How to Recover a Lost or Damaged Matric Certificate

Most times, things we don’t plan for happens which might result in loss of one or more documents. Due to one reason or the other, you can lose your matric certificate. The best thing to do after you lost your matric certificate is to apply for reissue of matric certificate. This post is going to put you through n how to recover your lost matric certificate.

To get a new original matric certificate after losing it, you will have to apply for a new one at the Department of Basic Education (DBE) or Provincial Education Department (PED) using the Re-issues application form. The DBE will issue an affidavit for a lost certificate.

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Procedures on Getting a New Matric Certificate

To get a new original matric certificate, follow the steps below:

  1. Pay the prescribed fee by postal order at the Post Office, cash at DBE/PED office or by cheque.

2. Visit the nearest DBE/PED offices with the following documents:

  • Original national/ senior certificate and a certified copy
  • Identity document (ID) and a certified copy of your ID
  • An affidavit stating the reasons for alteration (detailed one)
  • A confirmation letter from the Department of Home Affairs

3. A copy of your birth certificate. If you don’t have a birth certificate you can use a clinic card, baptismal certificate, or school report that states your name and date of birth.

Those that are outside South Africa, you can get someone in South Africa to do it for you.

How long does it take?

After you have submitted your application, the department will have to get your certificate from the archive. This will take up to 5 to 6 weeks.

How much does it cost?

Recovering your matric certificate will cost you around R118.00 for the Replacement certificate. If you want a statement of results with it, it will cost you an additional R47.00. These fees are valid from 01 April 2019 until 31 March 2020.

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