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Introduction 

The Police Clearance Certificate or Clearance Certificate confirms whether you have a criminal record or not. It is a document that is issued by the Criminal Records Centre, South African Police Service (SAPS) in Pretoria, certifying that you have never taken part in any criminal activity that led to the involvement of the South African Police. It is also required when you apply for immigration, study, or work in other countries.

While applying for a police clearance certificate from South Africa, you are required to state the period of your stay in South Africa, provide documentary proof of stay, the first entry and last exit date stamp, along with all pages of the visa (color copy). It is issued to anyone who spends more than six months in South Africa.


How to Get a Police Clearance Certificate from South Africa?

You need to provide a completed application form with a full set of fingerprints of both of your hands obtained at our organization on South African Police fingerprint form SAPS 91(a), certified by our organization.

The completed application form and other supporting documents are directly forwarded to the South African Police Service (Criminal Records Centre) in Pretoria. The SAPS (Criminal Records Centre) takes 3–4 weeks to process the application if no criminal record is found, and after that, they send the certified criminal record check (hard copy) via regular mail.


Application Process for South African Police Clearance Certificate

To obtain a police clearance certificate from South Africa, follow these steps:

  • Contact our executive and schedule an appointment.
  • Visit our Delhi head office or the respective state branch office during working hours.
  • Bring the mentioned valid documents.
  • Complete the application form provided at the office.
  • Give your fingerprint impressions on a fingerprint card.
  • Pay the applicable fees using the available payment methods.
  • Submit the completed form and required documents to the designated officer.
  • Collect the acknowledgment receipt with the specified date for certificate collection.
  • Return on the assigned date to collect your police clearance certificate or get it delivered at your doorstep.


Documents Required for Clearance Certificate South Africa 

  • The completed application form (personal particulars).
  • A full set of fingerprint impressions on SAPS 91(a).
  • Four recent passport-size photographs (without spectacles and cap).
  • Self-attested, colored, scanned, or photocopied copies of your passports (current and old) and other identity documents.
  • Documentary proof of the last residential address in South Africa.
  • Copy of your residence permit, work permit, appointment letter, or dependent pass. 
  • Immigration Authority letter stating the purpose for the police clearance certificate.


Processing Time for South Africa Police Clearance

We will give the original certificate in 40 working days to the address mentioned. The processing time will increase if you are ever charged by the police. For security and privacy reasons, this process is confidential, and you will not be able to inquire about the progress of your application with the South African Police Service.


Processing Fees for PCC from South Africa

To learn about the applicable processing fees, you can contact our executive. We accept payment through the following modes: account transfer, UPI, and cash. Also, once the processing of your PCC begins, the fee paid is non-refundable.


Police Clearance Certificate Status Check South Africa

The standard processing time for applications with no criminal record at the Criminal Records Centre of the South African Police Service (SAPS) is approximately 3 to 4 weeks. If there are charges against you, this duration will be extended. With our services, we prioritize expediting your PCC and provide regular updates on your application's progress.


South African PCC Authentication and Usage

Once you receive the certificate, properly check all the necessary details and ensure that it is duly signed and stamped by the issuing authority to avoid last-minute chaos. Also, make photocopies of your original PCC for record purposes before submitting.


Police Certificate Issuing Authority

The Head of the South African Criminal Record Centre, South Africa


Embassy of South Africa in New Delhi, India

B-18, Vasant Marg, Vasant Vihar

New Delhi, DELHI-110057


South African Police Clearance Validity


Certificate Validity Period

A South African police clearance certificate is valid until your subsequent visit to the country, starting from its issuance date. Additional validity details will be provided on the certificate for clarity.


Renewing a Police Clearance Certificate

You need to get a fresh certificate to showcase your current criminal record and background check history accurately. Even with an existing police clearance, you must undergo the entire process for each new application. Renewal conditions may vary with time, and hence you must seek an expert consultation to learn about the latest procedures.


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FAQs

Q. What is a police clearance certificate in South Africa?

A. A police clearance certificate in South Africa is an official document issued by the South African Police Service (SAPS). It verifies your criminal record status. PCC is required for employment, immigration, study, and other official purposes both domestically and internationally.


Q. Can you renew a police clearance in South Africa?

A. In South Africa, a police clearance cannot be renewed. For a new PCC, you are required to submit a new application to the South African Police Service (SAPS) and undergo the standard process for obtaining a fresh clearance certificate.


Q. Can I check my criminal record online in South Africa?

A. Yes, you can check and verify your criminal record online through the South African Police Service (SAPS) website and provide required personal information, including fingerprints.


Q. How long is a South African police clearance valid for?

A. The validity period for a South African PCC is generally considered to be six months from the date of issue. However, some organizations or countries may require a PCC issued within a shorter timeframe, such as three months, so it is advisable to check for specific requirements.

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