South Africa introduces new National Idenitity System that aims to return National Population Register

The Authority of South Africa is inventing the new National Identity System (NIS), which will return the current National Population Register and become the spine of all Home Affairs functions in South Africa.

After almost two years, National Identity System will come into operation and assume that in March 2024. It will help the security and reliability of civic and immigration status connected to identity and biometric data.


All in one, NIS will virtually act as a single source of information for the South Africans nation.

As per the Department of Home Affairs, this NIS process will allow the protection of residents and all known delivery and improve the security of the residents and familiarity of foreign nationals in South Africa.

To make the country digitalised, the department is launching a single integrated source of biographic and biometric information.

The current disparate civic and immigration system will produce the secured data that will add to the design of NIS as per the identity system of NIS and updated identification Act.

This process includes all processes in the system of their NIS system, including the birth registrations, marriages and deaths that will be digitalised and secured.

This successful implementation by NIS will lead to a significant reduction of fraudulent transactions and e-commerce services.


The new NIS (National Identity System) is made a modernisation programme in society that the Department of Home Affairs has undertaken over ten years.

Some of the essential components which will be phased in through the new model and form part of the NIS include:

Digital procedures for giving birth, marriage and death certificates.

The use of modified screening processes at e-gates at high volumes land a port of entry for pre-approved tourists.

A single hub for the adjudication of access and visas.

As per the department, all of these services will access several channels, including partners, such as public and private health systems for birth and death registration.