Procedure to expunge criminal record

2019-02-20 06:00

THE Mount Road Police would like to make the community aware of the procedure that must be followed when applying for a criminal record to be expunged.

These requests are usually made when a security clearance certificate is required by an applicant.

In terms of the Criminal Procedure Act, a person who has a criminal record older than 10 years and upon whom a fine of not more than R20 000 was imposed and who has not been sentenced to a period of imprisonment, may apply for expungement of such a criminal record.

According to police spokesperson, Captain Sandra Janse van Rensburg, a person will, however, not qualify if they were convicted of a sexual offence against a child or person who is mentally disabled or of an offence where they were found unsuitable to work with children.

“A person will also not qualify if their name is included in the National Register for Sex Offenders, or the National Child Protection Register, but such an individual may qualify if his or her name has been removed from said registers,” Janse van Rensburg added.

Before submitting the prescribed application for expungement of a conviction (Form J744)), a clearance certificate showing that a period of 10 years has lapsed after the conviction and sentence, must first be obtained from the South Africa Police Service and attached to the application.

If a person’s name has been included in either the National Register for Sex Offenders or the National Child Protection Register, confirmation of removal must be obtained from the Registrar or the Director-General of Social Development.

This confirmation or a certified true copy thereof, must be attached to the application.

If the Director-General of Justice and Constitutional Development is satisfied that an application meets with the requirements set out in the Criminal Procedure Act, a certificate of expungement will be issued.

Completed application forms together with attachments must be posted or delivered by hand to the Director-General, Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, to Private Bag X81, Pretoria, 0001.

Enquiries can be emailed to

The nearest police station can also assist with the posting of the necessary documents.

A request for the expungement of criminal records and the necessary clearance certificate can also be done at your nearest police station.


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