Can You Buy Your Matric?

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Can You Buy Your Matric?

Can You Buy Your Valid Matric?

False Promises: The Legal and Ethical Implications of Buying Your Matric:

Participating in the purchasing and selling of a Matric certificate, according to Umalusi, is a criminal offence. People claiming to view Umalusi Matric certificates on digital media have been warned by Umalusi.

In South Africa, the National Senior Certificate, or NSC, is a high school diploma and a school-leaving certificate. Because grade 12 is the matriculation grade, this document is frequently referred to as the matriculation (matric) certificate. The official passing grade is 40%. In most subjects, the average grade is around 55.

The current matriculation (matric) certificate is the National Senior Certificate (NSC), with grade 12 being the matriculation grade.
The NSC, formerly known as the Further Education and Training Certificate or FETC, effectively replaced the Senior Certificate in 2008, after being phased in beginning with grade 10 in 2006.

Can Your Matric Certificate Be Replaced

  • Where Can I Buy a Valid Matric Certificate?: If there is sufficient proof that the mistake on the certificate, whether it is a subject mark, subject choice, a change in result, or some aspect of the personal details, is incorrect due to a registration error by the school or department, a request for a re-issue will be considered within six months of certification (first issue), but no later than a year after the last examination.

Documentation Required For Re-Issue

  • Certified copies of the candidate’s old and new Identity Documents
  • A detailed sworn statement (affidavit) by the candidate
  • The original certificate
  • A letter from the Department of Home Affairs confirming that it has, on behalf of the person in question, acted in terms of Section 27(A) of the Births and Death Registration Act, 1992 and that it has altered the sex description (and the names) of that person
  • Application form obtainable from the DBE/PED.

Read: Where Can I Buy Real Matric Certificate?

Re-Issue Application Process

  • Pay the prescribed fee by postal order at the Post Office, cash at the DBE/PED office, or by cheque.
  • Go to the nearest DBE/PED offices with the following documents:
  • your 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)
  • confirmation letter from the Department of Home Affairs
  • Birth certificate. If you don’t have a birth certificate you must bring a clinic card, baptismal certificate, or school report that states your name and date of birth.

How Will You Know Your Matric Certificate Is Valid

To verify a matric certificate issued before 1992 you need to fax your request to the Western Cape Education Department:

Provide as much information as possible including:
  • An ID number.
  • Year of matric.
  • Your own contact details.

How long does it take?

A Re-Issue certificate takes four to six weeks to process.

Contact Details

National Office:

  • Address: 222 Struben Street, Pretoria
  • Call Centre: 0800 202 933 |
  • Switchboard: 012 357 3000


  • 012 357 4511/3


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