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The Department’s core Civic duties are

  • Maintaining the National Population Register (NPR)
  • Managing the birth, marriage and death records
  • Determining and granting citizenship
  • Issuing travel documents and passports
  • Issuing identity documents (ID)


These are achieved by issuing South African nationals and residents with documents pertaining to:

  • Births, Marriages and Deaths
  • Identity Documents and Identification
  • Citizenship
  • Travel Documents and Passports