Police Clearance South Africa

South African Police Clearance Certificate Information

A South African police clearance certificate (PCC) is required for a variety of immigration or emigration applications. The document serves to prove that the applicant is of sound character, and is not deemed to be an undesirable person in terms of the law of the host country.

For South African visa applications where a police clearance certificate is required, the applicant should furnish a certificate from any country he or she has resided in for over 12 months. The process and requirements for applying for a South African police clearance certificate are as follows:

Applying From Within South Africa

Applicants looking to apply for a Police Clearance South Africa from within the county are required to do so from any police station; you will need:

  • A full set of fingerprints (preferably taken at the Police Station)
  • A completed fingerprint form including:
    • Full Name
    • Surname
    • Date of Birth
    • Place of Birth
    • Identity Number
  • Identity Document or Passport
  • R96.00 per application

 Applying  From Outside South Africa

Applicants that would like to apply for their PCC from abroad can do so by visiting their local police station, or the nearest South African embassy. Applications done through a foreign police station will require the following:

  • A full set of fingerprints on the official fingerprint form of the country
  • A completed fingerprint form that is signed by individual who took the prints, and includes the applicant’s:
    • Full Name
    • Surname
    • Date of Birth
    • Place of Birth
    • Identity Number
  • A copy of your Identity Document or Passport
  • R96.00 per application

The police station where the applicant applied will forward the complete application to the Criminal Record Centre. Alternatively the applicant may deliver the completed application in person or mail the application to:

The Head of the South African Criminal Record Centre
(For attention: Police Clearance Certificates)
Private Bag X308
PRETORIA
Gauteng
South Africa
0001

The application may also be delivered by courier to:

The Head of the South African Criminal Record Centre
(For attention: Police Clearance Certificates)
Bothongo Plaza West
CRC Client Service Centre
1st Floor, Room 14
271 Francis Baard Street
PRETORIA

Processing and Collection

A South African police clearance certificate takes approximately four weeks to be processed. On completion, the certificate will be mailed to the applicant by post. Individuals abroad are responsible for their own postage. Applicants can arrange for the certificate to be collected via courier service at their own expense. The SA police clearance certificate is valid for 6 months from issuance.

For assistance with your South African visa application, contact our offices, or visit SAPS for more information on police clearance certificates.

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