New process to get cleared

2018-07-25 06:02

To mitigate identity fraud, the South African Police Service (SAPS) has announced on 12 July that it is introducing a new process to obtain a police clearance certificate (PCC).

The police said this is to improve security mea­sures.

A PPC is a document issued by the SAPS Criminal Record and Crime Scene Management stating whether or not any criminal offence has been recorded against a person, confirming a person’s criminal status.

Following this step, members of the public are no longer expected to deliver their documentation to the Criminal Record Centre (CRC) in Pretoria, as was previously the practice.

It is now the sole responsibility of the SAPS to compile and deliver the form to the CRC on behalf of the applicant.

This service is rendered at R114 per application.

The required tariff is payable in cash at the nearest police station, by bank-guaranteed cheque, banker’s draft or electronic payment in the SAPS account in favour of the National Commissioner.

According to the SAPS, in the case of an electronic payment, the letters “PCC” followed by the initials and surname of the applicant, must be indicated as the reference.

The letters “PCC” will indicate that the payment is for a police clearance certificate.

Proof of payment must be attached to the application form (SAPS 91a), which will be provided to the applicant at his or her nearest police station.

The first step to obtaining a PPC is to visit your nearest police station in South Africa and notify a member of the SAPS that you wish to apply for a PPC.

The applicant will be expected to subject him or herself for a full set of fingerprints for the SAPS 91a form.

The applicant must ensure that he or she is in possession of a copy of his or her South African identity document, or an official passport.

A copy of this will be certified at the police station and attached to the application.

The applicant must provide a statement regarding his or her previous convictions and indemnify the SAPS against any liability which may result from furnishing information in this regard.

Finalised PPCs will be returned to the station of origin and the applicant will be contacted for collection.

Upon collection, the applicant must again present the original identity document or passport as confirmation of identity.

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