Birth certificates

Abridged Birth Certificate

An abridged birth certificate is a computer print out (without the parents details), and is normally used in South Africa (to open bank accounts etc) The certificate can be apostilled or legalised but please ensure that the abridged will be accepted overseas.

Processing Time:

+/- 1 week.

Costs

Dependent on the number of certificates required. Please email us on quote@docassist.co.za for a detailed quote.

 
 
 

Unabridged Birth Certificate

An unabridged birth certificate is a certificate of birth showing both the applicants parents details (Home Affairs locates the original birth registration document in the archives and all details from this document are placed in the unabridged birth certificate) . 

Home Affairs have removed the word UNABRIDGED from the top of the certificate - but as long as it states both parents details - it is the unabridged. 

The unabridged birth certificate is a computer print out and the document can be apostilled or legalised.

We can only assist by expediting an application that has already been submitted at a Home Affairs office in SA.

When will you require an unabridged Birth Certificate?

•             Emigration purposes

•             Visas for certain countries

 Processing time to expedite the application

+/- 3-6 weeks - depending on how easily the records are located in the archives.

In the event that you have already applied at a Home Affairs in SA:

Please can you advise

  1. Where and when did you apply?
  2. Please contact the call center to get the latest status update on the application and then email me the status then we can proceed with a quote: They might have requested additional documents that is delaying the application

CONTACT CENTRE  - please just be patient when calling this number as they are very busy and it can take a while to speak to an agent - the best time would be 7:30 am

0800 60 11 90

Costs dependent on the number of certificates required. Please email us on quote@docassist.co.za for a detailed quote.

 
 
 
  • Vault Copy of Birth Certificate

    • A vault copy of a  birth certificate is a CERTIFIED copy of the actual birth registration form when the birth was first registered. These copies are usually needed to prove the right to citizenship or a passport  I.e British Passport. You need to apply for the vault copies at a Home Affairs in SA /or at a SA Embassy overseas and there is no option to expedite these applications presently.

    • The vault copy of a birth certificate can be apostilled or legalised and this we can assist with.

We unfortunately do not offer a service to obtain or expedite vault copies.

 
 
 

Please click on REQUEST A QUOTE above and:

  • state which document  you require assistance with 
  • complete all the details and we will gladly assist.