How To Apply For A Replacement Matric Certificate Online

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Regardless of the underlying reasons, losing your matric certificate can drastically reduce your ability to do a lot of important things relating to furthering your education or landing job opportunities. Luckily, the basic education department has an online application process to get around this hurdle.


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Losing or damaging your matric certificate can be a frustrating experience, especially if you need it for further studies or employment purposes. Fortunately, the Department of Basic Education (DBE) for a replacement matric certificate online.

So with that in mind, let's guide you through the step-by-step process of applying for a replacement matric certificate online.

Step 1: Apply online

To apply for a replacement matric certificate online, you will need to visit the e-Services website. Once you are on the website, you will need to follow the steps below:

  1. Click on the "Education" tab.
  2. Click on the "National Senior Certificate" option.
  3. Click on the "Application for Replacement Certificate" option.
  4. Fill in the required details, including your personal information, the reason for the replacement, and the payment details.

Upload the required supporting documents, which include an affidavit stating what happened to your certificate (if it is lost or damaged), the original national/senior certificate (if it is damaged), and a certified copy of your identity document (ID).

Step 2: Pay the prescribed fee

Before you can apply for a replacement matric certificate online, you need to pay the prescribed fee. The fee for a replacement certificate is R164, and if you also require a statement of results, it will cost an additional R57.

You can pay the fee by postal order at the Post Office, cash at the DBE/PED office, or by cheque.

Step 3: Wait for the certificate to be issued

Once you have submitted your application and supporting documents, it will take between four to six weeks for a replacement certificate to be issued for records that are on the system. If the records are not on the system, it may take longer as records need to be retrieved from the archives and loaded onto the system.

However, you can obtain your statement of results immediately.

So if you have lost or damaged your matric certificate, it is essential to apply for a replacement as soon as possible. Doing so online makes it a convenient and straightforward process that can save you time and effort.

Make use of the steps outlined above to apply for a replacement matric certificate online and be sure to have all the necessary documents ready.

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