Police Clearance Certificate

Expedited Police Clearance Certificates

An important document for those looking to move to South Africa, emigrate abroad or even looking for work.

Police Clearance Certificate

A Police Clearance Certificate is the certificate issued by the Criminal Record Centre of the South African Services which is a record of your convictions.

This official document is used to verify your current criminal status for immigration purposes or for working abroad, as it serves to prove the applicant is of sound character and is not deemed to be an undesirable person in terms of the law of the host country.

At One Visa World we are able to assist you with the expedited service of facilitating PCC/ Police Clearance Certificates. Whether you are in South Africa or living abroad, we will be able to assist you. Within 7 working days your PCC will be completed.

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    When do you need a Police Clearance Certificate?

    There is no hard and fast rule for when you need a PCC.  In most cases you will need it when you:

    • Want to Emigrate.
    • Seeking permanent foreign residency.
    • Want a work foreign permit.
    • Certain Visa applications.
    • Certain types of occupations and studying abroad.
    • All foreign employers will require this document as sign of trustworthiness.

    How long does it take to obtain a Police Clearance Certificate?

    Within 5 to 7 working days.  If you have any prior convictions or criminal background, it can take 30 working days and longer.

    • We collect, deliver and expedite Police Clearance certificates.
    • Progress report on request, with unlimited feedback
    • Can be done sooner at an added cost

    How can we help you?

    We assist by making the application, on your behalf.

    Once the application is finalized and the PPC issued, we collect the Police Clearance Certificate and courier it directly to you. We facilitate in having the clearances processed in an expedited time frame.

    We will require you to send us:

    • A full set of fingerprints
    • A completed fingerprint form including:
      • Full Name
      • Surname
      • Date of Birth
      • Place of Birth
      • Identity Number
    • A good quality copy of your ID or passport.

    Please be aware: Due to regular changes in SAPS PCC requirements we recommend that you email or call our consultants who will provide you with all the necessary up to date information and document requirements.

    How does it work?

    South African police clearances certificates are processed only at the Criminal Record Centre in Pretoria.

    In order to obtain a South African Police Clearance Certificate, there are certain process to be followed and documents that will need to be provided; which include your fingerprints, completed application form and copy of your ID or Passport.

    Once we handed in the application at the South African police services on your behalf, the applicants prints and identity number is loaded on the system.

    The South African Police service then uses your finger prints and ID number to determine whether you have a criminal record. Should there be no record listed against your name, the Police Clearance Certificate will be issued, stating that no convictions have been recorded for any crime on the Applicants name in South Africa.

    Download the following forms from our website:

    • Client form
    • Application for Police Clearance (One for each applicant)
    • Fingerprint Form SAPS when necessary


    A Police Clearance Certificate or PPC is a certificate issued by SAPS confirming your criminal status i.e. if you had any criminal convictions, or lack thereof.

    Any offence you were charged with and found guilty irrespective of the charge. It can even be for a minor offence like drunk and disorderly. This also includes admissions of guilt for example reckless driving.

    Minor traffic offences and bad debt.

    When a person is endorsed as wanted a clearance certificate will not be issued until the wanted status is removed from a person’s name.

    South African police clearances certificates are processed only at South African Police Services in Pretoria. Application can no longer be done directly at the Criminal Record Centre in Pretoria, only by handing in the application at your local Police Station.

    A set of fingerprints on SAPS Form 91(a), a copy of ID or passport and proof of payment. The following information must be recorded on the fingerprints, name, surname, date of birth and Identity number.

    In South Africa the fingerprint fee in cash, your ID or passport and something to clean your hands with after your prints has been taken.

    The certificate can be legalised for use outside of South Africa.

    It is valid for 6 months.

    No, re-prints can no longer be obtained.

    Yes, we do offer a local and international courier service to you once your application has been completed at an added fee.

    No, every new application will require a fresh set of finger prints.

    Yes, if certain criteria are met the criminal offence can be expunged or removed.

    Clients are usually required to have a PCC when applying for residency in foreign countries and when employers request it

    You will need:

    • Original finger prints
    • Completed application form
    • Copy of I.D or Passport (and residence permit for foreign nationals)

    Clients outside of South Africa need to do their finger prints at an SA embassy or their nearest police station and have it couriered with a copy of their ID or passport

    PCC’S will take approximately 8-10 working days. Only in rare occasions will this process take longer

    Yes, they can. this however will be determined by the requirements of specific embassies

    Applicants who want records to be expunged or removed have to be reviewed in order to ascertain whether or not the service can be rendered

    PCC’s are issued in English

    Payment methods include; creadit and debit cards, cash, eft, payment link or direct deposit.