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Police Clearance

Applications for police clearance should be forwarded directly to the South African Police Service (SAPS) in Pretoria, not to the South African Consulate General, and will be finalized within six to eight weeks from the date the application was received.

The application form or letter has to be accompanied by a full set of fingerprints obtainable from the applicant's closest police station and a fee of R59.00 either in banker's draft or money order form made payable to the South African Police Service.

The application can be sent to Inspector Erasmus or Sgt. Bunk via any courier at the:

Criminal Record Center
South African Police Service
1st Floor, Sanlam Plaza West
271 Schoeman Street
Pretoria, South Africa 0001
Tel: 011 (12) 393-3712 to 15
Fax: 011 (12) 393-3718 or 19

It is important to include a self-addressed, stamped envelope or prepaid courier indicating where the police clearance will be sent.

The SAPS has advised that although a completed application form for a police clearance certificate is preferable, it is not necessary for such document to be completed. If an application form is not available, the applicant must provide the following details in a letter:

  1. Surname
  2. Maiden name
    (if applicable, specify in which surname the certficate has to be issued)
  3. Given names
  4. Date of birth
  5. Place of birth
  6. South African ID number (if applicable)
  7. Last residential address in South Africa
  8. Last South African business'/employers' address
  9. Telephone number of the business/employer mentioned
  10. Date
  11. Signature
  12. Mailing address in the country of application
  13. Zip/postal code
  14. Telephone number

Once the certificate has been issued, the Criminal Record Center will courier the certificate to the applicant (prepaid parcel).