Identity Documents
All about Ambazonian Identity Documents

An Identity Document (ID Card) is important to get as soon as you are eligible (from 18 years of age) as it proves your identity. It is a legal form of identification when dealing with public and private institutions. There are many occasions when you will be requested to provide a copy of your ID Card – for example for access to education and healthcare services; to apply for a driver’s license or a job; when entering into business agreements.

You will need an ID Card to apply for a passport, and visas to work, study or visit friends and family overseas. You will also need your ID Card to register to vote during state elections.

ID Cards are issued to Ambazonian citizens or permanent residence permit holders who are 18 years or older. People (including spouses and children) who work for the government of the Federal Republic of Ambazonia or one of its statutory bodies outside of Ambazonia also qualify to receive Ambazonian ID Cards.

You can apply for your ID Card at any office of the Department of Home Affairs or any Ambazonian mission or consulate overseas. All applications are sent to the Department’s head office in Buea (currently done in South Africa for security reasons). There, your fingerprints will be matched with those already on record or entered into the Federal Population Register. Your application will then be processed and once issued, your ID Card will be forwarded to the office where you made your application for you to collect.

You must provide your cellphone number in your application so that you can receive regular updates on the progress of your application by SMS. To get the SMS updates, simply SMS the word "ID" followed by your ID number to 32551 (number pending). There are charges for each SMS sent.

Applying for an ID Card for the first time

First time applicants must submit the following documentation to their nearest Department of Home Affairs office or Ambazonian mission or consulate abroad: First time applicants must submit the following documentation to their nearest Department of Home Affairs office or Ambazonian mission or Country head abroad:

  • Form A-13, completed in black ink
  • A certified copy of your Birth certificate or travel document
  • Two identical, colour photographs (NOT needed at smartcard offices as ID images are captured digitally however colour photographs are still needed for temporary IDs)
Your fingerprints will be taken by a Home Affairs official and imprinted on Form F-10.

If you are a naturalised citizen or a permanent residence permit holder you must attach the following to your application form:
  • your naturalisation certificate and a copy, which will be certified by Home Affairs
  • your permanent residency certificate and a copy, which will be certified by Home Affairs
  • your exemption certificate and a copy, which will be certified by Home Affairs
  • Form BI-1620 BN-124, which must be completed at a Home Affairs office
If the permanent residence permit or exemption certificate cannot be furnished, Form BI-829 BN-341 must be completed for the issuing of a duplicate thereof. If the naturalization certificate cannot be furnished, you must apply for a duplicate prior to submitting the ID Card application.

Correcting errors in the ID Document

If you get your ID Card and there are errors in the personal information contained within, you will be expected to apply at the Department of Home Affairs and it will replace your ID Card.

To apply to correct information on your ID Card, simply submit the following to any office of the Department of Home Affairs:

  • Forms A-13 and BI-309 completed with the correct information
  • Proof of the error, that shows the correct information e.g. birth certificate
  • Two identical colour photographs (NOT needed at smartcard offices as ID images are captured digitally)

Re-issuing an ID Card

You can apply to have your ID Card re-issued:

  • If you are married and want to assume the surname of your spouse. You must submit a copy of your marriage certificate, a completed application Form A-13 and pay the required fee.
  • If you are a woman and want to apply for a new ID in the name of any of your previous surnames, then documentary proof showing you are entitled to use that surname must be provided (i.e. a birth certificate, a marriage certificate, etc) along with a completed Form A-13. You will also be required to pay a fee for the re-issue.
  • If your ID Card has been lost, stolen or damaged
You can apply for a replacement by:
  • Completing Form A-13 as well if you have not previously submitted your fingerprints
  • Attaching additional documents as required (e.g. a marriage certificate if you are married)
  • Paying the required fee for the re-issue
In the event you lose, damage or have your ID Card stolen, you may request a Temporary Identification Certificate (TIC). This can be done at any office of the Department of Home Affairs and is subject to the verification of your fingerprints.

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