What is an Unabridged Certificate?

An Unabridged birth, marriage or death certificate is simply an officially printed certificate which contains the information of both biological parents or legal guardians on the certificate. A normal abridged birth, marriage or death certificate will not contain the parents information.

As from 2018, the Department of Home Affairs has started the process of issuing only Unabridged birth certificates. For new registrations they will only issue unabridged birth certificates and totally do away with the old abridged certificates.