Clients are advised to use either the department's website or SMS to verify their alive or deceased status.
* To use the website, people should visit http://www.dha.gov.za
and click on check your status (at the top left corner of the homepage) and choose ID status verification (alive/deceased). They will be required to enter their ID number and press the verify button to see if they are "alive" or "deceased."
* Using the SMS service, clients can type in the letter L, followed by the ID number to 32551. A reply SMS will then be sent back confirming status as either "alive or "deceased." Each SMS costs R1 charged by the client's network service provider.