Expungement of a criminal record
WHAT IS EXPUNGEMENT OF A CRIMINAL RECORD?
Expungement of a criminal record is a process by which a criminal record of a convicted offender is expunged from the criminal record database of the Criminal Record Centre - South African Police Service.
This allows a person to carry on with life without a criminal record being an obstruction to employment opportunities.
STEPS DURING AN APPLICATION
- An application for Expungement will be submitted to the Director-General: Department of Justice and Constitutional Development.
- If all requirements for an Expungement are met, the Director-General will issue a certificate directing that the conviction(s) and sentence(s) of the person be expunged—this process can take up to 20 weeks.
- The certificate of Expungement issued by the Director-General will be submitted to the head of the Criminal Record Centre.
- The head of the Criminal Record Centre will, within 21 working days after receipt of the certificate of Expungement, confirm in writing that the conviction(s) and sentence(s) in question have been expunged - Confirmation of Expungement.
SecurityFirst Example Expungement Document