Criminal Record Checks in South Africa

Family Law

Criminal Record Checks

Are you not sure how criminal record checks work or how to check your criminal status in South Africa? We can help with a comprehensive criminal record check which will provide a full criminal history.
Should a client be unsure of the status of their criminal record or should any individual simply wish to confirm that they do not have any criminal record, SDF Attorneys are able to perform a full background check on such a client, the results of which will be available within 48 hours of such a request being received.
Most South African citizens are not aware that there are in fact two criminal record databases in South Africa. The first is the Criminal Record Centre (CRC) in Pretoria which houses the national criminal record database. A check requested from the CRC would be based on a candidate’s fingerprints and would only display actual convictions. Such a check is called a “police clearance certificate” or a “fingerprint clearance” and the results can take up to 6 weeks to obtain.
The second check is a check performed through the South African Police Service database (CAS system), which is based on a candidate’s ID number, and this check will provide a candidate with all charges ever brought against them whether pending, awaiting trial, withdrawn or convicted. This check can be done relatively quickly (24 to 48 hours) and will give the client a very good idea of exactly what is on his/her record without having to apply for a Police Clearance Certificate.
SDF Attorneys charge a once off, all-inclusive fee for this service. Such a fee is payable up front and will be refunded if the criminal background check cannot be completed for whatever reason.