South Africa

South Africa’s identity document is an identity book that is an anachronism by existing standards, with the only concession to modern technology being the bar-code.

The success of the identity book is the formulation of the identity number which is universally adopted by both government and commerce as the means of identifying individuals.

Lack of control in the Department of Home Affairs over the identity books has created a climate where fraudulent identity books are now a concern that the government is needing to address, and a biometric solution is being considered.