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An Unabridged Birth Certificate is a computer printout showing the full information of the individual as well as that of the parents or legal guardians.

  • A Birth certificate is deemed unabridged if both parents' details reflect. 

  • The BI-24 is the birth registration document, also known as the VAULT certificate.   Home Affairs will not issue an unabridged birth certificate unless this VAULT document is on file at Head Office. 

  • Citizens under the age of 18 require this certificate (in addition to passports and visas) when entering or exiting South Africa.

  • If your child was born after 2010 the unabridged birth certificate is printed while you wait and you would not need us to expedite it.

  • We can only assist if you have a 13 Digit South African ID number for the person whose certificate you are requesting.  In the absence of a 13-digit  ID number we can assist if you have a copy of the Birth Register.

  • If you have neither the ID nor the Regitster, refer to the Search section under Info & Options

We have two Options available for Unabridged Birth Certificates.

Option 1:  Expedite Only - You apply and collect,  we expedite.

Option 2:  Full Service - We apply, expedite and collect.

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