Police Clearance Certificate Defined
A Police Clearance Certificate is an official document issued as a result of a background check by the police or government agency of a country to enumerate any criminal records that the applicant may have. Almost everyone at some point in life will be required to produce a police clearance certificate – one of the reasons you must keep a clean record!!!
Police clearance certificates are often required for applications in relation to employment, travel visas, work visas or study permits to attest to the applicant’s past criminal record. They can often be a big determining factor whether the applicant gets a green light or is rejected/stopped much like a traffic light stops traffic from going through a red light.
In Zimbabwe it’s the Criminal Investigation Department, within the Zimbabwe Republic Police, that is charged with the responsibility of producing these police clearance certificates through its Criminal Records Office working in conjunction with the Central Criminal Bureau. The two sections are the repository of criminal records for all those people that have been convicted of an offence in Zimbabwe including those that have deposited fines for offences they have committed.
The person requiring clearance must submit his/her fingerprinted forms together with proof of payment of the vetting clearance fee in the form of the original(top copy) receipt.
Where to get the fingerprint forms?
Fingerprints forms can be bought from Kingston Book shops or any other stationery shop that sells the forms or downloaded for FREE HERE (link coming soon).
N.B. The forms for clearance vetting are different from those used by the police ZRP (form 14) for taking fingerprints of criminals. As such people should not expect to get the fingerprint forms from the police station.
Those who are abroad have to enquire with their respective local police stations on how they can get the forms.
Where to be fingerprinted
After obtaining your forms, you can approach your local police station to have your fingerprints taken. Those abroad seeking clearance from the Zimbabwean Police, can have their fingerprints taken in those respective countries.
How to make the clearance payment
- Those in Zimbabwe
For people in Zimbabwe, you can pay the prescribed fee at the police station where you would have been fingerprinted or you may elect to pay at CID Headquarters upon submission of your forms.
After payment you should ensure the original copy of the receipt is attached to the forms as proof of payment. You can bring your forms in person or send someone to submit the forms on your behalf.
- Those outside Zimbabwe
Those outside the country can deposit their money in the CID Headquarters Standard Chartered Bank Account number 8700216046400, Highlands Branch, Harare. (MAKE SURE YOU VERIFY THIS ACCOUNT BEFORE ENDING FUNDS)
The vetting fee for prints taken outside Zimbabwe is US$75.00 (at the time of this publication) or the equivalence of whatever currency you are using.
After payment, proof of deposit should be attached to the prints.
The clearance will be processed when proof of payment has been obtained from the Standard Chartered Bank in Zimbabwe.
Sending fingerprints and clearance
Those outside Zimbabwe can make use of courier services such as Fedex, DHL or any other such service providers to send fingerprint forms to the following address: CID Headquarters, corner 10th Street/Josiah Chinamano Avenue, Morris Depot, Harare. Make sure that you enclose a self addressed return envelop so that the certificate can be sent back to you.
PLEASE NOTE: This article has been edited using information obtained from the official ZRP website. It’s your responsibility to verify information on this article with the relevant authorities to ensure that you are not breaking any laws and are following the correct process. ZimShoppingMalls or any of it’s affiliates will not under any circumstances take responsibility for any issues arising as a result of reliance on information in this article whether implied or not.
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