Life is unpredictable and mistakes are bound to happen. A lot of people are not aware of the fact that if you have damaged or lost your matric certificate, you have the option to apply for a new one. The Department of Education will handle all the verification process for you and send you a new one. In this article we are going to give you an overview of this process.
How to get started
As aforementioned, the process can take longer that anticipated, which may affect your plans. I would recommend that you also include the statement of results in you application whilst waiting for the certificate. — There's a form called a replacement form that must be complete to begin the process.
— Thanks to the use of smartphones, it can now be downloaded by visiting www.eservices.gov.za. After downloading the form, print it out at your nearest internet café or library.
— Make sure that you fill in all the required information and attach the supporting documents. This includes a copy of your ID (certified) and contact information.
— If your certificate has been lost you also need to complete an affidavit that will state the reasons behind that.
— Now that you have all the necessary information with you, it's time to get the ball rolling.
— Visit your nearest Post office and send everything to this address: Private Bag X895, Pretoria, 0001. Obviously there are postage fees involved, make sure that you have some cash with you.
Are there any fees involved in this process?
Unlike before, it was sponsored by the Department of Education - now that you are out of their hands it's you responsibility to pay for this service. During the time of writing this article we have enquired with them and found out that it can range from R130-R140 to get a new certificate. If you have also ordered a statement of results, that will come at an extra cost of R50.
When will you receive it?
Depending on the amount of submissions they receive, it may take a minimum of 2 months. We strongly recommend that you also apply for the statement of results should the process take longer than anticipated.
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