Criminal Record Expungement

Yes, you can clear your criminal record from the criminal record database in South Africa. We have a 100% success rate with applications submitted to the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development.


What is Criminal Record Expungement?

Criminal Record Expungement is the process of removing a criminal record from your name on the National Criminal Database in terms of the Criminal Procedure Act, Act 51 of 1977. You can continue life without a conviction to your name. In order to apply for the expungement of a criminal record in terms of the Act, applicants must comply with certain criteria.



When do I qualify for a criminal record expungement?

Applicants may apply for the expungement of a criminal record with the following conditions as set out in the Act:

  • The conviction date is older than 10 years at the time of application;
  • Sentenced to a fine of not exceeding R20 000-00;
  • Sentenced to imprisonment with the option of a fine not exceeding R20 000-00;
  • Corporal punishment;
  • The sentence was postponed;
  • You were cautioned and discharged;
  • Imprisonment wholly suspended;
  • Correctional supervision in terms of section 276(1)(h) of the Act;
  • Periodical imprisonment in terms of section 276(1)(i) of the Act.



When do I not qualify for the expungement of a criminal record?

You will not qualify if:

  • If the application is made before 10 years has passed since the conviction date;
  • The fine imposed was more than R20 000-00;
  • Direct imprisonment;
  • Sentenced to direct imprisonment during the 10 years from the relevant conviction date;
  • Your details appear in the National Register for Sex Offenders or National Child Protection Register



Process for the Expungement of a record

Applicants wanting to clear their criminal record from the national criminal record database must provide us with the following:

  • Expungement application form;
  • South African Police Clearance Certificate issued 10 years after the conviction date (not older than 6 months at the time of the Expungement application);
  • Copy of Identity document or passport.