A Beginner’s Guide to Teaching in China: How to Obtain a Police Clearance Check (South Africa)

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This service is available to people who require confirmation of their criminal status for emigration purposes or for working abroad. A certificate will be issued stating whether any criminal offences have been recorded against the applicant.

FYI this document must be within its six-month validity when you arrive in China.


R114,00 per application

Payment method

  • bank-guaranteed cheque
  • a banker’s draft
  • electronic payment into the South Africa Police Service’s account (ABSA cheque account number 4054522787; branch code 632005; Swift code ABSA ZAJJ) in favour of the National Commissioner of the South African Police Service.

In the case of an electronic payment, the initials and surname of the applicant must be indicated as the reference. The letters PCC must be added as reference, which will indicate that the payment is for a Police Clearance Certificate (PCC).

The average time to render this service, will be approximately 14 working days from the day that the completed application is received at the Criminal Record Centre until the clearance certificate is issued.

New applications for Police Clearance Certificates can be handed in and completed certificates collected 24 hours, seven days a week.

You’ll need the following information to hand before you start your online application:

  • The applicant must provide a full set of his/her fingerprints.
  • The fingerprints will be taken at the nearest police station.
  • The applicant’s full name, surname, date of birth, place of birth and identity number (if available) must also be recorded on the fingerprint form.
  • A copy of the applicant’s identity document/passport must accompany the application. The applicant must present their identity document at the police station, as proof of identity will be required.
  • The police station where the applicant applied, will send the completed application to Criminal Record and Crime Scene Management, Pretoria. Alternatively, the applicant may deliver the completed application in person or by courier.



On completion, the certificate will be mailed to the applicant by post.

Applicants can arrange for the certificate to be collected by courier service at their own expense.

Tracking service

If the applicant provides his/her cell number (currently only South African) on the application for a Police Clearance Certificate, he/she will be provided with a SMS indicating that the application was received and the reference number that will be allocated to his/her certificate.

A follow-up SMS will be sent upon completion of the application. By using the reference number provided, the applicant can establish the progress on the status of the application by enquiring on the SAPS’s website.

Telephone numbers:

Telephone number in South Africa: 012 393 3928 
Telephone number internationally: 27 12 393 3928 
Fax number in South Africa: 012 393 3909 
Fax number internationally: 27 12 393 3909

Email addresses:




The application may be delivered by courier to:

The Head of the South African Criminal Record and Crime Scene Management 
(For attention: Police Clearance Certificates) 
Private Bag X308

The application may also be delivered by courier to:

The Head of the South African Criminal Record and Crime Scene Management 
(For attention: Police Clearance Certificates) 
Bothongo Plaza West 
CRC Client Service Centre
1st Floor, Room 14 
271 Francis Baard Street

The information in this document can be found here.

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