Criminal Checks


Due to an increase in Identity Fraud, ID Documents are no longer accepted to facilitate criminal checks. The same is true for Identity Numbers, as Identity Theft is also a major concern in South Africa, which can result in criminal records being allocated to the wrong people. Thus, the SAPS have switched to AFISWITCH, an automated fingerprint verification system run by Ideco. Ideco is a 50% black privately owned South African company which provides customised identity management solutions, based on the French company Sagem’s world-leading biometric technology.

In October 2006, the Ideco Group was awarded a 15-year contract to operate the AFISwitch (Automated Fingerprint Identification System) by the South African Police Services.

Essentially, AFIS operates as an automated checking service by creating an electronic information conduit between the Criminal Resource Centre in Pretoria and the Public. As all criminal records are accompanied by a set of fingerprints, AFIS will allow you to search for matches directly on the database, thus eliminating the potential for identity fraud. In future the Criminal ‘Name Clearance’ check, which requires only a name and ID number, will be turned off by the South African Police Services CRC’s.

Our consultants are accredited to capture fingerprints for all verification purposes.

Unit Description Required Documentation Turn Around Time
Criminal Record –
IllicitActivity Check
Determine individual criminal record status with the South African Police Service via AFISwitch (electronic fingerprint collection and processing). Signed Indemnity FormFull set of fingerprints need to be captured electronically at our office. 24 – 72 Hours



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