What is a police clearance certificate?

This official document serves as proof that a vehicle was not reported as stolen and that it is legally cleared to operate on the road.


A SARPCCO clearance is required if a vehicle is exported to one of the following SARPCCO countries – Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.


The RPC Procedure is designed to ensure that vehicle information captured on the National Traffic Information System corresponds with the actual vehicles on South African roads in terms of description, VIN and engine numbers.  Completing this procedure will have some distinct BENEFITS for you.

Peace of mind that the vehicle you have purchased is not stolen

Accurate and up to date paperwork generally results in a higher vehicle market value.

Liability can be avoided for outstanding fines or licence fees of someone else.

There will be no complications with the annual renewal of the licence disk.

In addition to all manufactured and imported vehicles being fitted with microdots, legislation has also made it compulsory from September 2012 that vehicles, motorbikes, trailers, quads, tractors, trucks, mining equipment and construction equipment may need a Police Clearance Certificate if one of the following reasons apply:

Transfer of ownership (Registration certificate lost/owner or title holder not traceable)

Export of motor vehicle (Police clearance required by other countries)