove the right to citizenship or passport.

How to apply for a Birth Certificate in South Africa

  • complete Form BI--154 and submit it 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
  • pay the required fee for the application