Adopting a child is a beautiful and life-changing experience, but it also comes with a lot of paperwork and legalities. One of the most important documents that you will need to obtain for your adopted child in South Africa is a new birth certificate. In this blog post, we will guide you through the process of applying for a new birth certificate for your adopted child in South Africa.

Step 1: Obtain an Adoption Order

The first step in applying for a new birth certificate for your adopted child is to obtain an adoption order. An adoption order is a legal document that confirms the adoption of a child and grants the adoptive parent/s full parental rights and responsibilities over the child. To obtain an adoption order, you will need to work with a social worker or an adoption agency and undergo a rigorous screening process.

Step 2: Obtain a Letter of Confirmation from the Department of Social Development

Once you have obtained an adoption order, you will need to obtain a letter of confirmation from the Department of Social Development. This letter confirms that the adoption order is legitimate and that the adoptive parent/s has been granted full parental rights and responsibilities over the child.

Step 3: Complete the BI-24 Application Form

The next step is to complete the BI-24 application form. This form is available from the Department of Home Affairs or can be downloaded from their website. The BI-24 form requires information such as the child’s original birth details, the adoptive parent/s’ details, and the details of the adoption order.

Step 4: Submit the Application Form and Supporting Documents

Once you have completed the BI-24 form, you will need to submit it, along with the adoption order, the letter of confirmation from the Department of Social Development, and the child’s original birth certificate, to the nearest Department of Home Affairs office. You will also need to pay a fee for the new birth certificate.

Step 5: Wait for the New Birth Certificate to Be Issued

Once you have submitted the application form and supporting documents, you will need to wait for the new birth certificate to be issued. This process can take up to eight weeks, so be patient.

 

Applying for a birth certificate in South Africa can be a time-consuming and frustrating process. Various documents need to be obtained and submitted, and the application process can be quite confusing. This is why many people choose to use a document agent like Doc Assist when applying for a birth certificate. Get in touch with the team for all your legal document needs today. 

 

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