Vault copy of birth registration certificate
Vault copy.
What is a Vault Copy

When ones birth is registered the dha24 or BI24 ( for older copies) form completed at home affairs, is sent to archives in Head Office. Archives create a file for every Citizen and the dha 24 form is placed in the file which is kept in the Vault at Head office. A Vault copy as the name indicates is a copy of this registration form stamped and signed by the Director General as a true copy

Why is it required?

Due to the original content contained on the Vault copy it is requested by many Foreign Passport and Visa issuing Authorities in addition to the unabridged birth certificate. It is used as a protective measure against fraud as it is believed that the computer generated unabridged birth certificates are vulnerable to forgery. The Vault copy of birth registration is essential to prove ones lineage.

Information contained in the vault copy

The vault copy is hand written registration form completed when the birth was registered and contains the following information:

Name and surname of Child, date of birth, place of birth and marital state of the parent’s

It also contains information on the parent’s such as name, surname and date and place of birth.

How long does it take to get

Due to the nature of locating the original file to take a copy of the birth registration form the process can take Home Affairs many months and in some cases even many years. The process is further delayed by courier bags needed to be full before they are returned to the various branches of Home affairs and further delays occur at branch level where these bags need to be sorted and filed.


We are able to assist with Vault copies in 3 to 5 weeks , ask us today about this wonderful service we are able to deliver. 

Please note that we can only produce the vault copies of files that exist in archives. Home Affairs have lost some records.

Should we not be able to locate the records we will refund half of the funds paid and advise what can be done to create new records.

Complete the below form, check the option box for Vault copy, scan and email back to us.

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