Police Clarify Fingerprint Vetting Costs
The Zimbabwe Republic Police has warned members of the public from engaging third parties when seeking police clearance certificates and to desist from paying more than what is mandatory for any services of that nature. Criminal investigations department Provincial Community Relations and Liaison Officer, Detective Inspector Portia Chinho told ZTN that access to CID offices is free to every citizen.
“Access to CID HQ offices is free to everybody. Do not engage third parties. Those outside Harare or the country may send the fingerprint forms by courier services well addressed with a paid up return of package.” she said.
She added that applicants should have their fingerprints taken at any nearest police station and should not pay any fee since that service is free of charge.
“Payment for vetting is in Zimbabwean dollars except for those fingerprints recorded outside the country. An urgent local fingerprints vetting process costs RTGS$10.00 while an urgent police clearance certificate costs RTGS$20-00 and this takes up to three days. The normal local police vetting and clearance costs RTGS$5-00 and a normal police clearance certificate costs RTGS$10-00 respectively and takes up to seven days to process.”
The fingerprint vetting process is centralized and done in Harare only at the criminal investigations headquarters.