Police clearance certificate

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The fastest way to obtain a Police Clearance Certificate

Find out the process of applying for a police clearance (SAPS365) and how Apostil can help you get yours in as little as 7 days.

Police clearance certificate

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If you have ever applied for a police clearance certificate (also known as a SAPS365), you are probably aware of just how long the process can take. And in most scenarios, South Africans only apply for these certificates when they need them for official purposes like visa applications, which are time-sensitive. In this post, we take a look at the process and also the fastest way to obtain a police clearance!

How to apply for a Police Clearance Certificate from SAPS

Any person can apply for a South African police clearance certificate (also sometimes referred to as a PCC). Many also refer to the certificate as a SAPS365, which is another name for a Police Clearance Certificate. Police clearance certificates can be issued to anyone that visited South Africa, not just South African citizens.

When you apply for your police clearance, your credentials are checked against the Criminal Records Database at the Criminal Records Centre (CRC) in Pretoria. The CRC is the only issuing authority of PCCs for South Africa. The personnel at the CRC then compare your details and fingerprints with their records to establish if you have a criminal record or not.  

If you need a police clearance certificate, the first thing you must do is complete an application form. After this, you must have a full set of ink fingerprints taken to submit along with your application to the CRC. You can have your fingerprints taken anywhere as long as there is a commissioner of oaths present to stamp and sign your fingerprint form for authenticity purposes.

Naturally, most people opt to have their fingerprints taken at their local police station. Regardless of where your fingerprints are taken, it is important to remember that only ink fingerprints are accepted by the CRC. No digital fingerprints will be accepted.

The fastest route for getting a police clearance

Apostil.co.za specialises in helping their clients obtain expedited police clearance certificates. The document assistance service provider is registered as a courier with the CRC, enabling them to deal directly with SAPS, effectively cutting out other intermediaries. They apply for and collect the documents of their clients directly from the source, offering their clients the fastest ways to obtain a police clearance certificate.

The processing time may be up to three months if you apply for your clearance certificate on your own from within South Africa. PCC applications can take anywhere between three and six months if you apply from abroad, working through an embassy or consulate.

When you apply through Apostil.co.za’s expedited application process, it takes anywhere between 5 and 7 working days to obtain your PCC. In some cases, the timeframe can be reduced even more to merely three working days. This is what they call an extreme urgent police clearance.

Where to apply to get your police clearance as soon as possible

You can get an expedited Police Clearance Certificate from SAPS in as little as 7 days if you apply through Apostil.co.za. Anyone that wants to apply for a South African Police Clearance Certificate must submit the following:

  • A complete set of ink fingerprints submitted on the SAPS 91(a) Form
  • A completed expedited SAPS Police Clearance Certificate Application Form
  • Clear copies of their South African ID or Passport
  • Clear copies of their marriage certificate if they are married
  • Written confirmation of why you need the process to be expedited

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