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Police Clearance Certificates: Applying for a Police Clearance Certificate

Media Statement: Change in procedure in issuing of Police clearance Certificates to combat identity fraud
- This page will be updated in due course on the change in procedure in issuing of Police Clearance Certificates

Conditions and service description: This service is available to people who require confirmation of their criminal status for emigration purposes or for working abroad. A certificate will be issued stating whether any criminal offences have been recorded against the applicant in the Republic of South Africa. The issuing of a Police Clearance Certificate is the sole responsibility of the SAPS Criminal Record and Crime Scene Management (CR & CSM) in Pretoria.


  • The applicant must provide a full set of his/her fingerprints. The fingerprints will be taken at the nearest police station. The applicant's full name, surname, date of birth, place of birth, identity number (if applicable) and South African mobile number must also be recorded on the fingerprint form. A copy of the applicant's identity document/passport must accompany the application. The applicant must present their identity document at the police station, as proof of identity will be required.
  • Certain countries abroad might require the maiden surname and/or other surnames to appear on the Police Clearance Certificate. Should a maiden surname and/or other surnames be required on a Police Clearance Certificate, mention must be made thereof in the application and documentary proof of the maiden surname and/or other surnames (for example copy of marriage certificate) must be attached to the application.
  • South African citizens living outside the RSA, may apply at any police station in that country or at the South African Embassy. Fingerprints should be taken on the official fingerprint forms of the specific country. The fingerprint form must be signed by the person who took the fingerprints. The application must be accompanied by a completed set of fingerprints, a copy of the applicant’s identity document or passport and if applicable, documentary proof of maiden of other surname.
  • If the applicant provides his/her cell number (currently only South African) on the application for a Police Clearance Certificate, he/she will be provided with a sms indicating that the application was received and the reference number that was allocated to his/her certificate. A follow-up sms will be sent upon completion of the application. By using the reference number provided, the applicant can establish the progress on the status of the application by enquiring on the SAPS’s website.
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  • The police station where the applicant applied, will send the completed application to Criminal Record and Crime Scene Management, Pretoria. Alternatively, the applicant may deliver the completed application in person or by courier to:
  • The Head of the South African Criminal Record and Crime Scene Management
    (For attention: Police Clearance Certificates)
    Private Bag X308
    0001 Pretoria
    South Africa

  • The application may also be delivered by courier to:
  • The Head of the South African Criminal Record and Crime Scene Management
    (For attention: Police Clearance Certificates)
    Bothongo Plaza West
    271 Francis Baard Street
    CRC Client Service Centre
    1st Floor, Room 14

Hours: New applications for Police Clearance Certificates can be handed in and completed certificates collected 24 hours, seven days a week.

Cost: This service is rendered at R114,00 per application, that is payable by bank-guaranteed cheque, a banker’s draft or electronic payment into the South Africa Police Service’s account (ABSA cheque account number 4054522787; branch code 632005; Swift code ABSA ZAJJ) in favour of the National Commissioner of the South African Police Service. In the case of an electronic payment, the initials and surname of the applicant must be indicated as the reference. The letters PCC must be added as reference, which will indicate that the payment is for a Police Clearance Certificate (PCC). An applicant who prefers to make an electronic payment abroad, can approach any bank that can make a telegraphic transfer, and request that the relevant fees be paid into the above bank account. Proof of payment must be sent to this office before the processing of the application will commence.

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 by courier service at their own expense.

Contact information:

Telephone number in South Africa: 012 393 3928
Telephone number internationally: 27 12 393 3928
Fax number in South Africa: 012 393 3909
Fax number internationally: 27 12 393 3909
Email addresses:

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Type: This service is rendered on behalf of the Government to citizens (G2C).

Service standard: The average time to render this service, will be approximately 14 working days from the day that the completed application is received at Criminal Record and Crime Scene Management until the clearance certificate is issued.