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Replacing your senior certificate


Completing your matric year is the start of a new, exciting chapter for you. You may decide to go to college or university, or you’ll start your career immediately. Your matric certificate is crucial no matter what decision you make about your future, so having the original is very important.  


The WCED (Directorate Examinations Administration) facilitates:

  • Issue of certificates: This is available only for clients who reside within the Western Cape (regardless of the Education Department where the qualification was obtained)
  • Where results are unavailable to the WCED, clients are referred to the respective province where the examination was written.

You can apply for:
  • Senior Certificate
  • Copies of Senior/Junior Certificate
  • Statement of Results

Process and procedure when applying for a certificate

Print | Download a copy of the application form (Valid from 1 April 2022 - 31 March 2023)

Complete the application form in full

Pay the administration fee [R153] in person at the WCED cashier or via EFT or direct bank deposit. Bank account details are indicated on the form.

Scan and email completed application form, copy of ID and proof of payment to:


Who to approach

In person

Examinations Walk-in Centre, 1 North Wharf Square, 2 Lower Loop Street, Foreshore, Cape Town, 8001

By mail

If you do not reside in the Cape Town area and are unable to visit the office in person, write to:

Western Cape Education Department, Directorate Examinations Administration, Private Bag X9114, Cape Town, 8000

Email applications to

In addition to the Application Form (1 April 2022 - 31 March 2023), you will need the following items:

  • Identity document

    You will need to furnish a certified copy of your identity document. (This must be done by a commissioner of oaths). You can make a copy and have it certified at a police station. Please remember to take the original along so that the commissioner of oaths can verify the copy.

  • School | College Name and Year of qualification

    You will also need to include the name of the school | college, province and year in which you obtained your qualification.

  • Your Surname

    Do not forget to indicate the surname as at the time of the exam, especially if you are a female and have been married in the interim and changed your surname.

  • Administration fees payable

    R 55  for Statement of Results

    R 153  for a copy of a Junior | Senior or ABET Level 4 certificate

    You can either pay in cash at the WCED cashier – if you go in person – or by means of an electronic transfer.

    The above fees can be deposited directly into the Department’s bank account, the details of which are:


    Provincial Government of the Western Cape Department of Education
    1452 045 089
    145 209
    15 followed by your identity number
    or exam number
    or surname and initials

    PS:  All payments should be made out to the Provincial Government of the Western Cape: Department of Education.

    A copy of the deposit slip | proof of payment must accompany the application before any certificate can be processed.


If you obtained your qualification before 1992, the copy should be ready in 6-8 weeks.

If you matriculated after and including 1992, there is a longer waiting period as the certificate has to be requested from Pretoria – about 8 weeks.


Certificate WILL NOT BE POSTED. Applicant will be notified for collection.

Present your ID when collecting your certificate. If a third party collects the certificate on your behalf, the following procedure will apply:

PS:  If you are residing overseas it would be more practical to arrange with a relative or friend living in South Africa to apply on your behalf. If not, you will be liable for the courier cost overseas.

Third Party Collections

  • Third party and the certificate holder’s ID should be produced (certified copies)
  • A letter of consent is required, where permission is granted to a third party to collect a certificate on your behalf

For more information please telephone:  0861 819 919

Provided by:
Government Body: (Western Cape Government)

The cost of a statement of results is R52.

R 141  for a copy of a Junior/Senior or ABET Level 4 certificate

The content on this page was last updated on 1 April 2022