The Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration under the Civil Registration has unchanged its operations and methodologies in the registering of citizens and immigrants born and living in the Kingdom of Swaziland.This includes the registering of proceedings such as birth, death, stillbirth, marriage and civil partnership is a legal requirement. These registrations are an integral part of identity documentation, providing a certificate to support further personal applications, for example, for passports and other related registration activities.

The headquarters of the civil registration centers in the Kingdom is working directly with its regional substations which are a successful story of the government’s decentralization drive.District Registrars found in all the substations liaise frequently with the office of the Registrar General on the operations of the regional level. The Ministry of Home Affairs through Civil Registration department is proud to provide guidance on all related registration matters, including changes, corrections, and overseas events, to Their Majesties, the public, Registrars, authorized persons, local authorities, Ministers, MPs and government officials.


Birth certificates are issued upon request to persons who are Swazi citizens and residents and whose births were duly registered in Swaziland. These persons have obtained their citizenship as follows:

  • Birth in Swaziland to Swazi citizens (by birth, naturalization) or foreigners who have valid residence or work permits in Swaziland.
  • Birth registration for those who were born abroad to Swazi citizens.

This document once issued includes the parent's particulars of applicant. The requirements are as follows:

- Form BMD1must be completed


Checklist of documents to be submitted

  • Form BMD1, Notice of Birth
    To be completed and signed by the Swazi parent of child being registered. If both parents are Swazi citizens, the father must complete and sign this part.
  • An original or notarized copy of the child's foreign birth certificate.
  • An original or certified copy of the parent's marriage certificate.
  • An original or certified copies of the Swazi parent's proof of Swazi citizenship e.g. birth certificate, identity document or valid passport.
  • Country of origin identity document or non Swazi Identity document from non Swazi parents of child being registered, confirming his/her consent for the child’s birth to be registered in South Africa.


                                      MARRIAGE CERTIFICATES

Persons who were married in Swazilandand whose marriages were registered inSwazilandmay apply for their marriage certificates.

 A duly completed Form BMD 3, Application for Marriage Certificate to be completed in black ink and signed by applicant

 All persons getting married in Swaziland are subject to the legislation of the Marriage Act, 1964 which does not differentiate between Swazi citizens and aliens with regard to the solemnization of a marriage in the kingdom of Swaziland. 

Intending bridal couples should in all cases consult the marriage officer in Swaziland who is to perform the ceremony to ensure compliance with the prescribed formalities.

Under the The Kingdom of Swaziland Marriage Act, 1964 a marriage is prohibited under the following conditions:

  • Persons who are already married. An existing marriage can only be terminated through death or by a competent court of law.
  • Minors. A minor may not enter into marriage unless the marriage officer is in possession of a written consent from both parents or the guardian.
  • Persons without contractual capacity. This refers to majors who are suffering from mental disorders. A person who is insane, may, however, contract a valid marriage if it can be proven that the person is lucid and in full possession of his faculties when concluding the contract.

The following are the noted general requirements for getting married in Swaziland. Once again it is suggested that intending bridal couples should consult the marriage officer in Swaziland who is to perform the ceremony to ensure compliance with the prescribed formalities.


 Death Certificates of persons who died in South Africacan be obtained by formal application.

 The requirements are as follow:

 Form, Application for Death Certificate completed in black ink and signed by applicant.


 Final divorce decrees filed inSwazilandcannot be requested from the Department of Home Affairs. 

 This must be obtained directly from the Court where the divorce was filed inSwaziland.


 In accordance with the provisions of theSwazilandBirths and Deaths Registration Act, 1992, a Swazi citizen may apply to amend his/her personal information in the Population Register by virtue of a formal application for personal amendment. 


-          FORM BMD ,

-          Affidavit for the Insertion of a Surname or if adding a surname to an existing surname;

-          Notice of Birth to indicate the surname to be assumed.

-          Certified copy of birth certificate

-          Certified copy of Statutory Declaration, Adoption Papers and Court Order or in the absence of these an affidavit motivating the necessity of the change of surname.


-          Affidavit

-          FORM BMD , Notice of Birth to indicate the correct date of birth

-          Original National Identity documents

-          Certified copy of Birth Certificate

-          Affidavit motivating the necessity/reasons for the change of date of birth

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