How do I get an Original Matric Certificate?

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How do I get an Original Matric Certificate?

How do I get an Original Matric Certificate?

Are you trying to find out how to get a real matriculation certificate? You’ve found it! This guide will walk you through the procedures for obtaining your authentic Matric certificate in South Africa. Find out what paperwork, fees, and verification procedures are necessary to receive this crucial credential from the Department of Basic Education. Follow our comprehensive guide to get started on the process of obtaining your original matriculation certificate without any difficulties.

What does a Matric Certificate mean

Matriculation (Matric) is a term used in South Africa to refer to the final year of high school and the degree earned upon graduation, however, it actually relates to the minimal university entrance requirements. It can also be defined as the formal process of enrolling in or becoming eligible to enroll in a university after satisfying certain academic requirements, such as passing a matriculation examination.

The Department of Basic Education facilitates Adult matric, Matric upgrades, and Matric rewrites under the Second Chance Matric Programme. The curriculum is beneficial to NSC Supplementary Exams, NSC Progressed Learners, Amended Senior Certificate, and Part-time NSC Candidates.

Read Also: When can I register for Matric Rewrite 2022

The cost to get a Matric Certificate:

How much does it cost? It will cost you R141. 00 for the Replacement certificate, and if you want a statement of results, it will cost you an additional R52. 00. These fees are valid from 01 April until 31 March 2024.

Documentation Required to get the original matric certificate:

  • 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.

What should you do to get your matric certificate?

  • Pay the prescribed fee by postal order at the Post Office, cash at DBE / PED office, or by cheque.
  • Go to the nearest DBE/ PED offices with the following documents:
  • An affidavit stating what happened to your certificate (i.e. if it is lost or damaged)
  • the original national/ senior certificate (if it is damaged), this is not applicable if it is lost
  • The original identity document (ID) and a certified copy.
  • Alternatively, you can download the form, fill it in and post it with the attached documents including the postal order to Private Bag X895, Pretoria, 0001

The period to get your original matric certificate:

A matric certificate cannot be issued on the same day that the application is submitted. The processing time is 1 – 6 weeks under normal circumstances.

A request for replacements of certificates obtained prior to November 1992 can be made from the office of any of the Departments of Education and the same procedure followed.

e-Matric e-Re-Issue

You can apply online through the e-Matric e-Re-Issue online service on if you have lost or damaged your original matric certificate, or if you took the exam more than once and want to combine your credits to qualify for a National Certificate, such as a Senior Certificate (SC) or National Senior Certificate (NSC).

Applicants must first register as users on the e-Government Portal ( in order to access the e-Re-issue online service.

Supporting Documentation

Electronic copies of the following supporting documents will be required during the online application process:

For lost or damaged certificates:

  • An affidavit stating what happened to your certificate (i.e. if it is lost or damaged);
  • The original national/ senior certificate (if it is damaged), this is not applicable if it is lost;
  • A certified copy of your identity document (ID); and
  • Proof of payment.

For a combination of results:

  • Your results from all examination sittings;
  • A certified copy of your Identity Document; and
  • Proof of payment.

How long does it take?

It takes four to six weeks for a certificate to be issued. Applicants may use the reference number received during the online application process to keep track of their application.

Contact Details:

For additional information about the Matric Certificate contact below;

  • National Office:
  • Eastern Cape: 040 602 7023/24
  • Free State: 051 404 8260
  • Gauteng: 011 355 3000
  • KwaZulu-Natal: 031 368 1061
  • Limpopo: 015 290 7803/7740
  • Mpumalanga: 013 766 0033/97
  • Northern Cape: 053 839 6424
  • North West: 018 388 0825/26/27/55
  • Western Cape: 021 467 2300

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