How to Apply for New SASSA Card? (Online & In-Person)

Apply For New SASSA Card: The world is upgrading, and so is the SASSA grant system.

Seemingly, the approved SASSA applicants are eligible to receive a SASSA MasterCard which helps them with checking account balance and withdrawing grant amount.

As a result, persons with SASSA Card need not visit the SASSA office to get their grant amount.

Moreover, it is possible to get your new SASSA card online or in person by visiting the SASSA office. Continue reading below to find the hassle-free ways to apply for a new SASSA card.

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Eligibility to Get a New SASSA Card

Seemingly, there were not any strict requirements to apply for a SASSA card before 2012.

However, SASSA implemented a list of mandatory requirements after 2012 as many applicants started applying twice for the grant.

Indeed, verifying the biometrics of each applicant has become the primary requirement to get the SASSA card.

Following is the complete list of eligibility criteria to apply for new SASSA Card.

  • The applicant must be 18 years old or older.
  • You must be a citizen, asylum seeker, or special permit holder having permanent residence in South Africa.
  • You should be an active beneficiary of SASSA grants.
  • It is mandatory that you should not be receiving any other government grant.
  • If you are single, then your income should not be above R172,560 per year and if you are married, then your combined income must be below R86,280.
  • A single unmarried person should not have assets worth more than R1,227,600 and a married couple cannot have assets value more than R2,455,400.

Document Requirements For SASSA Card

Here is the list of documents that you will need for applying a new SASSA card.

  • Your South African ID proof, passport, or special permit.
  • Proof of residence.
  • Proof of income.
  • Married persons must submit their marriage certificate.
  • Last three months’ bank statement.
  • An active cell phone number and an email ID if possible.

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How to Apply for New SASSA Card Online?

Of course, applying online is one of the most convenient ways to get your SASSA card. Proceed with the steps below to apply for New SASSA card online.


Firstly, you have to visit the official SASSA Services website.


Either create a new account or proceed with the login process if you are an existing user.


Once you log in to your dashboard, look for the “Apply for New SASSA Card” or Card Services section.


Now, fill out the card request form with your official details as in of your SASSA ID and documents.


Following that, submit the form and wait for the confirmation message. Once you are approved for the SASSA Card, you will receive an official SMS from SASSA.

Indeed, the respective SMS will also include when you can collect the card and the location of the SASSA office.

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How to Apply for New SASSA Card In-Person at Post Office?

People who are not comfortable with the smartphone and PC such as senior citizens will prefer offline mode to get their SASSA card. The following steps will help you to apply for a New SASSA Card in person at the post office.


Firstly, you have to locate your nearest post office and its opening/closing time. Most post offices open at 8:00 A.M and close at 4:00 P.M.


Make sure to pack up all your mandatory documents like your SASSA ID and the ones mentioned above.


Following that, visit the post office and inform the officer that you need to apply for a grant.


Get the respective application form from the officer and fill it out with your personal details. Ensure that enter accurate and up-to-date information. Of course, you can ask the help of the officer to fill out the form.


Indeed, submit your application and get the receipt of proof provided by the office staff. They will inform you of the card’s arrival date and when to collect the card.

Where Can I Use My SASSA Card?

You can use your SASSA card primarily in ATMs to check your balance and withdraw your grant payment.

On the other hand, the SASSA card is accepted in retail stores, supermarkets, shopping places, and restaurants in South Africa. Fortunately, there are no additional charges for paying using the SASSA card.

What Are the Benefits of the SASSA Card?

Here are the benefits that you can avail of by getting a SASSA card.

  • Convenient and Secure Grant Payment Access
  • Free Transaction and Statements
  • Simple Online Payments for Essential Items

Final Note

This is how you can apply for your new SASSA card from the rest of your couch. Indeed, Senior Citizens can also have a hassle-free application process with the assistance of office staff in the post office. Make sure to collect your SASSA card on the allotted date.

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