The practice of issuing abridged birth certificates will end at 03 March 2013. From 04 March 2013 the Department of Home Affairs will only issue unabridged birth certificates to parents of newborn babies.

The amendment bases on the South African Citizenship Amendment Act 2010, which is the peak of the review of Birth and Death Act 1992 and Citizenship Act 1995.

The endeavour of the Department of Home Affairs is to issue secure, credible and accurate birth certificates and ID documents to all the people. Besides the Department of Home Affairs strives for a paperless department.

The current abridged birth certificate suffers from different failures. It was easy to reproduce illegally, it contains only the name and ID number of the newborn baby and the mother and it takes about 6-8 weeks to produce.

The new unabridged birth certificate will ensure speedy, efficient and accurate service delivery and above all it will be more secure and reliable with added information. It will contain the name of both parents and their ID numbers.

To get an unabridged birth certificate, parents had to return the previous certificate to the Department of Home Affairs.