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Banks to issue smart ID cards

By admin
17 February 2015

Major banks will soon be taking applications for new smart card IDs.

Standard Bank, Nedbank, and First National Bank had so far signed memoranda of understanding with the department.

"A person could be able to go to their bank. After doing banking they can go to the home affairs kiosk within the bank and submit all their applications.

"They take the biometric photograph, automated fingerprint, and electronic signature. That is then compiled into an electronic package and deposited to home affairs," said Gigaba.

Applicants would collect their IDs at the banks.

Of the 403 home affairs offices countrywide, 110 had a "live capture" system for processing smart card IDs and new passports. By March it was expected that 140 offices would have the new technology.

The smart card IDs could only be issued at offices where the new live capture system was in place. This had resulted in long queues at some of these offices.

The old green ID books would remain valid.

-         News 24