In today's digital age, online identity verification is becoming increasingly important, especially for institutions that handle sensitive information such as banks and financial organizations. According to forecasts, the identity verification market is predicted to experience significant growth in the coming years. The market is expected to expand from its 2017 value of 4.93 billion U.S. dollars to over 18 billion U.S. dollars by 2027, representing an increase of more than 13 billion U.S. dollars.


The Home Affairs National Identification System (HANIS) is a comprehensive database of personal information and biometric data of South African citizens and permanent residents. Many banks and financial institutions in South Africa are now using the HANIS online verification system to authenticate the identity of their clients quickly and accurately. 


In this blog post, we will delve deeper into the HANIS online verification system and explore its benefits for both banks and their clients. We will also answer most of your frequently asked questions on HANIS online verification.


What is the meaning of HANIS?


HANIS means Home Affairs National Identification System. 


What is HANIS in South Africa?


The Home Affairs National Identification System (HANIS) is a computerized database system that stores the personal information of citizens and permanent residents of South Africa. This includes biographical details such as names, dates of birth, identity numbers, and photographs, as well as biometric data such as fingerprints and facial images. 


HANIS is managed by the Department of Home Affairs, and its primary purpose is to provide a secure and reliable source of identification for various government services, including voting, social benefits, and national security. In addition, HANIS is also used by some private organizations, such as banks and financial institutions, for identity verification purposes.


What is HANIS Online Verification in South Africa?


The HANIS (Home Affairs National Identification System) is an online fingerprint verification system in South Africa designed specifically for South African citizens, allowing them to register their personal identification number or passport number issued by the Home Affairs National Identification System.


To verify your identity on any device, the fingerprint presented is compared to the stored fingerprint. A successful match results in a successful authentication.


What is the Importance or Benefits of HANIS Online Verification Service


HANIS Online verification has benefits for banks and their clients alike. HANIS Online Verification Service offered by SABRIC Banks presents an opportunity to verify a client's information with that stored on the Home Affairs National Identification System (HANIS). 


Additionally, the service provides a means for Banks to inform clients if any of their details require updating as per HANIS. This initiative not only benefits the client and Banks but also aligns with the Department of Home Affairs' objective to enhance the quality of the national identity resource (HANIS).


What is PSIRA HANIS Online Verification?


On 2 October 2015, the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) recognized this service as an alternative method for verifying the identity of a client as required by Regulation 4(1) of the Regulations to the FIC Act. In this regard, the FIC released a Public Compliance Communication (PCC) titled PCC33.


The terms and conditions, rights, and obligations governing the access granted to SABRIC Banks by the DHA are documented in the agreements. SABRIC- South African Banks Risk Intelligence Centre- is an NPF company formed by South African banks to support the banking industry in the combating of crime. 


 SABRIC facilitates access for new participants to the Service and ensures the service's fair use and adherence to the original intent and benefits realization through effective governance. To this end, SABRIC manages its relationship with the relevant units within the DHA and documents all necessary procedures and processes for new and existing implementations.


What is the Requirement for HANIS Verification?


If you are asking: what is needed for HANIS Online Verification, here is a list of what you will need for your HANIS verification:

  1. Passport Number
  2. National ID
  3. Phone number


How to Enroll on the HANIS FingerPrint Authenticator


To add the HANIS authenticator:

  1. Click on its icon under "Add Authenticator". You can optionally add a related comment in the "Comment" section and select a preferred category under "Category". 
  2. Enter your passport number or national ID in the "ID/Passport number" field
  3. Enter your mobile number in the "Phone number" field.
  4. Click "Save". 

A message indicating that the "HANIS Fingerprint" authenticator has been added will appear.


How do I verify my SA ID Online?- How to do ID Verification Online


Unline the PSIRA Onlie verification, Your HANIS Online verification is usually done at the bank. To verify your identity, the bank will require you to place your finger on a biometric reader that will compare your fingerprint against the Home Affairs database.


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