南非无犯罪指纹采集说明

 

南非无犯罪指纹采集说明(标记)

Please note that when an applicant was identified as “Wanted” by the South African Police Service, a Police Clearance Certificate will not be issued. 

 

How to apply for a PCC
All applications for police clearance certificates start with the basic step of having your fingerprints taken. Most people think you can only do fingerprints at the nearest police station. But, you can actually have your fingerprints taken anywhere as long as there is a lawyer, notary, or commissioner of oaths present to sign and stamp the fingerprint form, verifying that the prints are authentic.
The fingerprints must be verifiably those of the applicant and must be submitted in original ink. This ensures they are easy to scan and save as images at the Criminal Records Center (CRC). Digital fingerprint forms and files are not accepted in South Africa. Click on the above image to see the full Police Clearance application form.

 

Official police clearance certificates issued by the CRC contain full details of any convictions that a person may have against their name. This certificate can only be issued if the applicant completes an application form and has their fingerprints taken in ink.
A stamp and signature must verify the applicant’s fingerprints. Did you know that it is not mandatory to have your fingerprints taken at a consulate or mission abroad? If you are applying for an SA police clearance from abroad, you can really use anyone to confirm your fingerprints. Any person can authenticate your fingerprints as long as they have a stamp and valid signature. Even a school principal can authenticate your fingerprints.

 

Usually when you apply in South Africa, a police officer or SAPS employee will assist you in taking your fingerprints. However, you can actually have your fingerprints taken anywhere and your form stamped by any lawyer, commissioner of oaths, and sometimes even a company representative.

 

What is the timeframe to obtain a SAPS Police Clearance?
There is an abundance of information online that tells you that you can do the application on your own, but applying in person may see your clearance certificate take up to 2-3 months (if in SA) and 3-6 months (if abroad) to get processed. According to the Criminal Records Centre (CRC), their processing times vary from the day on which the application was submitted, which is very confusing.

 

Since the certificates are typed out by hand, more often than one can imagine, a mistake is entered, printed and even signed off. These police clearance certificate mistakes can be simply typing MR or MS incorrectly according to the person’s gender, or misspelling a name, surname or maiden name. In such a case, had one applied individually, one would have to restart the entire application. However, with Apostil, we can have a corrected reprint done within a few days of the error being issued and collected.
Please note that only one maiden name and one surname can be included on police clearance certificates.

 

Apostil.co.za can assist you in getting your South African Police Clearance (PCC) in between 5 and 30 working days of applying (excluding courier time). We can also have it apostilled quickly.

 

Let’s take police clearance certificates as an example. We see mistakes on about 1 in every 20 police clearance certificates issued by the CRC. Although the errors on the certificates are minor (Mr. instead of Mrs., errors in place of birth details, etc.),  the certificates must be reprinted if they contain errors.
According to all logic, it should take just a day or two for a reprint to be issued. But the reality is that it takes much longer. Whenever Apostil.co.za requests reprints on behalf of a client, there is at least a three-week timeline to work with. This ensures there is enough time to cover unforeseen delays at the government department/s.