The Department of Home Affairs has an online marriage verification service as part of the Check Your Marital Status Campaign.
The service has been made available to assist in preventing and uncovering instances where South Africans have been unknowingly married to foreigners. The foreign spouses use the marriage to get residence and work permits in South Africa.
If you are a South African citizen, you can check your marital status by logging onto the Department of Home Affairs Website cand submitting your ID number.
You can also visit your local Home Affairs office to check your status or you can query the status via SMS.
Send an SMS to 32551 and the message of the SMS should be as follows:
· For your ID book application status: type ID then the ID number (e.g. ID 5001010050080).
· For your passport application status: type the letter P and then the ID number (e.g. P5001010050080).
· For your marital status: type the letter M and then the ID number (e.g. M 5001010050080).
· For your ID status (deceased or alive): type the letter L and then the ID number (e.g. L5001010050080).
You will receive the status directly to your cellphone via SMS.