From January 2018 you will need to get your police clearance certificate (PCC) done at the VFS centres and the certificates delivered by the SA police services will no longer be accepted.
This applies to applications for both temporary and permanent residence permits.
Very important change of South African police clearance certificate (PCC) process
The good news is that it is a very simple process:
all you need to do is request the relevant form (for police clearance certificate) from the consultant at VFS,
which you then will dully complete and sign and add to your application;
no fingerprints required, just the usual biometrics.
The cost of the process is ZAR175., to be paid at the VFS centre at the time of submission.
The online biometric background checks are directly linked to the South African Police Service database and will save time in the application process.
This shows an effort by the Department of Home Affairs to streamline and speed up processes, and we can all agree that some improvement in efficiency is much needed!