If studying, working overseas or immigrating, or for that matter, applying for employment locally is in the pipeline for you, you’ll know that you need a Police Clearance Certificate (PCC), either to apply for a visa or if required, for a job opportunity, which leads to the question; what is required for Police Clearance Certificate?

Well, patience for starters! And that’s a fact. If anyone promises you that they’ll get you a PCC within anything less than plus/minus 15 working days, don’t you believe it!

Even the South African Police Services (SAPS) Website information page starts as follows:

“Criminal Record and Crime Scene Management (CR & CSM) is currently experiencing a backlog with the issuing of Police Clearance Certificates (PCC) which has extended the waiting period for finalization. The South African Police Service is working tirelessly to address the backlog.”

This website states that it has been updated on the 23rd of February 2023 when you click the link for an online query regarding the status of your application, if you’re taking the long and winding road to it.

If the fact that in May 2022 there were still upwards of 85 000 police clearance certificates that had yet to be processed, you can rest assured that the never-ending round of load shedding in South Africa, has created even more trouble for the Criminal Record Centre and their hard-pressed staff!

There’s no beating around the bush here, these are the facts, however, there is a way of obtaining a police clearance certificate that at the very least, will take all the frustration out of the process, which you’ll otherwise definitely experience if you go it alone.

What is required for police clearance certificate?

What is required for a police clearance certificate is really quite simple, it’s the process that requires a painstaking process of getting your application onto the SAPS system, checking and cross checking your fingerprints and other data to check for a criminal record, printing and signing off of the PCC by an authorized SAPS official.

Here is all you really need to get going with your application, if you do it on your own, straight from the horse’s mouth, so to speak;

  • You have to have your fingerprints taken by SAPS at a local police station in ink, even though they’ll be converted to electronic form once they reach the CRC & CSM. If you live outside of South Africa, you’ll have to have fingerprints taken at any police station in the country you’re living in or at the South African Embassy.
  • Next up, you’ll need to very carefully complete the SAPS Police Clearance Certificate Application form. This is where many a PCC application is returned without approval, due to small mistakes on the form, which is why it’s important to take great care to fill it in extremely carefully, or it’s back to the start again!
  • You’ll need to take a copy of your ID or passport to the police station to have it certified, and you’ll need to have either the ID or passport with you as proof of identity.
  • If you want your maiden and married surname to reflect on the PCC, you need to make note of it on the application form and provide a certified copy of your marriage certificate, which will be attached to your application.

Or…choose Doc Assist Police Clearance Services & make applying for a PCC frustration-free!

As a South African based document procurement services provider, Doc Assist has a team of professionals standing by to take all the frustration out of the process of applying for a police clearance certificate in South Africa, as well as for clients living overseas.

Contact Doc Assist today for a quotation, or to find out more about their Police Clearance Services. You’ll find that taking this route makes it well worth a little of your time to explore what these professionals have to offer with this streamlined service!


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