Police Clearance Certificate Apostille - Pretoria


Police clearance certificate in South Africa  refer to the official documentation of a person’s criminal history, including information on arrests, charges, convictions, and sentences. This information is maintained and issued  by the Criminal Record and Crime Scene Management (CR & CSM) of the South African Police Service (SAPS) located in Pretoria. Police clearance certificates serve as a means of tracking a person’s criminal history, and may be used for various purposes, including background checks for employment, immigration, and security purposes. There has been a significant increase in the number of Police clearance certificate that require an apostille over recent years. As more South African citizens relocate abroad or look for employment in overseas countries there has been a greater requirement for the apostille to be used on background checks.

Regardless of the reason, obtaining a Police clearance certificate in South Africa  is an important step in understanding one’s criminal history and ensuring that the information contained in the record is accurate and complete.

Organisations, companies, schools and other bodies outside South Africa will often request the apostille for Police clearance certificates as part of their vetting criteria. If you do not have an apostille on a recently produced Police clearance certificate then the document may not be accepted.

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Apostille Document Requirements

In South Africa, apostille certificate can be affixed on  original document or on a notarised copy. Therefore, the document must be presented in good condition, with all stamps and signatures clear and readable. Additionally, the documents must be free of alien markings or labels.

Certain documents, such as police clearance certificates must be recent for obvious reasons. This may also apply to marriage certificates and other documents representing a current status of the people represented in the certificate.

8 Frequently Asked Questions About Apostille In South Africa

Gathering the proper paperwork to get  an apostille in South Africa can be confusing. We understand that working with the government and the all necessary paperwork can feel overwhelming. But don’t worry; we are here to answer your questions regarding the apostille process. We are asked a lot of questions and wanted to share some with you

The Apostille  certificate is an official government issued certificate attached to public documents so these documents can be valid for use internationally. The Apostille was introduced as an alternative to the old and long legalization process through The Hague Convention of October 5, 1961.

It is an intergovernmental convention which set about establishing a simplified system to allow documentation originating in one member country to be easily recognized as authentic in another member country. The norms were established at The Hague Convention of 6 October 1961.

As a general rule of thumb, apostille certificates are necessary when a document from one country has to be used in another country’s legal proceedings. For example, you may be a citizen of South Africa who is seeking residency in a European country like France. In order to get the residency status you want, you may need an apostilled version of your South African birth certificate to prove your identity.

Any country that is a member of the Hague Convention will accept an apostille certificate from South Africa without further legalisation.

In South Africa, Apostilles certificates  are provided by the South African High Courts and the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) located in Pretoria.

If you apply for our standard service we can legalise your document in 2-4 working days. We also offer a same day- Express apostille service. Read about it here

  • High Court Apostille : R 650.00 per document
  • Translation + Apostille: R 850.00 per document

In most cases, yes. Depending on the document, you may need an original sent to us or there are times we can work with a copy. But it is usually not a problem to receive your apostille on a South African document, no matter where in the world you are located.

Global-Apostille offer fast, efficient and seamless service to meet your expectation. Client confidentiality as paramount and endeavour to provide a first class service to our clients. To find out more about our fast and reliable document legalisation service.
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