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Expungement of a criminal record is a process by which the criminal record of a convicted offender is removed from the database of the Criminal Record Centre of the South African Police Service.
To get your criminal record expunged, you must get a Police Clearance Certificate from the Criminal Record Centre of the SAPS. The certificate needs to be obtained 10 years after the relevant conviction and sentence – you cannot use an old clearance certificate. But before you go through that process, you should check if you qualify for expungement of your criminal record at all. Scorpion Legal Protection explains below.
Although you can use agencies or representatives to do the application on your behalf, the Department of Justice’s process to expunge a criminal record process is free. They have also emphasised that matters are dealt with in order of receipt, and no preference is given to agencies or representatives. Beware of scammers who claim they can get the application done for you suspiciously quickly or lie about large fees that they say the Department of Justice requires.
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*This is only basic legal advice and cannot be relied on solely. The information is correct at the time of being sent to publishing.
Date added: 30 April 2022
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