How to apply and obtain Police Clearance Certificate in Botswana Police?

What is a Police Clearance Certificate in Botswana?

  • In Botswana, a Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) is a document that shows a person’s criminal record or lack thereof. It is issued by the Botswana Police Service (BPS) to individuals who require it for various purposes, such as employment, immigration, and travel.

Procedure to obtain Police Clearance Certificate

  1. Obtain an application form: You can get the application form from the nearest police station or the Criminal Records Office of the Botswana Police Service (BPS). You can also download the form from the BPS website.
  2. Fill in the application form: Fill in the application form with your personal details, including your full name, date of birth, national identity card number, contact information, and the purpose for which you require the PCC.
  3. Attach the required documents: Attach a certified copy of your national identity card or passport, as well as any other required documents, such as a letter from your employer or a copy of your travel itinerary.
  4. Pay the fee: The fee for a PCC in Botswana varies depending on the purpose for which it is required. You will need to pay the fee at the time of submitting your application.
  5. Submit the application: Submit the completed application form and the required documents to the nearest police station or the Criminal Records Office of the BPS. You will receive an acknowledgement receipt as proof of submission.
  6. Wait for the processing: The processing time for a PCC in Botswana can take several weeks. Once the BPS completes the background check, they will issue the PCC. If you have no criminal record, the PCC will state that you have no criminal convictions. If you have a criminal record, the PCC will include details of the criminal offenses committed.
  7. Collect the PCC: Once the PCC is ready, you can collect it in person from the police station or the Criminal Records Office of the BPS. You will need to bring your acknowledgement receipt and a valid form of identification.
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