How to get a police certificate - South Africa

If you need to give your fingerprints for a police certificate, this isn’t the same as giving your biometrics (fingerprints and photo) for an application.

Do I need to provide a police certificate with my application for permanent residence? Yes

How to get a police certificate:

Name of document(s) to get: Clearance Certificate

If you are a citizen of South Africa:

If you live in South Africa:

You should apply in person at your local South African Police Service office. You should provide a bank draft with a completed fingerprint chart bearing the official signature and the stamp of local police to:

South African Police Service
Criminal Investigation Department
Private Bag X308
Pretoria 0001
South Africa

If you live outside of South Africa:

You can apply at the South African Embassy or by mail to the South African Police Service office (see information and documents you need for complete address).

If you are not a citizen of South Africa:

If you live in South Africa:

You should apply in person at your local South African Police Service office. You should provide a bank draft with a completed fingerprint chart bearing the official signature and the stamp of local police to:

South African Police Service
Criminal Investigation Department
Private Bag X308
Pretoria 0001
South Africa

If you live outside of South Africa:

You can apply at the South African Embassy or by mail to the South African Police Service office (see information and documents you need for complete address).

Information and documents you need

  • Fingerprints taken by a recognized police authority that also show:
    • the name and address of the police agency
    • the signature of the official taking the fingerprints
    • applicant's full name, last name, date of birth, place of birth and identity number (if available)
  • Certified/notarized copy of your identification document or passport
  • A cover letter that confirms your request for a police certificate and explaining the reason for the request (i.e. immigration purposes) is recommended
  • Applicable fees

Detailed and up-to-date instructions are available at the South African Police Service

Mailing address for applications:

The Head of the South African Criminal Record Centre
(For attention: Police Clearance Certificates)
Private Bag X308
0001 PRETORIA
South Africa

Email: crc-nameclear@saps.gov.za

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

Certificates from IDECO are NOT valid for immigration purposes and applicants should always request the standard RSA police clearance.

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