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Registration of Foreign Birth


Do you live abroad and you would like to register your baby or child's birth? Certificates RSA can expedite the foreign birth registration process and make it so much easier for you.

Continue reading for more information about how the process works. If you still have questions please contact us.

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Foreign birth registration is when a child is born abroad to a South African mother and/ or father and they would like to register the child's birth in South Africa.

Foreign Birth Registration Application Process

  1. Find the South African embassy, high commission, or consulate nearest to your current location. They will assist you in registering the foreign birth. We  can only assist in expediting the process once this step has been done
  2. Prepare the necessary documents for the registration process, which typically include:
    • Completed application form: Obtain the birth registration application form from the South African Mission or their official website.
    • Child's birth certificate: Provide the original birth certificate issued by the foreign country's authorities.
    • Parent's identification documents: Submit valid identification documents of both parents, such as passports or national identity cards.
    • Parent's marriage certificate: If the parents are married, present a copy of their marriage certificate.
    • Parent's passports: Provide copies of the parents' passports.
    • Parent's proof of residence: Some South African Missions may require proof of the parents' residence in South Africa.
    • Additional documents: The South African Mission may request additional supporting documents based on individual circumstances. It is advisable to inquire about any specific requirements.
  3. Submit the Application: Visit the South African Mission in person and submit the completed application form and all required documents. Pay any applicable fees, if applicable.
  4. The South African Mission will process your application and verify the documents provided. The processing time can vary, so inquire about the estimated timeframe during submission.
  5. Once the foreign birth registration is approved, you will receive a South African birth certificate for the child.


How to apply

Once you have completed your order, please email the following documents (clear scanned copies) to onlineorders@certificatesrsa.co.za:

  • Both parents Copies of ID’s (not bigger than 1MB)
  • Both parents Copies of Passports (not bigger than 1MB)
  • Birth Certificate of the child (not bigger than 1MB) must be in English

Lead time

Approximately: 2 - 4 weeks

Disclaimer: Certificates RSA does not 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.

Variations in delivery times from the DHA fluctuate. We cannot and will not be held responsible or liable for any costs incurred due to late or non delivery.

Additional costs

Cash deposits: If you will be making a cash deposit please include R50.00 for banking charges, or a separate invoice will be issued.

International payments: If paying from an international account, please include bank charges of R250.00 per transaction, or a separate invoice will be issued.

Courier: Once the certificate/s are ready they will be sent to you via courier. Please select the correct courier option when placing your order. If you are unsure about which region to select, please choose "Please send me a separate quote" and we will send you a separate invoice. If you choose an incorrect region (eg. if you select "Courier South Africa - Main Centre" but reside in a remote/outlying area in South Africa), a separate invoice will be issued to cover any additional costs.

We make use of DHL for courier services. Once the parcel has been collected from us it is out of our control and any queries should be directed to DHL directly.

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.