South Africa: Digital Identification System in Review  

Key Points  

  • South Africa is in the process of implementing a new biometric registration system for foreign nationals 


The government of South Africa opened its newest draft National Biometric Identification and Registration Bill for public comment. Written submissions must be made on or before 30 June 2023. The bill aims to create a digital national identification system for foreign nationals applying for permanent residence or temporary stay permissions in the country.  

The system will include information on the person’s date of birth, gender identity, including a gender neutral identity number for non-binary persons, immigration reference numbers and more. 

What are the Changes?  

The government of South Africa is in the process of creating a new biometric registration system for foreign nationals. According to the government announcement, the system will provide a more secure data collection and storage system.  

Looking Ahead  

Continue to check the government of South Africa’s website and Envoy’s website for the latest updates and information. 

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