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Vehicle Import/Export Clearance


This is a pre-requisite process prior to registration, exportation, importation and major changes to a motor vehicle in/ or from Botswana. 


         Related Services                                                                           Requirements


Change of colour

Letter from the dealer who painted the vehicle


Change of engine

All documents indicating the source of engine


Authorisation letter to cross the border

Letter from the owner of the car. (Prior to authorization the car is inspected)


Registration of home-made trailers

DRTS Chassis Number (from Department of Road Transport & Safety)


Who is eligible?

The owner of the motor vehicle or any other person authorised by the owner in writing to process clearance on their behalf.

How do I get this service?

Applicant must bring the motor vehicle for physical inspection together with supporting documents to the designated clearing police establishments.

After satisfying all processes the owner is issued with:


  • Botswana Police Form BP17A (Motor Vehicle Clearance for Export Only) for export to Non Southern African Regional Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation (SARPCCO) countries
  • SARPCCO Motor Vehicles Clearance Certificate for exported motor vehicles to SARPCCO countries
  • Botswana Police Form BP17B (Motor Vehicle Clearance for Registration Only) for imported motor vehicles
What supporting documents are required?
  • Valid identification documents (Omang, Residents Permits or passports)

    Applicants with new vehicles must bring the following documents:

  • Purchase Invoice
  • SARPCCO Clearance Certificate

     Applicants with used vehicles must bring the following documents:

    SARPCCO Countries:


  • SARPCCO Clearance Certificate (valid for 90 days.)
  • Invoice
  • Registration Book

    Non SARPCCO Countries:

  • Invoice
  • Bill of Lading (e.g. for imports. Japan, Singapore etc)
How long will this service take?

24 - 48 Hours

How much does it cost?

No Cost.

Where can I obtain this service?

Serious Crime Squad

Plot 356, Extension 4, Independence Avenue

P.O. Box 1082


Tel: (+267) 3916809 / 3952531 / 3911892

Criminal Investigation Department (North)

Plot 21926, Blue Jacket street

P.O. Box 91


Tel: (+267) 2423000

Woodhall Police Station

P.O. Box 89


Tel: (+267) 5333012

Maun Police Station

P. O. Box 7


Tel: (+267) 6860034

Serowe Police Station

P.O. Box 255


Tel: (+267) 4630222

Kasane Police Station

P. O. Box 1


Tel: (+267) 6250326

Mahalapye Police Station

P.O. Box 31


Tel: (+267) 4710222

Gantsi Police Station

P. O. Box 26


Tel: (+267) 6596222

Selebi Phikwe Police Station

P.O. Box 15

Selebi Phikwe

Tel: (+267) 2610301

Tsabong Police Station

P. O. Box 3


Tel: (+267) 6540423

Where can I get more information on this Service

Serious Crime Squad

Plot 356, Extension 4, Independence Avenue

P.O. Box 1082


Tel:    (+267) 3916809 / 3956999

Contact: Officer Commanding


Serious Crime Squad

P.O. Box 1082, Gaborone

Tel: +267 3956999 / 3952531 / 3911892

Email: police [at] (police[at]gov[dot]bw)


Business Hours are 07:30 to 12:45 and 13:45 to 16:30 except weekends and public holidays.

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