The Department of Home Affairs has encouraged parents and guardians to apply at any of their nearest home affairs offices for unabridged birth certificates for their children even if they do not have plans to travel abroad soon as this is a legal requirement.
Abridged Birth certificates merely indicate the name and surname of a child’s mother.
Unabridged Birth certificates include the details of both the mother and the father.
Marriage Certificates is issued immediately after the wedding, then the marriage officer will issue the parties with a handwritten marriage certificate (BI-27). By default, you will receive an abridged certificate and if you live, work, and plan to stay in South Africa, this certificate should suffice.
Abridged certificate contains both husband and wife’s personal details such as full name and ID number as well as the date of the marriage.
Unabridged Marriage Certificate, also known as a full marriage certificate, contains more detailed information. This is the most formal certificate and is required if you plan to travel extensively, emigrate, or obtain a foreign passport.
The Department of Home Affairs will issue a Death Certificate on receipt of the notification of death (Form BI-1663) and the Death Report (Form BI-1680).
Abridged Death Certificate is issued on the same day of registration of death. It is a computer printout that contains personal details of the individual that died along with the date of death and DHA issues abridged death certificates by default.
Unabridged Death Certificate can be obtained by completing Form BI-132. It contains details of the deceased, date of death, and includes the cause of death as well.