Central Application Office application process 2023

 CAO Application 2023  is open | Check CAO  Login Status, Courses, CAO Handbook, and related information.

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 Central Applications Office (CAO) Application are open, The CAO Handbook, How to check application Status, List of courses? They are All listed below in this Article.


Before you apply, please take note of the following Instructions:

When You’re Applying For CAO Application 2023:

  • At the time of application, you may be presented with the option to pay the administration fee online, and you may also upload your supporting documents, eg. ID, school results, etc. you may choose not to pay the administration fee online
  • You can choose to pay the administration fee via EasyPay
  • After application, the application and administration fee receipt is immediately available to the institution/s to which you have applied
  • Within 24 hours. You will receive your Acknowledgement Letter.
  • Your application is available to the institution/s to which you have applied as soon as confirmation of your payment is received, which is the day after you have paid the administration fee at the EasyPay outlet.

CAO Application Process


You can apply via three methods namely, through their website, through the mobile application, and through application Form. Don’t worry we will talk about all of them here.


  • Go to our website:  www.cao.ac.za  and click on the ‘Apply’ button
  • Read the information and click on ‘Continue with Application’
  • Enter your ID number or passport number and click on ‘Submit’
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on ‘Continue with Application’
  • Start to enter ALL the details requested. Once you have entered all the requested information, click on ‘Next’
  •  Click on ‘Continue with Online Application’
  • A pop-up window will appear with your CAO number, password, and EasyPay number. Read the instructions.

This information is important in case you want to access your information at later.

  • Click on ‘Continue with Online Application’.
  •  Follow the instructions and complete ALL the information requested, then click ‘Next’.
  • Complete the ‘Next of Kin’ details and click ‘Next’.
  • Insert the school name and click on ‘Search’. The school name will appear in a box and you must enter the year you attended that school and the year you finished attending that school.
  • Click ‘Next’.
  • When you reach ‘Process My Application’, click on the button.
  • The message on your screen will display that your submission has been successful.
  • You can now pay online and/or upload your supporting documents.
  • Pay via EasyPay. See page 24 on ‘Ways to Pay the Administration Fee’.


You first have to download the mobile app. The app can be downloaded through the Central Applications Office website or App Stores, which is available for Android or Apple devices.

To download via the CAO website The app is available on the following stores :

  • Open a browser on your device and go to the Central Applications Office website www.cao.ac.za
  • Look for the icon for your device and click on it to take you to the store where you can install it.

To download the App via the App Stores The app is available in the following stores :

  • Go to your store and search for ‘Central Applications Office’.
  • Install the app with the following icon.
  •  Even when applying via the app you will have to upload your supporting documents online at our website www.cao.ac.za


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Handbooks and Application Forms are sent to your school. Find out from your principal and LO teacher. This application material should have reached your school by the end of April.

They are also available from the four universities in KZN and from the DBE District Offices.

You can also find them in some Libraries that also have the Handbooks and Application Forms.

You may also request an application form by :

  • Contacting the CAO Call Centre at 031 268 4444 or 086 086 0226
  • Sending an email to formrequestcao [AT] cao.ac.za OR
  • Visiting the CAO office at Gate 11, Mary Thiphe Street, Cato Manor

5 Send completed hard-copy Application Forms to us by :

  • Emailing it to formsreceivedcao [AT] cao.ac.za
  • Posting it to Private Bag X06, Dalbridge, 4014
  • Hand delivering it to CAO, Gate 11, Mary Thiphe Street (previously Cato Manor Road), Durban. (Office Hours: 08:00-16:30 Monday to Friday).


If you apply by completing a hard-copy Application Form, it will take at least two to three weeks to process your application after your completed application form and administration fee are received. Only then will the institutions to which you have applied for will have access to it. Also, CAO does not have control over how long the Post Office takes to deliver your completed Application Form to them. Endeavor to apply on time.

Applications for 2023 entry open on 1 April 2022! Don’t delay – apply as soon as possible after 1 April. Applying soon will give you a better chance of being considered.



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