VAAL TRIANGLE - Vaal Triangle residents can now beat the long queues at their local Home Affairs office as the Department of Home Affairs has launched the pilot of its eHomeAffairs system. eHomeAffairs is here to help make the change over from the green barcoded identification document books to the Smartcard ID a lot easier.Home Affairs first announced what it referred to as its e-Channel portal in 2015, and trialled the system with banks. It enables citizens to submit applications for their Smart ID and passport, upload supporting documents, pay their application fees, and schedule branch visits. After the application is submitted, a visit to a Home Affairs or supported bank branch is needed to submit fingerprints and have the ID photograph taken. The department will then send an SMS when the smart ID or passport is ready for collection.