Police Clearance Process in Zimbabwe
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Many a time, those seeking for employment, find themselves saddled with the responsibility of producing a police clearance that attests to their past criminal record. Equally faced with this requirement are those seeking to apply for visas to travel abroad, to obtain work permits or study permit.
In the Zimbabwe Republic Police, the Criminal Investigation Department is charged with the responsibility of producing these clearances 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 should 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.
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 having obtained their forms, people can approach their local police stations to have their 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, they can pay the prescribed fee at the police station where they would have been fingerprinted or may elect to pay at CID Headquarters upon submission of their forms.
After payment they should ensure the original copy of the receipt is attached to the forms as proof of payment. People can bring forms in person or send someone to submit the forms
Those outside Zimbabwe
They can deposit their money in the CID Headquarters Standard Chartered Bank Account number 8740416046400, Sort code 5156, Swift code SCBLZWHX, Highlands Branch, Harare.
The vetting fee for prints taken outside Zimbabwe is US$75.00 or the equivalence of whatever currency they 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 their fingerprints forms to the following address: CID Headquarters, corner 10th Street/Josiah Chinamano Avenue, Morris Depot, Harare.They can enclose a self addressed return envelop so that the certificate can be sent back to them