South African Police Clearance Applications

South African Police Clearance Applications

Simply Immigrate can assist applicants to apply for and collect their SAPS clearance certificate.

We assist applicants locally and worldwide by submitting their SAPS 91(a) finger print form directly to the Central SAPS Office in Pretoria and collecting the issued certificate. The SAPS 91(a) can be couriered to our office and we will courier the original SAPS clearance back to you.

All South African police clearance certificates are processed and issued out of the Central SAPS Office in Pretoria, Gauteng and remain valid for a period of 6 months. Certificates less than 7 months old can be reprinted with a new date and remain valid for a further 6 months.

You can apply for your SA police clearance at your nearest SAPS branch or South African Embassy by taking your original passport or ID book and paying the application fee. In South Africa the fee is ZAR 96.00. The application will then be couriered by the SAPS branch of submission or Embassy to the Central SAPS office for processing. Once finalised the original certificate is couriered back to the SAPS branch of submission or Embassy for collection.

Delays occur when the SAPS branch of submission or Embassy courier the documentation. There are often delays in sending the documentation to and from Pretoria and this can add weeks or months to the finalisation of the certificate.

We charge the following to assist with police clearance applications:

  • R 3,000 to submit the finger print form and collect the certificate once issued
  • R 200 to courier back to a South African address
  • R 600 to courier back to an international address

If you have any queries call, email or complete the free assessment form and we will get back to you within 24 hours.

Click here to download the SAPS 91(a) application form

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Dear Client,

South Africa under a Presidential ordered “lockdown”, which has been defined into different levels. South Africa is currently under level 4 lockdown since 1 May from a level 5 lockdown in force during mid-February and April.

You may view the latest Directive published on 29 April 2020, most notably Annexure D on page 35 headed “Essential Services” pertaining to Level 4 lockdown -

We have the following updates on the services we offer:-

DIRCO – CLOSED until further notice, no communication received.


Courts – PARTIALLY OPENED - with skeleton staff working on a rotational basis for Apostilles, not authentications.

SAQA – CLOSED until further notice, no communication received.

The SAPS police clearance department – OPEN - with skeleton staff working on a rotational basis.


VFS – CLOSED the latest information received: VFS will open under level 2 lockdown and start with collections only (dates unconfirmed). VFS will then open for new applications at a later unconfirmed date.

The Department of Home Affairs have advised, by published Directive, that foreign nationals will not be penalised on their visa conditions as long as the expiry of the visa is a result of the lockdown. All COVID affected visas are deemed to be valid if expired during lockdown. More information on the DHA website (please note that the info has not been updated and may not apply under level 4 lockdown):

The Department of Home AffairsImmigration matters – PARTIALLY OPENED but they are clearing backlogs of visa and permanent residence applications. No new applications in RSA or at the Embassy. Visa exempted countries have been suspended, foreign nationals must travel with a newly authorised visa and may be subject to forced quarantine for 14 days on arrival. (Some Embassies are accepting  visitors visa applications for urgent matters, i.e. death in the family. The application must contain a detailed motivation to consider the visa application).  

The Department of Home AffairsCivic Affairs – PARTIALLY OPENED only processing certain new applications like birth/death certificates relating to the last few months & COVID. Rotational staff are also clearing backlogs of existing applications. Reissuing of certificates is closed until further notice.

SA EMBASSIES – Some are open, some closed; with no consistency or notice of opening/closing. The Embassies are acting autonomously. We advise that you contact your nearest Embassy should you need any Embassy services.

FOREIGN EMBASSIES IN SA – Majority are closed, most notably the Chinese Embassy in SA is closed which will affect TEFL applications for teaching in China which require the Embassy Stamp on the documentation.

SENDING/RECEIVING DOCUMENTS – documents can only be sent to us by courier and we can only return documents by courier door to door (we use DHL). For new and upcoming applications we advise that you send the documents to us in the interim so when Departments open we can submit immediately. Currently we cannot meet face to face, but happy to discuss by telephone call, skype, whatsapp call or video conference.

Please feel free to call or email us with regards to the services and support we can provide for you during the lockdown period. Our Sandton office premises remains closed, but we are still open and fully operational with staff working remotely respecting and adhering to Government directives.

Please note that all of the above is subject to change without notice. We will post updates as and when we receive clarification.

Keep safe and Godspeed during these difficult times.