The Singapore Police Force will effective from 18 October 2010 cease issuing Police Certificates – which is known as Certificate of Non-Criminal Conviction in Singapore – to non citizens. For those non citizens who would require one, do therefore get the necessary clarifications from CHC well in advance so that you would not be place in a spot when requested . The extract of the notification is given below. You can also view it at http://www.spf.gov.sg/epc/cncc_notice.htm
The Singapore Police Force will cease issuing the Certificate of Non-Criminal Conviction (CNCC) to non-Singapore Citizens. This will take effect on 18 Oct 2010. Should you require further assistance or clarification, please contact the CNCC/Records Office at telephone numbers (+65) 64358409 or (+65) 64358410 between 8.30am and 5.30pm (local time) from Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is CNCC?
The Certificate of No Criminal Conviction (CNCC) is issued by the Criminal Investigation Department ( CID ) of the Singapore Police Force. The document certifies that the applicant does not have any criminal convictions in Singapore within a stipulated period of time. CNCCs were previously issued to Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and Foreigners who are above the age of 16 and have resided in Singapore for more than 6 months. CNCCs are requested for a variety of reasons, including applying for permanent residency rights in other countries.
Why is there a change in the policy for the CNCC?
Police are not obligated to issue CNCC but have done so as a form of international cooperation since other countries provide similar documents as well. However, this service does not form part of police's core function. Further, following the recent differentiation approach between citizens and non-citizens in terms of benefits in the healthcare, medical and education sectors, a similar distinction was also drawn with regard to CNCC issuance policy. As such, CNCCs will only be issued to citizens henceforth. The policy change will affect only a small number and there are alternative mean such as applying for a Statutory Declaration through the Commissioners of Oath or qualified legal practitioners.
Where can I apply for a Statutory Declaration and how much does it cost?
You can refer to the Singapore Academy of Law website at http://www.sal.org.sg
a list of appointed Commissioners for Oaths. You can also email your queries to conp @ sal.org.sg. The fees of commissioners of oath are regulated by the Commissioners for Oaths Rules. The basic cost of making a Statutory Declaration is $20, but this is subject to the Commissioner's discretion.
How can I inform the Requesting Authority about the change in the CNCC policy?
The change in the CNCC policy is broadcast in the Singapore Police Force website at http://www.spf.gov.sg
Who can I contact if I need further clarification or assistance?
You may speak with a CNCC officer at telephone numbers: (+65) 64358409 or (+65) 64358410. Operating hours are between 8.30am and 5.30pm (local time) from Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).