Question Answer
How do I obtain a death certificate?

Before a death can be formally registered, a doctor will need to issue a medical certificate giving the cause of death. In hospital, this is usually done by a hospital doctor, who will hand the certificate to you in a sealed envelope addressed to National Identity and Civil Registration.

What was used before birth certificates?

Before birth certificates were made the norm, information on births was kept in church records. However, this was not a formalized process and there were no laws mandating when and how exactly a person should be legally recorded.

What happens if you do not register your child’s birth?

It is very important to register a child’s birth because if a child is not registered he/she is not legally known in the database of a country and is non-existent. This means the government does not recognize such child as a citizen of Lesotho.

Why are birth certificates so important?

The government of the Kingdom of Lesotho has launched an Automatic Birth Registration. This means every child is registered immediately after birth and when he/she is of age can then apply for a National Identity card.

Why are birth certificates so important?

Birth certificates serve as proof of an individual’s age, citizenship status, and identity. They are necessary to obtain a social security number, apply for a passport, enroll in schools, get a driver’s license, gain employment, or apply for other benefits.

How do I make an appointment to marry at Home Affairs?

Civil marriages are solemnized at offices of the Ministry of Home Affairs and at churches (by authorised marriage officers).

How much does an emergency passport cost?

Application: M 130.00
Emergency fee M500.00, total M630.00
Pay M630.00 (also bring your old passport if there’s any), apply at any passport office. An applicant should collect a passport from Mohale’s Hoek.

How much does it cost to replace a passport?

Penalty for lost/damaged, pay M300.00
Application fee M130.00, total M430.00
Pay M430.00 for a lost passport
Pay M430.00 for a damaged passport and bring such passport along

How much does a passport cost?

Regular passport (32 pages) _ M130.00
Regular passport (64 pages) _ M250.00
Official passport (32 pages) _ M200.00
Diplomatic passport (32 pages) _ M1000.00
Diplomatic passport (64 pages) _ M1200.00

How long do I wait to receive my passport?

A maximum of 5 working days

What are the requirements of replacing lost passport?

Report it to the nearest police station (in any country)
Bring along the police report (affidavit) and your ID at the passport office.

What do I need for passport collection?

An adult should collect his/her passport, no one is expected to collect a passport on behalf of an applicant.

Children below the age of 16 cannot be allowed to collect their passports. Passports for minors can only be collected by a parent or a guardian who gave consent.

What are the requirements for passport application?

ADULTS (16years and above):

  • National Identity (ID) card
  • Previous passport (if any)
  • Application letter (does not require chief’s stamp)


  • Birth certificate
  • Letter of consent (application) from a parent/guardian
  • ID/Passport of a parent or guardian
Are passports readily available to anyone who needs one?

Passports are only available to the legible applicants.

How much is Lesotho work permit?

The new Lesotho Exemption Permit (LEP) project will begin on 18 November 2019 for online applications. The LEP is open for valid LSP permit-holders only. Cut-off date for submission of applications is 31 March 2020. An administrative fee of R1090 will be charged.