If you have lost or stolen your South African ID card or passport, you should report it to the Department of Home Affairs as soon as possible. A lost or stolen ID card or passport can be reported at any Department of Home Affairs office or a police station.
To report a lost or stolen ID card or passport, you will need to provide the following information:
- Your full name and contact details.
- Your ID number or passport number (if known).
- The date and place where the ID card or passport was lost or stolen.
- A brief description of the circumstances of the loss or theft.
It is a good idea to have a copy of your ID card or passport on hand in case it is lost or stolen, as this will make it easier to report the loss or theft and to apply for a replacement. If you are unable to provide a copy of your ID card or passport, you may be required to provide alternative forms of identification.
The Department of Home Affairs will cancel your ID card or passport after you report the loss or theft to prevent it from being used fraudulently. Then you must apply for a replacement ID card or passport. The procedure for obtaining a replacement ID card or passport is similar to that for obtaining a new one, and you must provide the same documentation and pay the same fees.