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Where can I do a DNA test for my South African ID application?

You can get genetic testing done through the NHLS or a prvate company.

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How can I adopt my relative's baby?

Apply to the Children's Court for an adoption order. There will be checks to make sure you will be a fit parent.

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Can I register my child's birth if I did not have valid documents at the time?

Yes. Every child has the constitutional right to a name and nationality from birth, including birth registration.

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Can I apply for citizenship if I wasn't born in here and only one parent is South African?

Yes, but you need to get a South African birth certificate first.

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Is there a way I can change my personal information on my matric certificate?

It should not be necessary to change the personal information on your matric certificate, but you can apply for the certificate to be verified through Umalusi.

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Can I get permanent residency if my child is a South African citizen?

No, but you can apply for a relative’s visa.

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Can I get Home Affairs to make my ID interview sooner if it's urgent?

Your best bet is probably to ask an organisation that frequently deals with Home Affairs to help you.

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How can I get a death certificate for my parent so that I can apply for my ID?

You can apply for a replacement copy or a full death certificate at any Home Affairs office.

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How can I get an ID for my child when Home Affairs says they need his Malawian mother’s details too?

Only one parent's ID is required to apply for an ID, according to Home Affairs' website, so you may want to get legal help.

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How can I take custody of my 16-year-old son and change his surname to mine?

Both of these issues can be resolved through mediation to reach an agreement or parenting plan, which can then be made an order of court.

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