IMPORTANT NOTICE: We are experiencing delays due to Covid 19. We are working with departments that we have no control over and cannot be held responsible if it exceeds the quoted timeframe.
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Police Clearance Certificate - South Africa


Certificates RSA will get your police clearance certificate faster and easier than it will take you to do it on your own.

Continue reading for more information about how the process works. If you still have questions please contact us.

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A police certificate is an official document issued as a result of a background check done on an individual person to enumerate any criminal records he or she may have.

The SAPS Criminal Record Centre in Pretoria issues police clearance certificates.

The most common reasons for needing to apply for a police clearance certificate are when you are applying for a job or for immigration purposes.

It usually takes anywhere from 6 to 9 months - or you can get us to get it faster for you.


How to apply

After completing your online order, please email the following documents to

  • Certified copy of ID or passport
  • Set of fingerprints obtained from your local police station (example of SAPS-91a form)
  • Customers outside of RSA can also be assisted by submitting their applications via courier and doing their fingerprints at their local police station or embassy
  • SAPS Payment receipt of R160.00 (done at police station when you do your fingerprints) if they do not take this payment, we can do an EFT to SAPS for the R160.00 on your behalf and a separate invoice will be issued.
  • Signed Indemnity (download here)

Police clearances will be issued in the name on the ID/passport provided as well as the application form. For ladies who require their maiden surnames reflected on the Police clearance, please make sure that it is filled in on the application form on which the fingerprints are done. If it's not on the form, it will not be inserted on the police clearance certificate. Send us a copy of your marriage with the application form and make a note on the top of the application for us.

Lead time

Lead times will depend on your chosen option:

  • Option 1: 20 - 25 working days from the day it is submitted
  • Option 2: 15 - 20 working days from the day it is submitted
  • Option 3: 10 -15 working days from the day it is submitted

If you do have a record, we cannot guarantee the above times as it will take longer to obtain your certificate. Our timelines are an indication and we do everything possible to get it out within this period. We cannot be held responsible for any delays, that are out of our control

Disclaimer: Certificates RSA does in no way guarantee lead times in any way and does not accept responsibility for any loss due to delays in issue of certificates and/or certificates issued with faulty information.

Additional costs

Courier: Once the certificate/s are ready they will be sent to you via courier. Courier fees are not included and a separate invoice will be issued to cover these costs.

  • Courier fee (South Africa / main area) – R280.00
  • Courier fee (South Africa / outlying area) – R500.00
  • Courier fee (abroad) – R900.00


The departments we work with may be experiencing high application volumes and backlogs due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Certificates RSA has no control over these departments and cannot accept responsibility for exceeding the quoted timeframe.