South African Head Office
57 Swarthout Street, Doringkloof, Centurion, Gauteng, South Africa, 0157
From within South Africa: (012) 6709010 or (012) 6709022
From outside South Africa: (0027) 12 6709010 or (0027) 12 6709022
Office Hours Monday to Friday 9:00 to 15:00
Official South African Document Retrieval, Authentication and Legalisation Specialists
Police Clearance Certificate also known as Arrest Record, Behaviour Certificate, No Objection Certificate,Certificate of Conduct, Rap Sheet, Criminal Record Certificate is a certificate issued by the Criminal Record Centre of the South African Police Cervices pertaining the criminal record of a individual in South Africa.
• The Police Clearance Certificate is valid for a period of 12 months although it is up to the end-
• A re-
• To obtain a South African Police Clearance certificate a full set of fingerprints with Identification of the applicant must is needed. Only original fingerprints are accepted. Original prints of electronic prints are acceptable.
• The issue of a Police Clearance Certificate usually takes between 15 and 25 working days.
• Original Police clearance certificates can be apostilled, authenticated at embassy's and /or translated if necessary.
Legalisation and Authentication of Documents
Under certain circumstances it is required to legalise and authenticate documents including educational certificates. It depends on the the intended use and target country what process must be followed.
A) Authentication of Degrees and Diplomas at the Department of Education.
B) Authentication of Lower Education Certificates by UMALUSI
C) Authentication of medical certificates by the HPCSA
D) Apostille is a certificate which verifies and confirms the seal and signature of person who authenticated the document. This process is also called certification or authentication although the latter is different forms of authentication. Apostille is only issued for members who are party to the La Hague convention who issues a Apostille. There are designated authorities in every country to issue Apostille certificates or legalisation. Apostilles are commonly issued for various documents which has a legal value like birth and marriage certificates, contracts, divorce degrees, related to adoption cases, for commercial documents, for official documents related to vital statistics, and for court records, land records, school documents and patent applications.
If copies of documents has to be Apostille the documents must be certified by a notary, then confirmed by the High Court after which a Apostille will be issued.
E) For countries whom is not party to the La-
Birth Certificates from South Africa
There are three types of Birth certificates available and the intended use will dictate the appropriate certificate.
A) Abridged birth certificate: This certificate is computer printed and mostly only shows the persons details like Id number, Surname and Full names. The latest certificates can also show the mothers details.
B) Unabridged Birth Certificate also shows the parents details. This unabridged Birth certificate is the only certificate that can be legalised by Authentication or Apostille.
C) Vault Copy is a certified copy of the original document used to register the birth.
MarriageCertificates from South Africa
There are three types of Marriage Certificates available and the intended use will dictate the appropriate certificate.
A) Abridged Marriage certificate: This certificate is computer printed and mostly only shows the persons's details like Id number, Surname and Full names and the date of the marriage
B) Unabridged Birth Certificate also shows shows information like if the parties to the marriage was married before and the marriage details.
Birth and marriage Certificates