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The issuing of police clearance certificates (PCC) can only be done by Criminal Record and Crime Scene Management in Pretoria. In addition to completing the application form (which you can find here), you must also provide these documents:
If you do not live near Pretoria, you can ask the police station nearest to you to forward the applications to CR & CSM in Pretoria or use the service of a postal or courier service (but this will be at your own cost).
You can monitor the progress of your application via the SAPS website or, if you are still living in South Africa and you provided your cell number on the application, you will be sent an SMS acknowledging receipt of the application and the reference number allocated to your certificate. You will get a follow-up SMS when the application is complete. If you want to check on the status of the application while it's being processed, you can use the SAPS’ website here.
Certificates must be collected within 3 months of being finalised or they will be destroyed.
The department has indicated that they currently have a backlog with the issuing of Police Clearance Certificates (PCC), which means the wait times will be longer.
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*This is only basic legal advice and cannot be relied on solely. The information is correct at the time of being sent to publishing.
Date added: 29 April 2022
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