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 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
South Africa

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

Contact information: Tel South Africa (012) 393 3928
Tel International: 27 12 393 3928
Fax number South Africa (012) 393 3909
Fax number International 27 12 393 3909

E-mail addresses:

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).

Revision date: Wednesday, 17 October, 2018