How to request a police clearance certificate for emigration purposes from SAPS in South Africa

To request a police clearance certificate for emigration purposes from the South African Police Service (SAPS), you can follow these steps:

  1. Complete the application form: Obtain the SAPS Application for Police Clearance Certificate (also known as SAPS 91(a)) form. You can download it from the SAPS website or visit your nearest police station to collect a physical copy. Fill out the form with accurate and complete information.
  2. Get your fingerprints taken: Visit your nearest police station or an accredited fingerprint site to have your fingerprints taken. Ensure that you bring your identification document (such as your ID card or passport) for verification purposes. The police station or fingerprint site will provide you with the necessary fingerprint form (SAPS 91(a)).
  3. Submit your application: Submit the completed SAPS 91(a) form, along with the fingerprint form, at your nearest police station. It is recommended to make copies of all the documents before submitting them.
  4. Pay the required fee: Inquire about the applicable fee for the police clearance certificate. The fee may vary depending on the purpose of your request and the processing time. Pay the fee at the designated payment point, which is usually located within the police station.
  5. Provide additional documents: Some police stations may require additional documents, such as a copy of your passport or identification document, proof of residence, and a copy of your emigration visa or travel documents. It is best to check with the police station beforehand to ensure you have all the necessary documents.
  6. Collect the certificate: After the processing period, usually several weeks, return to the police station to collect your police clearance certificate. Make sure to bring your receipt or any other proof of payment as well as your identification document for verification.