Insertion Of The Biological Father's Particulars Into The Birth Register Of His Child Where The Parents Are Still Not Married

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.

These guidelines are for the insertion of the biological father's particulars into the birth register of his child, previously registered as born out of wedlock and where the parents are still not married.

This amendment is in terms of Section 11(4) of the Births and Deaths Registration Act, 1992.

Application for corrections, re-registration of a birth, change of forenames, change of the surname of a major, change of the surname of a minor, is different and the applicable guidelines should be consulted.

The following documentation is required:

  1. Completion of forms BI-1682 and BI-529.
  2. Where the surname of the child must be altered to that of the biological father, application form BI-193 must be completed.
  3. Form DHA-9 - All applications for amendments of persons 16 years and older MUST include the finger print form. To obtain the DHA-9 finger print form please send a self-addressed prepaid ordinary or express post envelope to the South African High Commission, State Circle, Yarralumla, Canberra 2600. Please include a cover note requesting the form and quoting applicant(s) full name and RSA ID number(s). (If more than one DHA-9 form is required please send a separate envelope for each form or one large envelope to accommodate all the forms).
  4. To support and assist with the finalization of the application, copies of the ID, Passport, Birth Certificate of the parent/s should be submitted.

Fees Applicable: Non-refundable fee of AUD 6.00 per application.

Personal cheques or credit cards are NOT accepted. Incorrect payment will not be accepted; in case of incorrect payment the cheque or postal money order will be returned to applicant.

Return Postage.

  • For applications originating from within Australia - a Self-addressed Registered Post Envelope (only one envelope per family).

Forms may be down loaded from

Postal Address:

South African High Commission
State Circle

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