Application For The Alteration Of The Surname Of A Major
Section 17 of The Children's Act (Act No. 38 of 2005) stipulates that a child becomes a major upon reaching the age of 18 years.
This amendment is in terms of Section 26(2) of the Births and Deaths Registration Act, 1992.
Application for corrections, re-registration of a birth, insertion of the biological father's particulars, change of forenames, change of the surname of a minor, is different and the applicable guidelines should be consulted.
A woman may assume her husband's surname, or revert to her maiden surname or a prior surname she legally bore, and since 1997 a woman may also join her surname with that of her husband's as a double-barrelled surname. No application to the Department of Home Affairs is necessary in these instances. Person's whose surnames have changed, may apply for a tourist passport and/or identity document, reflecting the married surname.
On receipt of the following documentation, your application for the change of your surname will be referred to the Department of Home Affairs in South Africa. Legislation prescribes that the change of a surname of a Major must be gazetted in South Africa. The publication will be done by Home Affairs and your application fee covers this.
NB: Quote the applicant's full name, surname and date of birth as well as the postal address in the email. The form will then be posted out. Alternatively, phone the Mission.
Application Fee: Non-refundable fee of AUD 36.00 per application
Payment must be in Australian Dollars (AUD) made out to the "South African High Commission" by way of Postal Money Order or Bank Cheque.
Personal cheques or credit cards are NOT accepted. ONE bank cheque or Postal Money Order for the total amount / whole family is preferred. Incorrect payment will not be accepted; in case of incorrect payment the cheque or postal money order will be returned to applicant.
South African High Commission
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