How to Obtain Police Clearance Certificate from Other Countries?

A police clearance certificate is needed for various reasons like immigrating to Canada, student visa or temporary work visa.

Source: www.cic.gc.ca

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Afghanistan

If you live in Afghanistan

Apply at the nearest office of the Ministry of the Interior by sending a letter of explanation indicating why you are requesting a police certificate. There is no specific form to be completed. The Ministry of the Interior will issue you the police clearance document.

Please contact the nearest office of the Ministry of the Interior for further assistance if required.

If you live in Pakistan

Apply at the nearest Afghan Embassy or Consulate by sending a letter of explanation indicating why you need a police clearance certificate. There is no specific form to be completed. Once your request is processed, you will be issued a clearance letter from the Afghan Embassy or Consulate which should be submitted to the Canadian visa office in Islamabad.

Contact information for Afghan Consulates in Pakistan:

Consulate General of Afghanistan in Karachi
Street 26, Block 5, Clifton
Karachi 75500
Tel.: (+92-21) 5821 261 to 4
Fax: (+92-21) 5821 260
Email: agc_karachi@yahoo.com

Consulate General of Afghanistan in Quetta
45 Price Road
Quetta
Tel.: (+92-81) 2843 364
Fax: (+92-81) 920 2549

Consulate General of Afghanistan in Peshawar
Opp PAF Selection Center
The Mall, Peshawar Cantonment
Tel.: (+92-91) 5285 963
Fax: (+92-91) 5285 961

If you live outside Afghanistan (except Pakistan)

You will need to apply to the nearest Afghan Embassy or Consulate and write a letter requesting a police clearance certificate. There is no specific form to be completed. You will be issued a letter from the Afghan Embassy or Consulate, which should be submitted to the Canadian office processing your application.

Please contact the nearest office of the Afghan Embassy/Consulate for further assistance if required.

Contact Information for the Afghan Embassy and Consulate in Canada:

Embassy of Afghanistan in Ottawa
240 Argyle Ave
Ottawa, Ontario
K2P 1B9
Telephone: 613-563-4223
Fax: 613-563-4962
Email: contact@afghanembassy.ca

Consulate General of Afghanistan in Toronto
477 Richmond Street. West,
Suite 901 Toronto,
ON M5V 3E7
Tel: (416) 385-1033
Fax: (416) 385-3810

Albania

Applicants should apply for a Deshimi at the local Office of Juridical State or at:

Zyra e Gjendjes Gjyqësore
Buleavardi “Zogu I”

Tirana, Albania

Algeria

Local Requests
Applicants should apply for a Bulletin no. 3 from the local police station with their birth certificate and national identity card, and pay the applicable fees.

Non-Citizens
Non-citizens should address their request, including a copy of their birth certificate, residence permit and applicable fees, to:

Ministère de la Justice
Service des casiers judiciaires
08 Place Bir Hakem-Le Biar
Alger, Algérie

Non-Resident Requests
Algerians should apply at the nearest Algerian embassy or consulate, which will forward the request to the Ministère de la Justice, Service des casiers judiciaires. Family members residing in Algeria may request a police certificate on behalf of a non-resident citizen from the appropriate local tribunal upon presentation of the applicant’s birth certificate and national identity card, and payment of the applicable fees. Former foreign residents should contact the Ministère de la Justicedirectly.

 

Andorra
Applicants should apply for a Certificat de bonne conduite, with a copy of their national identity card, passport or residence permit, by mail or in person at:

La Battlie
Avenue Tarragona
Édifice Les Columnes
Andorre La Vieille, Principauté d’Andorre

Angola

Applicants should apply for a police certificate at the local police authority.

Anguilla

Do I need to provide a police certificate when applying for permanent residence?
Yes. The Police Commissioner will send your criminal record information directly to the Canadian visa office in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, after you have submitted a written request.

If you live in Anguilla:
You should provide:

  • your full name and aliases (if applicable)
  • places of residence
  • purpose of the request
  • passport details
  • the applicable fees

Requests can be made to:

The Commissioner of Police
Police Headquarters
The Valley, Anguilla
Telephone: 264-497-3740

If you live outside of Anguilla:
You may apply in person, by mail or someone can apply on your behalf to the address listed above.

You should provide:

  • your full name and aliases (if applicable)
  • places of residence
  • purpose of the request
  • a full set of fingerprints taken by a recognized police authority
  • passport details
  • the applicable fees
  • a stamped, self-addressed envelope, (if you wish the police clearance to be mailed to you)

Antigua and Barbuda

Do I need to provide a police certificate when applying for permanent residence?
Yes. The Commissioner of Police will send the police certificate directly to the Canadian visa office in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, after you have submitted a written request.

How or where do I obtain one?

If you live in Antigua and Barbuda
You should present your valid passport and applicable fees to:

Criminal Records Office
Police Headquarters
American Road
St. Johns, Antigua
Telephone: 268-462-0125 (local calls)

If you live outside Antigua and Barbuda
You should provide:

  • a copy of your birth certificate
  • a list of places and dates of residence in Antigua and Barbuda
  • two passport-type photographs
  • a full set of fingerprints taken by a recognized police authority

Requests should be addressed to:

The Commissioner of Police
Police Headquarters
American Road
St. Johns, Antigua
Telephone: 268-462-2095 (overseas calls)

Argentina

If you live in Argentina
You can get a certificate called a CERTIFICADO DE ANTECEDENTES PENALES from the Registro Nacional de Reincidencia in Buenos Aires or from other branches throughout the country. More information on how to get this certificate is available at the Argentinean Federal Ministry of Justice and Human Rights.

When applying, you must specifically mention that the certificate is requested “con excepción al artículo 51 del Código Penal.”

The certificate must be issued by the Federal Ministry of Justice and Human Rights.

If you live outside Argentina
You can get a certificate called a CERTIFICADO DE ANTECEDENTES PENALES by applying at the Argentine consular office closest to where you live and paying the required fees. Contact the Argentinean Federal Ministry of Justice and Human Rights for more information on how to obtain this certificate.

When applying, you must specifically mention that the certificate is requested “con excepción al artículo 51 del Código Penal.”

The certificate must be issued by the Federal Ministry of Justice and Human Rights.

Armenia

Do I need to provide a police certificate when applying for permanent residence?
Yes. The police certificate must indicate all names you have used while in Armenia. The Embassy accepts only original police certificates. Print-outs of online search results are not acceptable. Authorities of some former Republics of the USSR may require the following Police Certificate request letter:

How and where do I obtain one?

People living in Armenia should apply to:

Consular Section of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
of the Republic of Armenia
Government Building
2, Republic Square
Yerevan, 375010
Telephone: (374-10) 544-041 extension 302

People living outside Armenia should apply to the Consular Section of the nearest Embassy of Armenia.

Aruba

You need to obtain a document called Declaration of Good Conduct (“Verklaring van Goed Gedrag” in Dutch).

Documents to provide:

  • proof of resident status in Aruba
  • a letter stating the reason for the request
  • the applicable fees

Submit your application to:

Openbare Ministerie Aruba
Havenstraat 2
Oranjestad
, Aruba
Telephone: ++ 297-562-1415

Note: Only people who have or had resident status in Aruba may obtain a Declaration of Good Conduct.

Australia

Do I need to provide a police certificate when applying for permanent residence?
Yes. You may also need to provide a Traffic History printout, depending on which states you lived in while in Australia.

Which Australian police clearances are acceptable?

Applicants must provide a Standard Disclosure – name check. Certificates can be obtained through the Australian Federal Police.

IMPORTANT AND MANDATORY: Additional requirements apply for those who lived in or currently live in the States of Queensland and/or Victoria after their 18th birthday:

  • Residents of Queensland must submit a Traffic History which goes back to their 18th birthday or the day on which their first Australian driver’s licence was issued.
  • Residents of Victoria must submit a Licence History Search which goes back to their 18th birthday or the day on which their first Australian driver’s licence was issued.

Applicants who are unable to provide a Traffic History or a Licence History Search must provide evidence, issued by the Queensland and/or Victoria roads authority, stating that the person has never held a driver’s licence in that state.

Which Australian police clearances are not acceptable?

  • Photocopies of a clearance
  • Certificates issued by the state police authority
  • Certificates issued on the basis of a “Complete Disclosure”
  • Any certificate, if it is not accompanied by a Traffic History Report(s) if the applicant, while over 18 years of age, lived in Queensland and/or Victoria

How and where do I obtain one?

The following form is required: Australian Federal Police National Police Check (NPC) Application Form.

Applicants may obtain the form for the Australian Federal Police check at:

Criminal Records – National Police Check
Australian Federal Police
Locked Bag 8550
Canberra City  ACT 2601
Australia
Telephone from Australia: (02) 6202-3333
Telephone from elsewhere: +61 2 6202-3333
Website: www.afp.gov.au

IMPORTANT: When filling out the Australian Federal Police National Police Check (NPC) Application Form, enter Code Number 35 in section 1 (Purpose of NPC).

Where can I apply for a Traffic/Driving History Report?

(traffic history reports from other Australian states and territories are not required)

Where does the police send my police certificate?

The Australian Federal Police will send the certificate directly to the address you will nominate in section 4 of the Australian Federal Police National Police Check (NPC) Application Form.

Driving history reports will be directly given/sent to you by the departments of transport of the state where you live or previously lived.

An immigration file number, if available, should be endorsed/written on the certificate.

Austria

Do I need to provide a police certificate when applying for permanent residence?
Yes.

How or where do I obtain one?

If you live in Austria:
You should apply for a Strafregisterbescheinigung (Certificate of the Penal Register) in person at the Polizeikommissariatin Vienna or the Bundespolizeidirektion or Bürgermeister in other cities, towns or villages.

Online application instructions (in German only)

You will need to provide an official photo identity document such as:

  • a passport,
  • an identity card or
  • a driver’s licence.

Name changes must be supported by legal documents such as marriage certificates. You may designate a representative with power of attorney to apply for or pick up your police certificate on your behalf.

If you live outside of Austria:
You should apply at the Austrian embassy or consulate with the necessary documentation.

Azerbaijan

Do I need to provide a police certificate when applying for permanent residence?
Yes.

How and where do I obtain one?

If you live in Azerbaijan
You should contact the Ministry of Interior at the following address:

Administration of Operational Statistic Information
of Ministry of Interior
7 Gusi Gadjieva Street
Baku 370005
Telephone: (99412) 986396, 909285-4909636

If you live outside Azerbaijan
You may apply to the Azerbaijan Embassy in your current country of residence to obtain a police certificate.

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Bahamas

Applicants should apply with passport details, place of residence in Bahamas, one photograph and a certified set of fingerprints, and pay the applicable fees. Requests should be made at the local police station or to:

Officer in Charge, Criminal Records Office
P.O. Box N 458
Nassau, Bahamas

 

Bahrain

If you live in Bahrain
You must apply in person and provide:

  • a letter from the Embassy of Canada requesting the Good Conduct Certificate for the purposes of immigrating to Canada
  • a completed Good Conduct Certificate application form (PS/CID/30); Forms are available from the Criminal Investigation Directorate (CID)
  • a copy of the first four pages of your passport
  • a copy of all previous Bahraini resident permits
  • a full set of fingerprints obtained from the local police authority
  • 3 matte photographs with either white or blue background and
  • applicable fees.

Address:

Criminal Investigation Directorate (CID)
P.O. Box 26698, Manama
State of Bahrain
Telephone: 0097317718888
Location: Al Adlia Area

If you live outside Bahrain
You can either:

  • return to Bahrain to apply for the police certificate in person OR
  • apply for the Good Conduct Certificate at the nearest Embassy of Bahrain and provide the following.

The required documents are:

  • a copy of the passport that you used in Bahrain
  • a copy of your old or expired resident visa for Bahrain
  • a copy of your current passport (if applying at a Bahrain embassy or consulate)
  • a copy of your current valid residence permit (if applying at a Bahrain embassy or consulate)
  • 3 matte photographs with a blue background and
  • applicable fees.

You will be given a form to take to the police department for fingerprints.

 

Bangladesh

If you live in Bangladesh
You can apply in person at the local police station. You must present a passport and pay any required fees with a bank draft from the Bangladesh bank (www.bangladesh–bank.org) or any branch of the Sonali bank (www.sonalibank.com.bd/inland_branch.php).

If you live outside Bangladesh
If you are living outside Bangladesh but have previously lived in Bangladesh for more than six months, you will be required to submit a police certificate.

You may obtain one by applying at the local police station closest to where you used to live in Bangladesh. You may authorize a third party to apply for the certificate on your behalf.

 

Barbados

If you live in Barbados
You should include:

  • your full name and any previous names
  • most recent address in Barbados
  • date and place of birth
  • a photo identity card
  • the applicable fees

You should apply in person at:

Central Police Station
P.O. Box 84
Coleridge Street
Bridgetown, Barbados
Telephone: 246-430-7100

If you live outside of Barbados
You may apply by mail, in person or someone can submit the written request on your behalf to the Central Police Station. The police clearance can be mailed to you or given in person.

You should include:

  • your full name and any previous names
  • most recent address in Barbados
  • date and place of birth
  • a copy of a photo identity card or passport
  • a full set of fingerprints taken by a recognized police authority
  • the applicable fees ($20. Barbados dollars or $10 (USD). Money order or certified cheque made payable to the Commissioner of Police)
  • a self-addressed envelope (if you wish the police clearance to be mailed back to you)

The request should be sent to:

The Commissioner of Police,
Central Police Station
P.O. Box 84
Bridgetown, St. Michael
BARBADOS.

Note: The fees are subject to change.

 

Belarus

Local Requests
Applications are available upon request from the regional departments of the Ministry of Interior of Belarus (Управление Внутренных Дел). Applicants must present a valid passport and pay the applicable fees.

Please choose the oblast (province) in which you reside for more information:

Non-Resident Requests
If you are a citizen of Belarus or have resided in that country for a period of more than six months, but are presently residing outside of Belarus, you should apply for a police certificate at the nearest Belarusian diplomatic mission. Please visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus for contact information for Belarusian diplomatic missions abroad.

 

Belgium

To obtain a Belgian copy of a criminal record (extrait de casier judiciaire/uittreksel uit het strafregister), you need to send a personal written request by mail or fax to:

Federal Public Service Justice
DG Organisation judiciaire
Service du Casier judiciaire central
115 Waterloo Boulevard
1000 Brussels, Belgium

Tel.: +32 (0)2.552.27.47 (information in French)
+32 (0)2.552.27.48 (information in Dutch)
Fax: +32 (0)2.552.27.82

You must sign the request and include the following:

  • your surname and first names;
  • your date and place of birth;
  • your address; and
  • the reason for the request.

It is preferable, but not mandatory, to attach a copy of your identity card or passport. The Federal Public Service Justice will supply a copy of the record free of charge.

 

Belize

Police ClearancePolice Record or Police Conduct may be requested in person or by the applicant’s lawyer with power of attorney at one of the following addresses:

The Police Station
Racoon Street
Belize City
Telephone: 227-2222

Police Headquarters
Belmopan (near the market)
Telephone: 822-2221, 822-2222

The Police Station
San Pedro Cays
Telephone: 226-2022

Applications should include three passport-size photographs and the applicable fees together with an identification document such as a birth certificate, Social Security card or voter’s identity card. Foreign residents must also indicate their parents’ names and present their original passport.

 

Benin
Benin nationals should apply for an Extrait de casier judiciaire from the Tribunal of their city of birth.

 

Bermuda

Local Requests
Applicants should apply for a police certificate at:

Police Headquarters, Administration Department
10 Headquarters Hill
Prospect Devonshire, DV 02
Bermuda

Non-Resident Requests
Applicants must submit a request on form SF39, which is available for download from the Bermuda Police Service website. Requests must be accompanied by a legible and notarized copy of the applicant’s government-issued photo identification (e.g. passport or driver’s licence), as well as a letter from the Canadian visa office requesting the police certificate, to:

Bermuda Police Headquarters,
Administration Department
Attn: Inspector H. Beckles
P.O. Box HM 530
Hamilton
HMCX Bermuda

 

Bhutan

Local Requests
Applicants should request police certificates from the Royal Bhutanese Police and present their identity card.

Non-Resident Requests
Applicants should contact the Royal Bhutanese Police Headquarters by telephone (975-2-322-347/348) or by fax (975-2-322-803).

 

Bolivia

Applicants are required to provide two police reports: one from the local police station (PTJ) and a second from Interpol. In addition, applicants need to obtain an address certificate from the local police.

How and where do I obtain one?

Local Requests
For police reports, applicants should apply in person at the local police station or at the following address, as well as to Interpol:

Edificio de la Policía Técnica Judicial (Identificación)
Calle Sucre – Plaza Murillo
La Paz
, Bolivia

INTERPOL
Calle Sucre – Plazo Murillo
La Paz
, Bolivia

Non-Resident Requests
Applicants may obtain police reports upon request at the addresses above. A cédula de identidad number and a set of fingerprints taken by a recognized police authority should be included with the application.

 

Bonaire

You need to obtain a document called Declaration of Good Conduct (“Verklaring van Goed Gedrag” in Dutch).

Documents to provide:

  • proof of resident status in Aruba
  • a letter stating the reason for the request
  • the applicable fees

Submit your application to:

Politie Bonaire
Kaya Libertador Simon Bolivar
 #4
Bonaire

Telephone: ++599-717-8000

Note: Only people who have or had resident status in Bonaire may obtain a Declaration of Good Conduct.

 

Bosnia-Herzegovina

If you live in Bosnia-Herzegovina:
You should apply for an Uvjerenje o nekaznjavanju (Certificate of No Conviction) at the police station representing your place of residence or birth, at the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

You should submit the application form and present:

  • the original or a copy of your identity card (licna karta) and
  • your birth certificate (issued within the last six months).

Application forms can be obtained at police stations.

If you live outside Bosnia-Herzegovina:
You should apply in person at the Bosnian embassy or consulate or authorize a representative in Bosnia-Herzegovina to apply on your behalf.

Please note that a court certificate is not accepted.

 

Botswana

Local Requests
Applicants should apply in person at the local police station.

Non-Resident Requests
Applicants should provide their full name, date of birth, dates and places of residence in Botswana, and names of employers to:

Botswana Police Force
Criminal Investigation Department
P.O. Box 1082
Gaborone, Botswana

 

Brazil
Applicants need to provide the three different certificates listed below.

Local Requests 
Applicants should contact the issuing authorities to obtain the three following certificates:

  1. Certidão de Antecedentes Criminais, issued by the federal police. Consult their website at www.dpf.gov.br for instructions.
  2. Certidão de Antecedentes Criminais, issued by the state authority. Contact the state authority directly, using the local directory for assistance.
  3. Certidão de Distribuição Cíveis e Criminais, issued by the Federal Ministry of Justice. Contact the local justice department for instructions or consult www.justicafederal.gov.br.

Non-Resident Requests
Applicants must have a representative in Brazil with notarized authorization to request the federal and state police certificates on their behalf.

 

British Virgin Island
The Police Headquarters will send the police certificate directly to the Canadian visa office in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, after you have submitted a request.

If you live in the British Virgin Islands
You should apply in person with a valid passport and a written request from the Canadian visa office, and pay the applicable fees at:

Police Headquarters
Road Town
Tortola, BVI
Telephone: 284-494-3822

If you live outside the British Virgin Islands
You may apply by mail, in person or someone may apply on your behalf. The police clearance will be mailed to you or given in person.

You must include:

  • certified copies of the first five pages of your passport
  • a full set of fingerprints taken by a recognized police authority
  • an addressed envelope to have the clearance mailed to you
  • the applicable fees

 

Brunei

Applicants should apply to the Commissioner of Police with an official request from the Canadian visa office, a copy of their passport, work permit and identity card (if available), and a processing fee in cash or a bank draft payable to the Commissioner of the Royal Brunei Police Force. Applications should be submitted to:

Royal Brunei Police Force Headquarters
Jalan Gadong BE1710
Brunei Darussalam
Telephone: 673-2-423901
Fax: 673-2-426290
E-mail: bruneipolice@brunet.bn
Website: www.police.gov.bn

 

Bulgaria

If you live in Bulgaria
You should apply in person for a Police Clearance Certificate at the Regional Court where you are registered.

The completed application form is to be accompanied by the following documents:

  • identity document
  • birth certificate
  • power of attorney or certificate of inheritor (when a certificate is requested for another person)
  • legal proof of name change, if applicable

Same or next business day service provided to most resident citizens who apply in person.

Further information, including instructions for the fee payment, can be found on the Bulgarian Ministry of Justice website.

If you live outside Bulgaria
You may apply at the Bulgarian embassy responsible for your country of residence. You may also authorize a representative in Bulgaria, with a power of attorney or a certificate of inheritor, to apply for and receive a Police Clearance Certificate on your behalf.

 

Burkina Faso

If you live in Burkina Faso
You must present your birth certificate and pay the applicable fees at the following locations.

Citizens of Burkina Faso (nationals)
Greffier en Chef du Tribunal de Grande Instance
01 BP 95
Ouagadougou 01
Province of Kadiogo
Burkina Faso 

Telephone: (226) 50 37 69 00  Extension 203 or 262

Non-citizens
You must present a residence certificate (issued by a municipal office in Burkina Faso or by your embassy) and pay the applicable fees.

Greffier en Chef de la Cours d’Appel
01 BP 95
Ouagadougou 01
Province of Kadiogo
Burkina Faso

Telephone: (226) 50 37 69 04

If you live outside Burkina Faso

You must send your request to:

Greffier en Chef du Ministère de la justice burkinabè
01 BP 2534
Ouagadougou 01
Province of Kadiogo
Burkina Faso
Telephone: (226) 50 37 69 00

 

Burma
Applicants should apply for a police certificate in person at any local police station.

 

Burundi

Applicants should obtain an Extrait du casier judiciaire by providing a copy of their identity card, two passport-size photographs and the applicable fees to:

Commissariat Général de la Police Judiciaire
Service Central d’Identité Judiciaire
Boul. du Peuple Murundi
B.P. 417, Bujumbura

Telephone: (257) 22 57 83

Note: The applicable fees as of September 22, 2008, are 1,000 FBU. Fees are subject to change.

 

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Cambodia (Kampuchea)
Police certificates are available from the Ministry of Justice. Foreign residents must present a valid passport and visa and their home and work addresses, as well as pay the applicable fees.

 

Cameroon

If you live in Cameroon
You must obtain an excerpt or Bulletin No 3 of the criminal record from the trial court in your country of birth.

You must file an application with the trial court in your country of birth and pay the required fees. Applications can usually be processed in one day.
You must submit the following:

  • a duly completed form
  • a national identity card
  • an original birth certificate
  • applicable fees

If you live outside Cameroon
An excerpt or Bulletin No 3 of the criminal record can only be requested from within Cameroon. The Cameroonian embassies cannot issue this document or help you obtain one.

If you are a Cameroonian living abroad and want a Bulletin No 3, you must send your original birth certificate to someone living in Cameroon, who can then apply on your behalf.

 

Canada

Do I need to provide a Police Certificate with my Application for Permanent Residence? No

Name of document(s) to get: Criminal Record Check

How to get a Police Certificate:

If you are not a citizen of Canada:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Special notes and considerations

Fingerprints must be submitted electronically to CCRTIS. Paper submissions will not be processed and will be returned to the originator.

Electronic fingerprint submissions to the RCMP is not currently available from outside of Canada. You may contact accredited companies within Canada who will digitize ink fingerprints and submit them electronically to the RCMP.

 

Canary Islands - See Spain

If you live in Spain

1. APPLICATION – This must be done using Model 790, which can be downloaded from the Criminal Record Certificate page or is available, free-of-charge, at the following places:

2. PROVIDING PROOF OF IDENTITY OF THE PERSON MAKING THE APPLICATION

  • Original valid National Identification Card (DNI) if the person is Spanish.
  • Original of a valid Residency Card, passport, with a valid visa where applicable, or EU identification document if the person is a non-Spanish national.

3. WHEN THE CERTIFICATE IS NOT APPLIED FOR IN PERSON BY THE INTERESTED PARTY BUT BY SOMEONE REPRESENTING HIM/HER, in addition to the documentation mentioned in point 2, this person must provide:

  • Original or certified photocopy of a valid National Identification Card (DNI) if the person is Spanish.
  • Original or certified photocopy of a valid Residency Card, passport, with a valid where applicable, or EU identification document or equivalent if the applicant is a non-Spanish national.
  • Original or certified photocopy of the document that provides proof of representation by any means deemed valid under the law that provides a reliable record of same (public document authorized by a notary, private document with signatures authorized by a notary or private document, granted when the interested party appears in person before a public employee who will record this incident using a legal measure).

4. PAYMENT OF THE FEE. Proof of payment of the fee; this can be provided in any of the following ways:

  • 4.1. If the payment is made in Spain.
    • You must take completed form 790 to a financial entity that works with the Tax Agency (practically all financial entities) to make the payment. Proof of payment will be provided through machine validation or authorized signature of the financial entity on the “copy for the Administration” part of form 790 which must be presented in order for the certificate to be issued.
  • 4.2. If the payment is made outside Spain.
    • You must take a signed form 790 to a Spanish financial entity that works with the Tax Agency and has a branch in the country where the certificate is being requested. Proof of payment will be provided through machine validation or authorised signature of the financial entity on the “copy for the Administration” part of form 790 which must be sent.
    • Otherwise, you can deposit the fee amount via bank transfer into the restricted account of the Ministry of Justice, details of which can be found below, and send the original of proof of payment together with the “copy for the Administration” of form 790.

BANK: BBVA
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 0182-2370-42-0208000060
ACCOUNT HOLDER: Ministerio de Justicia – Cuenta Restringida Recaudación Tasas Extranjero (Ministry of Justice – Foreign Fee Collection Blocked Account)

NIF (TAX IDENTITY NUMBER) OF THE ACCOUNT HOLDER: S-2813610-I
IBAN or International Bank Account Number: IBAN ES62 0182 2370 4202 0800 0060
Bank Identification Code (BIC) of the BBVABBVAESMMXXX

Fee price

Criminal record certificate 2011: 3,54 euros.

This amount is updated in January every year.

IMPORTANT: Special care should be taken that the correct amount of the fee is paid, as the financial entity is not able to refund mistaken amounts paid; requests for reimbursement will require that the interested party initiates a procedure for the refund of undue payment.

If you live outside Spain

Criminal record certificate applications made by post from abroad will be sent to the

Central Office of Citizen Services.
Ministry of Justice.
Plaza de Jacinto Benavente, 3.
28012, Madrid,

together with:

  • The documents described in the “Documentation and necessary requirements” section, substituting the original identification documents with true photocopies.
  • The document providing proof of payment of the fee. If payment is made outside Spain.
    • You must take a signed form 790 to a Spanish financial entity that works with the Tax Agency and has a branch in the country where the certificate is being requested. Proof of payment will be provided through machine validation or authorized signature of the financial entity on the “copy for the Administration” part of form 790 which must be sent.
    • Otherwise, you can deposit the fee amount via bank transfer into the restricted account of the Ministry of Justice, details of which can be found below, and send the original proof of payment together with the “copy for the Administration” of form 790.

BANK: BBVA
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 0182-2370-42-0208000060
ACCOUNT HOLDER: Ministerio de Justicia – Cuenta Restringida Recaudación Tasas Extranjero (Ministry of Justice – Foreign Fee Collection Blocked Account)

NIF (TAX IDENTITY NUMBER) OF THE ACCOUNT HOLDER: S-2813610-I
IBAN or International Bank Account Number: IBAN ES62 0182 2370 4202 0800 0060
Bank Identification Code (BIC) of the BBVABBVAESMMXXX

 

Cape Verde
Applicants should apply with their national identity card for a police certificate from the Department of Justice of Cape Verde, Praia-Cabo Verde.

 

Cayman Island

Local Requests
Police certificates are available from the local police authority.

Non-Resident Requests
Applicants should have a full set of fingerprints taken by a recognized police authority and forward them with an application, including their full name, passport details, period of residency and payment of the applicable fees to:

Fingerprint Bureau
Royal Cayman Islands Police
Central Police Station
P.O. Box 909
George Town, Grand Cayman
Cayman Islands, West Indies

 

Central African Republic
Police certificates are available at the Judiciaire Commissaire.

 

Chad
Police certificates are available at the Judiciaire Commissaire.

 

Chile

Residents of Chile
Applicants can apply in person at any office of the Registro Civil e Identification, with their “RUT” or online with Servicio de Registro Civil e Identificacion.

Non-Residents
Applicants may apply for a Certificado de Antecedentes para Fines Especiales and an original Hoja de vida del Conductor at the Chilean embassy or consulate in their country of residence.

Please note that there is a fee for this service.

 

China

The original police certificate must be submitted along with the application for permanent residence, and must be accompanied by an English or French translation prepared by an accredited translator.

Please note that no fee is required to obtain a Chinese police certificate for both residents and non-residents of China.

How and where do I obtain one?

Local Requests
Chinese nationals:

  • You must present your national identification card and household register booklet (hukou) to the local Public Security Bureau.

Non-Chinese nationals:

  • You must present your passport containing your Chinese visa to the local Public Security Bureau.

Non-Resident Requests
You can obtain a police certificate from the local Public Security Bureau by asking someone to act on your behalf in China. To do this, you must give this person:

  • Specific written authorization.
  • If you are a Chinese national, a photocopy of your national identification card and household register booklet(hukou).
  • If you are a non-Chinese national, a photocopy of your passport, including the page that contains the Chinese visa.

The person acting on your behalf must present the documents to the local Public Security Bureau.

 

Colombia

You need to provide a background verifications certificate. However, do not apply for the background verifications certificate before obtaining a file number from the visa office.

How or where do I obtain one?

If you live in Colombia (both nationals and non-nationals)
Once you have submitted an application to the visa office, the visa office processing your case will provide instructions to you on how to obtain the background verifications certificate.

If you live outside Colombia
The easiest way to obtain a background verifications certificate from outside Colombia is to ask a person living in Colombia to request the certificate on your behalf, following the instructions sent to you by the visa office.

You can also request the certificate yourself by following these instructions:

You must pay a processing fee of the equivalent of COP$60.000 at the current exchange rate per person, to be deposited to:

Intermediary Bank: BANCO INTERMEDIARIO CITIBANK N.A.
Swift Code: CITIUS33
ABA Code: 021000089
CHIPS Code: 0008
Beneficiary Bank: BANCO DE OCCIDENTE
Banco de Occidente Swift Code: OCCICOBC
Account No.: 10950229
Final Beneficiary Name: RISK MANAGEMENT COLOMBIA S.A.
Final Beneficiary Account No.: 223005463

You will receive a deposit slip as proof of payment. There should be one deposit slip per person.

Once you have made the deposit, you must send a scanned copy of the deposit slip to: aplicantes@procesosec.com

You must also submit the following information to the bank:

  • For Colombian nationals:
    the applicant’s full name, National Identity Card Number (Cédula de Ciudadanía), visa file number, and the name of the visa office that is processing the application.
  • For non-Colombian nationals:
    the applicant’s full name, Colombian Foreign Resident Identity Card Number (Cédula de Extranjería) or passport number,  visa file number, and the name of the visa office that is processing the application.
  • If a payment is made for several applicants:
    a list with the names, identity document numbers, and a copy of the deposit slips for each person.

A copy of the deposit slip together with the applicant information listed above must be scanned and sent by e-mail directly to the visa office processing your case. The e-mail title must state “Background verifications” and the name of the visa office that is processing the immigration application.

The response will be sent directly to the CIC office processing your application. Please ensure that the name of the visa office is included on the payment slip as per instructions.

 

Comoros
You must obtain an extract of the criminal record (Bulletin No 3 of the criminal record) through the “Tribunal de première instance” of Moroni if you are from Grande Comores and provide your birth certificate.

 

Democratic Republic of Congo

Non-Residents:

Apply at the nearest Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) embassy in your country of residence.
Provide the embassy with a copy of your identity documents, your fingerprints and the required fees.

Once the embassy has verified your documents you must forward your request for an extract from the criminal records “Extrait du casier judiciaire” to Direction Générale de la Police Judiciaire at the following address:

Direction générale de la Police Judiciaire
Direction de l’Identité Judiciaire
14, av. Kalémie, Commune de Gombe

Kinshasa, DRC

Residents :

In order to obtain an extract from the criminal records “Extrait du casier judiciaire” you must contact the Direction Générale de la Police Judiciaire at the following address:

Direction générale de la Police Judiciaire
Direction de l’Identité Judiciaire
14, av. Kalémie, Commune de Gombe

Kinshasa, DRC

 

Republic of Congo
Police certificates are available at the Judiciaire Commissaire.

 

Cook Islands

Police certificates are available at local police stations.

Cook Islands Police
National Headquarters
P.O. Box 101
Rarotonga
Cook Islands
Telephone: (682) 22499
Fax: (682) 21499

 

Costa Rica

The Poder Judicial, Dirección Ejecutiva, Registro Judicial issues a document indicating previous convictions. To obtain this document, applicants should present a letter from the Canadian visa office requesting the certificate with their full name, full names of parents, date and place of birth, passport or identification number, aliases, etc. and an original identification document or passport, plus applicable fees. Payments for police certificates are made at Edificio de los Tribunales, ground floor, in front of the Organismo de Investigación Judicial. Applications must be made in person at:

Registro Judicial
Costado Norte del Edificio OIJ
Calle 19, Avenida 6,
San José, Costa Rica

Telephone: 2295-3682

 

Croatia

Please note that a court certificate is not accepted.

If you live in Croatia:
You should obtain a Potvrda o nekaznjavanju (Certificate of No Conviction) by submitting an application form and presenting a copy of your personal identification card (osobna iskaznica) or passport by mail or in person to:

Ministarstvo Pravosuda (Ministry of Justice)
Uprava za kazneno pravo
Odjel za kazene evidencije
Savska cesta 41
10000 Zagreb

Croatia

Application forms are available on-line or at any post office.

If you live outside Croatia:
You should apply at the nearest Croatian embassy or consulate.

 

Cuba

Local Requests
Applicants should obtain a Certificado de Antecedentes Penales from the Ministry of Justice at:

Ministerio de Justicia
Antecedentes Penales
Linea y E, Plaza de la Revolucion
Ciudad de La Habana

Telephone: (53-7) 832-7716 or 832-6833

Non-Resident Requests
Applicants may apply for a Certificado de Antecedentes Penales through Cuban consular offices.

 

Curacao

You need to obtain a document called Declaration of Good Conduct (“Verklaring van Goed Gedrag” in Dutch).

Documents to provide:

  • proof of resident status in Curaçao, which can be obtained from the Civil Registrar’s Office
  • a completed form stating the reason for the request
  • the applicable fees

Submit your application to:

Hoofd van de plaatselijke politie
Waaigatplein 1
Willemstad

Curaçao
Telephone: ++ 599-9-866-6374

Note: Only people who have or had resident status in Curaçao may obtain a Declaration of Good Conduct. Processing takes two to three weeks.

 

Cyprus

Local Requests
Cypriot nationals and permanent residents may apply for a police certificate by presenting a birth certificate, identity card or passport and two passport-size photographs (one must be certified) as well as the applicable fees at the local police station.

Non-Resident Requests
Applicants should apply to:

Chief of Police
Police Headquarters
P.O. Box 2022
Nicosia, Cyprus

 

Czech Republic

If you live in the Czech Republic 
You should apply for a výpis z evidence rejstřríku trestů (extract from the penal register).

Complete information on how to obtain application forms can be found online.

You will need to submit:

  • an official application form;
  • two recognized picture identification cards such as a national identification card, a passport or a driver’s licence; and
  • the applicable fees.

If you live outside the Czech Republic
You should apply at the nearest Czech embassy or consulate with the required documentation.

 

D

Denmark (including Faro island and Greenland)

If you live in Denmark, including Faro Island and Greenland
You should apply in person at any police station.

If you live outside Denmark, including Faro Island and Greenland
If you are or were registered with the National Registry of Denmark, you may request a copy of your Danish criminal record in person at any police station or by letter or fax to the Commissioner of Police in Denmark.

You should enclose a copy of your passport or other authorized identification as well as a return address to:

Rigspolitichefen, Afdeling D Kriminalregisteret
P.O. Box 93
Landlystvej 34-40
2650 Hvidovre
Denmark
Fax: +45 46 33 14 78

For more information, consult the Government of Denmark website.

 

Djibouti

You may obtain a Certificat de non condamnation or an Extrait du casier judiciaire from the Ministère de la Justice upon presentation of your national identity card and passport to:

M. Houdo
Greffier en Chef
Tribunal de Djibouti : Ministère de la Justice, des
Affaires Pénitentiaires et Musulmanes
Chargé des droits de l’homme
Boulevard de la République
B.P. 12

Djibouti, Republic of Djibouti

Remember to include the complete names of both your parents.

Note: There is a fee of 700 Djibouti Francs for this application (fees are subject to change).

 

Dominica

The Police Commissioner will send your criminal record information directly to the Canadian visa office in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, after you have submitted a written request.

How and where do I obtain one?

If you live in Dominica
You should apply in person with:

  • your passport
  • all previous names used
  • current and previous places of residence
  • two photographs
  • the applicable fees

Address:

Criminal Investigation Department
Police Headquarters
Roseau, Dominica
Telephone: 767-448-2222

If you live outside Dominica
You may apply in person, or have someone apply for you, or apply by mail. The police certificate will be mailed to you or given in person.

You should include, with your application, the items listed above, plus:

  • a full set of fingerprints taken by a recognized police authority;
  • a self-addressed envelope.

Submit your application to the following address:

Criminal Investigation Department
Police Headquarters
Roseau, Dominica
Telephone: 767-448-2222

 

Dominican Republic

If you live in the Dominican Republic
You should provide:

  • a photocopy of both sides of your Dominican national identification card (cédula);
  • a valid passport;
  • one passport-size photograph; and
  • the applicable fees paid through direct deposit in any office of Banco del Reservas.

Foreign residents or former residents should provide:

  • a resident card;
  • a photocopy of their passport; and
  • the applicable fees paid through direct deposit in any office of Banco del Reservas.

Applications must be made in person at the office of the Prosecutor General in Santo Domingo.

Procuraduría General de la República Dominicana
Centro de Atención al Ciudadano
Av. Máximo Gómez #21, Esq. Bolívar
Santo Domingo, Rep. Dom.

Telephone: 809-533-3522 (ext. 3028)
E-mail: info@procuraduria.gov.do
Website: www.procuraduria.gov.do

If you live outside the Dominican Republic
You should contact the office of the Prosecutor General (Procuraduría General de la Republica Dominicana) for instructions.

 

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East Timor

Relevant document: ‘Certificado De Registo Criminal’ (Criminal Registry Certificate)

Applicants should apply to the Office of Civil Registrations
Direcção Nacional dos Registos e do Notariado Registo Criminal (Criminal Registry)
Ministerio da Justiça (Ministry of Justice)
Dili, East Timor

Provide one passport size photo; ‘Declaro do Domicilio’ signed by Chief of Village or Sub District Administrator; Passport and National Timor Leste ID card (for citizens), and a letter from employer/mission.

Note: Applicants must apply in person or provide a proxy, ‘procuração’, for a third party to attend in person on the applicant’s behalf.

 

Ecuador

If you live in Ecuador or outside Ecuador

You should obtain the Certificado de Antecedentes Penales online. You are required to present the following:

  • nationality;
  • number of your National Identity Card (Cédula de Identidad) or passport;
  • full name; and
  • the reason why you are requesting a police certificate.

 

Egypt

Local Requests
Applicants should apply in person for a Legal Status Certificate at the local police station. Applicants are required to complete the application, provide a passport-size photograph and pay the applicable fees. Fingerprints will be recorded on the front of the certificate and the fingerprint check results will be recorded on the back.

Non-Resident Requests
Applicants may apply through an Egyptian embassy or consulate.

 

El Salvador

Applicants need to provide two certificates: the Solvencia de la Policía and the Certificado de Antecedentes Penales.

How and where do I obtain one?

Local Requests
Applicants should apply for a Solvencia de la Policía in person through the Dirección General de la Policía Nacional Civil in San Salvador, Santa Ana or San Miguel. Nationals or residents must present the original and a photocopy of theirDocumento Único de Identificación (DUI) or passport. Foreign residents must present the original and a copy of their passport. For more information, contact one of the following:

Policía Nacional Civil – Central Office
6a. Cale Oriente No. 710

Barrio San Esteban
San Salvador
Telephone: 2529-2600

Policía Nacional Civil – Escalón Branco
3a. Calle Pte. Entre 71 y 73 Ave. Norte

San Salvador
Telephone: 2224-1660

Policía Nacional Civil
10 Ave. Sur y 9 Calle Ote. Centro de Gobierno

San Miguel
Telephone: 2622-2643

Policía Nacional Civil
25 Calle Poniente entre 14 y 16 Ave. Sur

Santa Ana
Telephone: 2420-8639

Applicants should also obtain a court certificate, called Certificado de Antecedentes Penales, available from the Dirección General de Centros Penales y de Readaptación in San Salvador. Applications must be made in person or by an authorized third party. Nationals and residents of the country must present their original Documento Único de Identificación (DUI) or original passport. Foreigners must present their original passport.

Dirección General de Centros Penales y de Readaptación
Calle Poniente entre 3ra y 5ta Avenida Norte
Col Guadalupe
Edificio Duarte Novoa
San Salvador

Telephone: 2235-4098 / 2235-2114

 

Equatorial Guinea
Information will be updated soon

 

Eritrea

Local Requests
Police certificates are available for nationals who have done national service or foreign residents with a proper residence permit. Applicants should present their identity card or passport and a letter requesting the certificate from the Canadian High Commission, and pay the applicable fees. Applications should be submitted to:

Eritrea Police Headquarters
P.O. Box 1223
Asmara, Eritrea
Telephone: (+291) 1 127 799

Non-Resident Requests
Applicants should designate a representative with power of attorney to make the application in Eritrea. Certificates may then be received at the nearest Eritrean embassy.

 

Estonia

hree options exist for those requesting an Estonian police certificate: electronically via Estonia’s e-File website, by email and by regular mail.

Instructions, contact information and application forms are available from Estonia’s Centre of Registers and Information Systems website.

You may also submit an application in person at any service point of the Estonian Citizenship and Migration Bureau(website is in Estonian only).

Note: To get a paper copy of the police certificate (also referred to as a certified extract on paper), the application form must state that you wish to receive the reply to the query via regular mail. You must include your postal address.

 

Ethiopia

f you live in Ethiopia
You should apply in person at:

Ethiopian Federal Police Commission Forensic Investigation Department
P.O. Box 80358
Addis Ababa
Ethiopia

Bring the following documents with you:

  • two passport-size photographs
  • a copy of your passport
  • a copy of your national identity card (for nationals only)
  • a letter from the Canadian visa office requesting the certificate

If you live outside Ethiopia
You should apply to the address above and include with your application:

  • an original set of fingerprints taken by the police authority of your country of residence
  • photocopies of the pages of your passport
  • the applicable fees
  • two passport-size photographs
  • a letter from the Canadian visa office requesting the certificate

You may also ask a representative to submit the request in person on your behalf by presenting proof of legal representation and the documents listed above.

 

F