byproduct wrote:Hey guys, quick question from my side.
Can we apply for the Police Clearance certificate at any Police Station? For those that made themselves available for April departure, how long did the whole process take you?
I'm from Pretoria, so i went to a local police station with an ID and R59. They helped me with fingerprints and then they sent me to some place in the Pretoria CBD where i had to submit the fingerprints and apply for the Police clearance by filling in a form. the process was very quickly. When i left the place, i was told that it will take 20 working days to get the Police Clearance (provided you're not convicted of any crime, but if you are, then it takes a bit longer than that) , but to my surprise, i went there after a week and a half to see if it's ready, and got it. When i do the math, it took approximately 12 WORKING DAYS to obtain mine. I was surprise of how fast the whole process was, cos in the past, i've heared stories that it takes 2 months to get it. I think that it depends where you reside, cos for guys who live outside Gauteng, the process is quite long and tedious.
So yes, you can apply for it at any Police Station, but there is a specific place where they actually do the whole "clearifying," which at this moment, i think it's in Pretoria ( i stand to be corrected). That's why if you're applying from outside Pretoria, normally the process is that, your local Police station has to courier your details (together with your fingerprints), to the head office in PTA, then they wait for it to be couriered back to them then they send it to you, then that's when you can send it to the embassy in PTA. Long process isn't it, but it's worth it at the end.
So where are you applying from Byproduct?