For all candidates who were issued with a certificate prior to 2013, a concessionary period of 12 months (1 May 2013 – 31 May 2014) is granted for such candidates to either correct the personal particulars or administrative errors. For all certificates issued from 2013, candidates are allowed a twelve month period from the date of issue for any corrections to be effected. A change to an original certificate will not be considered unless the original certificate (not replacement) is returned.
To change your name on your matric certificate, you must apply to the Department of Basic Education (DBE) or Provincial Education Department (PED) by completing the Re-issues application form.
You must go to the nearest DBE/PED offices in person so that DBE/PED officials can interview you before they make the amendments.
A statement of results may be issued, as an interim record while waiting for the issue of your certificate.
Re-issue: Legal alteration of personal particulars
In the case where the spelling of a name on an identity document, an ID number or date of birth as a result of an error made by the Department of Home affairs, as well as in cases where the candidate is found to share the same identity number with another person, and the ID number has unilaterally been changed by the Department of Home Affairs, an application may be made for consideration with the Department of Basic Education or Provincial Education Department.
A change of personal particulars due to marriage or civil union or in the case of a person who has changed his/her name through a legal process, such cases do not qualify for re-issue. The onus is on the certificate holder to provide the necessary documentation to prove that he/she is the rightful owner of the certificate.
Re-issue: Administrative errors
Within the six-month period after certification (first issue), but not later than a year after the last examination, a request for a re-issue will be considered in cases where there is sufficient proof that the mistake on the certificate, either with regard to a subject mark, subject choice or a change in result, or some aspect of the personal details, is incorrect because of a registration error by the school or department.
Re-issue: Alteration of Sex Description and Sex Status
In the situation where the Director – General of the Department of Home Affairs has granted an application in terms of the Alteration of Sex Description and Sex Status Act, 2003, and a person’s sex-description has been altered accordingly, the person may, through the Department of Basic Education or Provincial Education Department, make application for re-issue with a change of name/personal details (if requested), and a re-assignation of sex description on the Umalusi data-base.
· Certified copies of the candidate’s old and new Identity Documents
· A detailed sworn statement (affidavit) by the candidate
· The original certificate
· A letter from the Department of Home Affairs confirming that it has, on behalf of the person in question, acted in terms of Section 27(A) of the Births and Death Registration Act, 1992, and that it has altered the sex description (and the names) of that person
· Application form obtainable from the DBE/PED.
What you should do?
- Pay the prescribed fee by postal order at the Post Office, cash at DBE/PED office or by cheque.
- Go to the nearest DBE/PED offices with the following documents:
- your original national/ senior certificate and a certified copy
- Identity document (ID) and a certified copy of your ID
- an affidavit stating the reasons for alteration (detailed one)
- confirmation letter from the Department of Home Affairs
- Birth certificate. If you don’t have a birth certificate you must bring a clinic card, baptismal certificate, or school report that states your name and date of birth.
· Alternatively you can download form, Application for Re-issue-Senior Certificate/NSC Change of personal information form, fill it and post it with the attached documents, including the postal order or cheque, to: Private Bag X895, Pretoria, 0001.
How long does it take?
It takes four to six weeks for a Re-Issue certificate
How much does it cost?
· Re-issue certificate (Legal changes): R250.00
· Re-issue certificate (Administrative errors): R63 until 31 March 2014
· Statement of results: R23 until 31 March 2014
Who to contact?
· National office: 012 357 4511/13
· Eastern Cape: 043 604 7709/73
· Free State: 051 404 8000
· Gauteng: 011 355 0588
· KwaZulu Natal: 031 327 0538/0331
· Limpopo: 015 290 7747/7830
· Northern Cape: 053 839 6585
· North West: 018 384 3100/51
· Western Cape: 021 467 2483