For South Africans, our ID Documents are important. In most instances, we can’t perform certain tasks without it.
In South Africa, you celebrate having your ID when you finally hit 18 because now you can put it to good use and show that bouncer at the club that you can get in (for some of us, that feeling is fresher than for others).
Our Barcoded ID Documents are there to identify more than just our date of birth, it's a code that is used to identify many more aspects of our lives. It 's what could be called a “password”. When in the right hand's someone can identify the paths we have taken in our lives.
The basic ID Number format without data inserted is: YY-MM-DD—SSSS-C-A-Z
Since 2013, the green barcoded booklet we have grown accustomed to having is becoming obsolete. By 2022 the South African government is insisting that every person living in South Africa must have the new smart card ID.
This is an attempt to heighten identity security and diminish fraud and tampering. These new cards have chips embedded in them that have biographic data on, making it verifiable and readable on systems, making it much harder to manipulate and forge. Applying for this new smart card can easily be done at any of the major banks and home affairs offices.
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