Unabridged birth certificates
Vault Birth Certificates Required for British Passport Application
Vault Birth Certificates
Unlike a standard Unabridged Birth Certificate which is a computer printout of a person’s records as captured on the Birth and Death Records at the Department of Home Affairs which depicts a person’s details Id number as well as his and her parents details, a Vault Copy of a Birth Certificate is a stamped and signed transcript of the original forms submitted to Home Affairs when a child was initially registered at a Home Affairs Office in South Africa or a consulate abroad.
Why do I require a Vault Copy of a Birth Certificate?
Foreign governments insist that these documents be submitted where a South African citizen applies for foreign citizenship due to immigration or marriage to a citizen of their country. This is especially true for South Africans wishing to register as a UK citizen or when applying for a UK passport irrespective of the reason for the application such as ancestral or spousal visa.
Be aware that these documents can take a notoriously long time to process as someone at home affairs has to physically enter the vault where all birth and death records are held, locate the document and then take a copy, stamp, date and sign it before it is passed on to the location where it was applied for. There are cases where people have waited for up to 4 years for their documents to be processed.
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To beat the queues, simply fill out the form and a friendly Q-Pro consultant will contact you to finalise the details.
Q-pro is an independent document sourcing specialist with no ties to Home Affairs.