Population: 57,7 million (June 2018 estimate).  Exchange rate: 1 CAD = 10.96 ZAR (05 November 2018).  Official Languages: 11.  Landmass: 1 233 404 km².   GDP Rank: 37 th (2016, World Bank).
Population: 57,7 million (June 2018 estimate).  Exchange rate: 1 CAD = 10.96 ZAR (05 November 2018).  Official Languages: 11.  Landmass: 1 233 404 km².   GDP Rank: 37 th (2016, World Bank).

Assume another surname (above 18 years)

Processing time: 6 months

If you recently got married and want to assume your spouse’s last name, please refer to id reissue section
  • BI-196 Application to Assume another Surname form (for Majors)
  • BI-24/1 Notice of Birth form (to indicate the surname to be assumed). Please request forms from the Consulate General in Toronto or South African High Commission in Ottawa by sending in a self-addressed stamped envelope (size A4 30cm x 24 cm) . The envelope should be able to fit an unfolded page.
  • BI-529 Determination of Citizenship form
  • Certified copy of Abridged/Unabridged Birth Certificate
  • Certified copy of Statutory Declaration, Adoption Papers
  • In case of a Major applicant, an affidavit motivating the necessity of the surname change
  • Fee - CAN $45.00 cash exact amount if coming in person or mail in money order or certified cheque payable to South African Consulate General or South African High Commission
  • Small self addressed express envelope for the mailing of the certificate back to you when received from Home Affairs.













South African High Commission – Ottawa South African Consulate-General – Toronto:
15 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
K1M 1M8

Tel: (613) 744 0330
Fax: (613) 741 1639


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110 Sheppard Avenue East, Suite 600
Toronto, ON
M2N 6Y8

Tel: (416) 944 8825
Office faxline: (416) 944 0925
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