FNB adds Limpopo to roll out smart IDs, passports
After a successful roll out of the smart identity documents (IDs) and passports service in Gauteng and Western Cape, First National Bank (FNB) says it will expand the service to its customers in Limpopo.
To fast-track the rollout of smart ID cards, the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) partnered with the major banks – FNB, Absa, Nedbank and Standard Bank – to replace 38 million green-barcoded ID booklets.
Using the online booking portal, eHomeAffairs, citizens are able to apply for their smart IDs and passports online and finalise the application process at certain bank branches.
In a statement, the bank says once customers in that province apply for smart IDs and passports they’ll be able to collect at the FNB Burgersfort branch.
Lee-Anne van Zyl, chief executive of FNB Points of Presence, says: “We are thrilled to expand this convenient service to our customers in Limpopo. This collaboration and partnership with the Department of Home Affairs provides a great framework for improving access to essential services for communities.”
To date, FNB says it has issued over 200 000 smart ID cards and passports since the inception of the partnership with the DHA.
“We are confident that the expansion into Limpopo will provide more customers with convenience by avoiding long queues when applying for their smart IDs and passports,” adds Van Zyl.
The Burgersfort branch marks the fifth FNB branch to offer customers the smart ID and passport service. Other branches include; Portside in Cape Town, Pretoria’s Centurion Lifestyle and Lynnwood, and Merchant Place in Sandton.
“We remain committed to our partnership with the Department of Home Affairs and our ambition to expand this service nationally for all our customers to experience. We will be prioritising on rolling out this service to other provinces in the new year,” concludes Van Zyl.