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Police Clearance Certificates

The following list contains directions about obtaining Police Clearance Certificates for Canadian immigration from various countries around the world.


Note that in certain countries, Police Clearance Certificates are not always available. In such cases, special conditions may apply, and it is in your best interest to check with the Canadian Immigration Visa Office that will process your file for instructions.

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Afghanistan

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

No specific form is required to obtain this document. You must send a letter to the nearest office of the Ministry of the Interior, explaining why you are requesting a police certificate. You will be issued the police clearance document by the Ministry of the Interior; please contact the nearest office if you require further assistance.

Requests from residents of Pakistan

No specific form is required to obtain this document. You must send a letter to the nearest Afghan Embassy or Consulate, explaining why you are requesting a police certificate. A clearance letter will be issued by the Afghan Embassy or Consulate; this document will need to be sent 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

Non-Resident Requests (excluding Pakistan)

No specific form is required to obtain this document. You must send a letter to the nearest Afghan Embassy or Consulate, explaining why you are requesting a police certificate. A clearance letter will be issued by the Afghan Embassy or Consulate; this document will need to be sent to the Canadian visa office in Islamabad.

Please contact the nearest office of the Afghan Embassy/Consulate if you require further assistance.

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

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Apply for a Deshimi at either the local Office of Juridical State or at:

Zyra e Gjendjes Gjyqësore
Buleavardi “Zogu I”
Tirana, Albania

 

Algeria

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

A Bulletin no. 3 can be obtained from the local police station with your birth certificate, national identity card, and the appropriate fees.

Non-Citizens

Your request should include a copy of your birth certificate, residence permit, and the appropriate fees, and be sent to:

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

Non-Resident Requests

Citizens of Algeria – Apply at the nearest Algerian embassy or consulate. They will forward your request to the Ministère de la Justice, Service des casiers judiciaires. You may also have family members currently living in Algeria request a police certificate on your behalf. They will need to present your birth certificate, national identity card, and pay the applicable fees at the appropriate local tribunal.

Non-citizens should contact the Ministère de la Justice directly.

Andorra

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

You may apply by mail or in person for a Certificat de bonne conduite, using a copy of your national identity card, passport or residence permit, at the following address:

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

Angola

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Apply for a police certificate at the local police authority.

 

Anguilla

Is a police certificate required?
Yes. After your request has been submitted, your criminal record information will be sent directly to the Canadian visa office in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad by the Police Commissioner.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

You will need to 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

Non-Resident Requests

Using the address above, you may apply in person, by mail, or have someone apply on your behalf.

You will need to 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

 

Is a police certificate required?
Yes. After your request has been submitted, your criminal record information will be sent directly to the Canadian visa office in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad by the Police Commissioner.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

Your valid passport and the appropriate fees should be presented to:

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

Non-Resident Requests

You will need to provide the following:

  • 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

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

You may obtain a certificate called a CERTIFICADO DE ANTECEDENTES PENALES from the Registro Nacional de Reincidencia in Buenos Aires. There are other branches throughout the country. Note that this certificate must be issued by the Federal Ministry of Justice and Human Rights. When applying, be sure to specifically state that the certificate is requested “con excepción al artículo 51 del Código Penal.” You will need to make an appointment

For more information: www.dnrec.just.gov.ar.

Non-Resident Requests

You may apply for a certificate called a CERTIFICADO DE ANTECEDENTES PENALES by visiting the Argentine consular office closest to you and paying the appropriate fees. Note that this certificate must be issued by the Federal Ministry of Justice and Human Rights. When applying, be sure to specifically state that the certificate is requested “con excepción al artículo 51 del Código Penal.” You will need to make an appointment.

For more information: www.dnrec.just.gov.ar.

Armenia

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

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

Non-Resident Requests

You should apply to the Consular Section of the Armenian Embassy closest to you.

 

Aruba

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

NOTE: Only people who have or have had resident status in Aruba may obtain this document.

The Declaration of Good Conduct (“Verklaring van Goed Gedrag” in Dutch), can be obtained by providing the following documents:

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

Applications should be submitted to:

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

 

Australia

Is a police certificate required?
Yes. In addition, you may need to submit a Traffic History printout. This requirement depends on what states you resided in while living in Australia.

Which Australian police clearances are acceptable?

You need to provide a Standard Disclosure – name check, which can be obtained through the Australian Federal Police

IMPORTANT AND MANDATORY: The following additional requirements apply to those who live or lived in the States of Queensland and/or Victoria after turning 18:

  • Queensland residents are required to submit a Traffic History. This document must go back to either their 18th birthday or the day their first Australian driver’s license was issued.
  • Victoria residents are required to submit a Licence History Search. This must go back to either their 18th birthday or the day their first Australian driver’s license was issued.

If you are unable to provide either a Traffic History or a Licence History Search, you must provide evidence, issued by the Queensland and/or Victoria roads authority, which shows that you have never held a driver’s licence in that state.

The following 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 get one?

You must submit the Australian Federal Police National Police Check (NPC) Application form. You may obtain this form 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

NOTE: 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?

  • Victoria – VicRoads: http://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au
  • Queensland – Qld Transport: http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au

(a traffic/driving history report is not required from other Australian states)

Where is my police certificate sent?

Your police certificate will be sent by the Australian Federal police directly to the address you indicate in Section 4 of the NPC Application Form.

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

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

 

Austria

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

In Vienna, you may apply for a Strafregisterbescheinigung (Certificate of the Penal Register) in person at the Polizeikommissariat. In other cities, towns, or villages, you may apply in person at the Bundespolizeidirektion or Bürgermeister.

The application form can be downloaded on-line at www.help.gv.at.

One of the following official photo identity documents will be required:

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

Any changes to your name must be supported by legal documents such as marriage certificates. You may designate a representative with power of attorney to apply on your behalf or to pick up the certificate, but not both. You must present yourself at the Bundespolizeikommissariat or Bezirkhauptmannschaft at least once.

Non-Resident Requests

Apply at the Austrian embassy or consulate with the appropriate documentation.

 

Azerbaijan

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

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

Non-Resident Requests

Apply at the Azerbaijan Embassy in your current country of residence.

 

Is a police certificate required?
Yes, if you are 18 or older you must provide a police certificate.

How and where do I get one?

Apply with your passport details, place of residence in Bahamas, on photograph and a certified set of fingerprints. You must also pay the necessary fees. You may make your request at the local police station or to:

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

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Bahrain

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests
You must apply in person and provide the following:

  • 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;
  • applicable fees.


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


Non-Resident Requests
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: 

  • 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;
  •  applicable fees.


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

 

Bangladesh

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

Apply at the local police station in person. You will need to present your passport and pay any necessary fees. The fees will need to be paid 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).

Non-Resident Requests

If you previously lived in Bangladesh for more than six months, but are currently living elsewhere, you are required to submit a police certificate. The document may be obtained by applying at the local police station closest to where you used to live in Bangladesh. A third party may be authorized to apply for this certificate on your behalf.

 

Barbados

Is a police certificate required?
Yes. After you submit a written request, the police certificate will be sent directly to the Canadian visa office in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad by the Police Commissioner.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests
Apply in person at the following address:

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

You will need to provide the following:

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

Non-Resident Requests
You have several options. You can apply by mail, in person, or you may have someone else submit the written request on your behalf to the Central Police Station. The police clearance can either be mailed to you or given in person.

You will need to provide the following:

  • 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)

NOTE: The fees listed above are subject to change.

Your request should be sent to:

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

 

Belarus

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

Applications are available upon request from the regional departments of the Ministry of Interior of Belarus, Upravlenye Vnutrennykh Del. You must present a valid passport and pay the applicable fees. For more information, contact the authorities of the province in which you reside.


Non-Resident Requests

You should apply to the nearest Belarus embassy. Please visit the website of The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Belarus for contact information.

 

Belgium

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

In order to obtain a Belgian copy of a criminal record (referred to as extrait de casier judiciaire/uittreksel uit het strafregister), sent a personal written request, either 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

Sign the request and include the following information:

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

While not required, it is preferable to attach a copy of your identity card or passport. A copy of the record will be provided free of charge by the Federal Public Service Justice.

 

Belize

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

You may request a Police Clearance, Police Record or Police Conduct in person, or have your lawyer with power of attorney do so 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

You will need to include the following with your application:

  • three passport-size photographs
  • the required fees
  • an identification document such as a birth certificate, Social Security card or voter’s identity card
  • Foreign residents also need to include their parents’ names and provide their original passport

 

Benin

Is a police certificate required?
Yes, but only those applicants born in Benin may obtain a police certificate.

How and where do I get one?

Apply for an Extrait de casier judiciaire from the Tribunal of your city of birth.

 

Bermuda

Is a police certificate required?
Yes. Please note that police certificates requested from outside Bermuda will be released directly to the Canadian visa office. You must submit all other certificates with your application for permanent residence.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

Apply for a police certificate at:

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

Non-Resident Requests

You will need to submit your request on form SF39. This is available on the Bermuda Police Service website at www.bermudapolice.bm/content/surveys-publications-forms.  Be sure to include a legible and notarized copy of your government-issued photo identification, such as a passport or driver’s license, in addition to a letter from the Canadian visa office requesting the police certificate. Requests should be submitted to:

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

 

Bhutan

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

You will need to request your police certificate from the Royal Bhutanese Police and present your identity card. Non-residents should contact the Royal Bhutanese Police Headquarters by telephone (975-2-322-347/348) or by fax (975-2-322-803).

 

Bolivia

Is a police certificate required?
Yes. Note that you must provide two police reports: one from the local police station (PTJ) and a second from Interpol. In addition, you will need to obtain an address certificate from the local police.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

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

You may obtain police reports upon request at the addresses above. You should include a cédula de identidad number and a set of fingerprints taken by a recognized police authority with your application.

 

Bonaire

Is a police certificate required?
Yes. However, only people who have or had resident status in Bonaire may obtain this document.

How and where do I get one?

In order to obtain the Declaration of Good Conduct (“Verklaring van Goed Gedrag” in Dutch), you will need to provide the following:

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

You must submit your application to:

Politie Bonaire
Kaya Libertador Simon Bolivar #4
Bonaire

Telephone: ++599-717-8000

 

Bosnia-Herzegovina

Is a police certificate required?
Yes. Please note that a court certificate is not acceptable.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

Apply for an Uvjerenje o nekaznjavanju (Certificate of No Conviction) at the police station which represents your place of residency or birth, at the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

In addition to the application form, you will need to present:

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

You may obtain an application form at the police station.

Non-Resident Requests

You may apply in persona at the Bosnian Embassy or consulate. Otherwise, you can authorize a representative in Bosnia-Herzegovina to apply on your behalf.

 

Botswana

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

Apply in person at your local police station.

Non-Resident Requests

You will need to provide your 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

Is a police certificate required?
Yes. Please note that you will need to provide three different certificates, listed below.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

You will need to contact each issuing authority in order to obtain the following three certificates:

  1. A Certidão de Antecedentes Criminais, issued by the federal police. Consult their website at www.dpf.gov.br for instructions.
  2. A Certidão de Antecedentes Criminais, issued by the state authority. Contact the state authority directly, using the local directory for assistance.
  3. A 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

You will need to have a representative in Brazil who has notarized authorization to request the federal and state police certificates on your behalf.

 

British Virgin Islands

Is a police certificate required?
Yes. After you have submitted your request, the police certificate will be sent directly to the Canadian visa office by the Police Headquarters.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

You will need to provide a valid passport, a written request from the Canadian visa office, and the required fees. Apply in person at:

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

Non-Resident Requests

You can apply by mail, in person, or have someone apply on your behalf. The police clearance will either be mailed to you or given in person.

 You will need to include the following:

  • 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

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Apply to the Commissioner of Police with the following:

  • an official request from the Canadian visa office
  • copy of your passport, work permit, and identity card (if available)
  • processing fee in cash or a bank draft, payable to the Commissioner of the Royal Brunei Police Force

Submit your application 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

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

Apply for a Police Clearance Certificate in person at the Regional Court where you are registered.

In addition to your completed application form, you will need to include the following:

  • 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 is provided to most resident citizens who apply in person.

You may find more details, including instructions for the payment of fees, on the Bulgarian Ministry of Justice website at www.justice.government.bg.

Non-Resident Requests

You can apply at the Bulgarian embassy responsible for the country where you live. Alternatively, you may authorize a representative in Bulgaria, with a power of attorney or a certificate of inheritor, who may apply for and receive a Police Clearance Certificate on your behalf.

 

Burkina Faso

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

You will need to present your birth certificate and pay the required fees at one of 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 required 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

Non-Resident Requests

You can only get a certificate if you are in Burkina Faso.

 

Burma

See Myanmar

 

Burundi

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

You may obtain an an Extrait du casier judiciaire by providing a copy of youridentity card, two passport-size photographs and the required 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: As of September 22, 2008, the fees are 1,000 FBU. These fees are subject to change.


C

Cambodia (Kampuchea)

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

You may apply at the Ministry of Justice. Foreign residents need to present a valid passport and visa and their home and work addresses, in addition to paying the required fees.

 

Cameroon

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

You may obtain an excerpt or Bulletin No3 of the criminal record from the trial court in your country of birth.

You will need to file an application with the trial court in your country of birth and pay the appropriate fees. Usually applications can be processed in a single day. You will need to submit the following:

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

Non-Resident Requests

An excerpt or Bulletin No 3 of the criminal record can only be requested from within Cameroon. Please note that the Cameroonian embassies cannot issue this document or help you to obtain one.

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

 

Canada

Is a police certificate required?
A police certificate from Canada will only be required in certain cases. You will be informed by the Canadian visa office if you need a Canadian criminal record check during the processing of your application. If this is required, you may visit the RCMP website for instructions.

Canary Islands

See Spain

Cape Verde

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

You will need to apply with your national identity card for a police certificate from the Department of Justice of Cape Verde, Praia-Cabo Verde.

 

Cayman Islands

Is a police certificate required?
Yes, if you are 18 or older you must provide a police certificate.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

You may obtain a police certificate from the local police authority

Non-Resident Requests

You will need to have a full set of fingerprints taken by a recognized police authority. These should be forwarded with an application that includes your 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 Africa Republic

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

You may obtain a police certificate at the Judiciaire Commissaire.

 

Chad

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

You may obtain a police certificate at the Judiciaire Commissaire.

 

Chile

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

You, along with your dependants who are 18 years of age or older, should apply in person at your local civil registry for the following two documents:

  • a Certificado de Antecedentes para Fines Especiales, and
  • an original Hoja de vida del Conductor, even if you or your dependants have never been issued a driver’s licence.

If you, or your dependants who are 18 years of age or over, served in the military, please provide the following details on a separate piece of paper:

  • dates of service
  • rank
  • unit
  • responsibilities
  • location of service

Non-Resident Requests

You 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 your country of residence.

Please note that there is a fee for this service.

 

China, People’s Republic of

(See also Hong Kong and Macao)

 

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

You will need to submit the original police certificate along with your application for permanent residence. You must include an English or French translation that has been prepared by an accredited translator.

Please note that both residents and non-residents of China are not required to pay a fee to obtain a Chinese police certificate.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

Chinese nationals:

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

Non-Chinese nationals:

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

Non-Resident Requests

In order to obtain a police certificate from the local Public Security Bureau, you will need to ask 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 these documents to the local Public Security Bureau.

 

Colombia

Is a police certificate required?
Yes, a background verifications certificate is required. However, do not apply for that document until you have obtained a file number from the visa office.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests (both nationals and non-nationals)
You will be provided with instructions for obtaining this document from the visa office once you have submitted an application.

Non-Resident Requests

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. They will need to follow the instructions sent to you by the visa office.

Alternatively, you can 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

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

You will need to 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.

 

Congo, Democratic Republic of

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

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

 

Congo, Republic of

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Police certificates are available at the Judiciaire Commissaire.

 

Cook Islands

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

You may obtain a police certificate at the local police stations.

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

Costa Rica

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

A document indicating previous convictions is issued by the Poder Judicial, Dirección Ejecutiva, Registro Judicial. In order to obtain this document, you will need to present a letter from the Canadian visa office requesting the certificate which includes the following

  • full name
  • full names of parents
  • date and place of birth
  • passport or identification number, aliases, etc
  • original identification document or passport
  • applicable fees

Payments for police certificates must be made at Edificio de los Tribunales, ground floor, in front of the Organismo de Investigación Judicial. You need to make your application in person at:

Registro Judicial
Costado Norte del Edificio OIJ
Calle 19, Avenida 6,
San José, Costa Rica
Telephone: 2295-3682

 

Croatia

Is a police certificate required?
Yes. Please note that a court certificate will not be acceptable.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

You can 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 online at www.mprh.hr or at any post office.

Non-Resident Requests

You will need to apply at the nearest Croatian embassy or consulate.

 

Cuba

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

You may 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

You may obtain a Certificado de Antecedentes Penales through Cuban consular offices.

 

Curaçao

Is a police certificate required?
Yes. Please note that only people who have or had resident status in Curaçao may obtain the Declaration of Good Conduct. As well, processing takes two to three weeks.

How and where do I get one?

You must to obtain a Declaration of Good Conduct (“Verklaring van Goed Gedrag” in Dutch). You will need the following documents:

  • proof of resident status in Curaçao (this can be obtained from the Civil Registrar’s Office)
  • a completed form stating the reason for the request
  • the required fees

You must submit your application to:

Hoofd van de plaatselijke politie
Waaigatplein 1
Willemstad
Curaçao
Telephone: ++ 599-9-866-6374

 

Cyprus

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

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

You will need to apply to:

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

 

Czech Republic

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

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 at justice.cz.

You will need to submit the following:

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

Non-Resident Requests

You will need to apply at the nearest Czech embassy or consulate with the required documentation.

D

Denmark (including Faro Island and Greenland)

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests (including Faro Island and Greenland)

Apply in person at any police station.

Non-Resident Requests (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 at www.politi.dk.

 

Djibouti

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

You will need obtain a Certificat de non condamnation or an Extrait du casier judiciaire from the Ministère de la Justice by presenting 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 (fee is subject to change).

 

Dominica

Is a police certificate required?
Yes. However, the certificate will be released directly to the Canadian Immigration Visa Office in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, after you have submitted a written request to the Police Commissioner.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

Apply in person with the following:

  • 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

Non-Resident Requests

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.

In addition to the items listed above, the following should be included in your application:

  • 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

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

You will need to 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

 

Non-Resident Requests

You should contact the office of the Prosecutor General (Procuraduría General de la Republica Dominicana) for instructions.

E

East Timor

See Timor Leste

 

Ecuador

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

You will need to obtain the Certificado de Antecedentes Penales online at http://www.ministeriointerior.gob.ec/certificado-de-antecedentes-penales/

You must 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

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

You will need to apply in person at the local police station for a Legal Status Certificate. You are required to complete the application, provide a passport-size photograph, and pay the required 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

You should apply through an Egyptian embassy or consulate.

 

El Salvador

Is a police certificate required?
Yes. There are two certificates that must be provided: the Solvencia de la Policía and the Certificado de Antecedentes Penales.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

You will need to 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 their Documento 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

Additionally, you will need to 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

 

Eritrea

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

Police certificates are available for nationals who have done national service or foreign residents with a proper residence permit. You will need to present your identity card or passport and a letter requesting the certificate from the Canadian High Commission, and pay the required fees. Submit your application to:

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

Non-Resident Requests

You should designate a representative with power of attorney to make the application in Eritrea on your behalf. Certificates may then be received at the nearest Eritrean embassy.

 

Estonia

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

All required documents can be sent by e-mail or by regular mail to:

Criminal Record Registry
Police and Border Guard Board (Politsei –ja Piirivalveamet)
Pärnu mnt 139
15060 TALLINN
ESTONIA
Telephone: +372 612 3000
E-mail: karistusregister@politsei.ee
Website: http://www.politsei.ee

Alternatively, you may complete an application and provide required documents in person at any service point of Estonian Citizenship and Migration Bureau. Contact information can be found at http://www.politsei.ee/et/kontakt/teeninduspunktid/

 

Ethiopia

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

Apply in person at:

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

Be sure to bring the following 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

Non-Resident Requests

Apply at the address above and include the following 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 

Fiji

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

If your application is being processed at the Canadian Consulate General in Sydney, Australia, you will receive further information once your application for permanent residence has been reviewed.

 Non-Resident Requests

You may request a certificate by mail at:

Criminal Investigation Department,
Police Headquarters
P.O. Box 239
Suva, Fiji

 

Finland

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

To request a Police Clearance for Immigration, send a letter to the National Legal Registrar Office (Oikeusrekisterikeskus), with the following details:

  • your full name (including any previous names);
  • your Finnish personal identity number (henkilötunnus);
  • your place of birth;
  • the reason for your request; and
  • your language preference.

You must sign the letter and include the address where the document and invoice for service fees should be sent.

If you require further information, or to make an application, please contact:

Oikeusrekisterikeskus
P.O. Box 157
FI–13101 Hämeenlinna, Finland
Telephone: +358–(0)3–622 3770
Fax: +358(0)3–622 3783
E-mail: oikeusrekisterikeskus@om.fi
Website: www.poliisi.fi.

 

France

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

You will need to obtain a Bulletin no. 3. For further information, and the online application, please visit www.cjn.justice.gouv.fr

You may also write to:

Casier Judiciaire National
107 rue du Landreau
F-44079 Nantes Cedex 1

 

French Guiana

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

French citizens who were born in French Guiana should apply with proof of identity to:

Tribunal de Grande Instance de Cayenne
Avenue Général de Gaulle
97300 Cayenne

Non-Resident Requests

Non-French citizens and French citizens born outside of French Polynesia should apply by mail for a Bulletin no. 3 at:

Casier Judiciaire National
107 Rue du Landreau
F-44079 Nantes Cedex 1
France

Further information can be found on the website: www.cjn.justice.gouv.fr.

 

French Polynesia

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

French citizens who were born in French Polynesia should apply in person or by mail for a Bulletin no. 3. More information may be obtained from the website: www.cjn.justice.gouv.fr. Applications should be sent to:

Tribunal de première instance
B.P. 115
98713 Papeete Tahiti
Telephone: 00 689 41 55 00

Non-Resident Requests

Non-French citizens and French citizens born outside of French Polynesia should apply by mail for a Bulletin no. 3 at:

Casier Judiciaire National
107 Rue du Landreau
F-44079 Nantes Cedex 1
France

Further information can be found on the website: www.cjn.justice.gouv.fr

  G  

Gabon

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

The police certificate may be obtained from the tribunal.

 

Gambia

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

You will need to present your national identity card to:

The Gambia Police Force
Ecowas Avenue, Banjul
The Gambia

 

Georgia

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

Apply for a police certificate in person or by mail to the Ministry of Internal Affairs at the following address:

Ministry of Internal Affairs
Service Agency
21st km of the Red Bridge Highway
Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia

Non-Resident Requests

You may either apply by writing to the Ministry of Internal Affairs Information Centre, or authorize a relative or friend to act on your behalf in Georgia.

 

Germany

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

A police certificate may be obtained from the Federal Central Register of the Public Prosecutor General at the Federal Court of Justice. German residents need to apply for a police clearance certificate through their local registration office “Meldebehörde”. More information on how to apply for a police clearance certificate is available at www.bundesjustizamt.de

Non-Resident Requests

You should apply in person or in writing for a “Führungszeugnis”:

In writing:
Bundesamt für Justiz
Sachgebiet IV 21 / IR
53094 Bonn
Website: www.bundesjustizamt.de (> Themen > Strafrecht > Bundeszentralregister)

In person:
Bundesamt für Justiz
Besucherservice
Adenauerallee 99 - 103
53113 Bonn
Website: www.bundesjustizamt.de (> Themen > Strafrecht > Bundeszentralregister)

 

Ghana

Is a police certificate required?
Yes, but please note that normally you should wait to apply for the police certificate until you have received a written request from the High Commission in Accra for this document.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

If you live in Ghana, you will need to go in person to the General Police Headquarters of Ghana in Accra, and bring the Canadian visa office’s letter of request. Your fingerprints will be taken at the time of application and there is a processing fee of US $120 cash.

Non-Resident Requests

The applicant will need to appoint either a friend or relative as a representative who will apply at the General Police Headquarters of Ghana in Accra on your behalf. This local representative must complete the application form and submit two passport photos of the representative, a photocopy of the applicant’s passport, and three passport-sized photographs of the applicant abroad.  The applicant’s fingerprints are not required.  There is a processing fee of US $120 cash.

The representative should be prepared to provide details about the applicant including:

  • name, sex, date and place of birth;
  • names of the applicant’s parents (even if deceased);
  • last school attended by the applicant with dates of entry and completion (if illiterate, must be indicated).

The Police Certificate will be given to the local representative to be forwarded to the applicant abroad.

 

Gibraltar

 Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Make a written request for a Certificate of Good Conduct, addressed to:

Commissioner of Police
Police Headquarters
Irish Town, Gibraltar

 

Greece

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

You will need to provide a Penal Certificate for General Purposes, which is issued by the Ministry of Justice. You, or a representative designated to act on your behalf, should apply in person to:

Ministry of Justice
Division of Criminal Records
Mesogion 96
11527 Athens
Greece

If you are a Greek citizen, you may also apply at the local Court of Justice in the area of your residence or birth.

Non-Resident Requests

Apply through the Greek embassy or consulate.

 

Grenada

Is a police certificate required?
Yes. After your request has been submitted, your police certificate will be sent directly to the Canadian visa office in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad by the Police Commissioner.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

Apply in person with two passport-size photographs at:

Criminal Records Office
Police Headquarters
St. Georges, Grenada
Telephone: 473-440-2823

Non-Resident Requests

You may apply in person, by mail or someone may apply for you to the Commissioner of Police at the above address.

You will need to provide:

  • two passport-size photographs
  • a full set of fingerprints taken by a recognized police authority
  • details of periods of residency and previous addresses
  • a stamped, addressed envelope so that the police certificate can be mailed to you

 

Guadeloupe

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

If you are a French citizen born in Guadeloupe, you may request the certificate from one of the following addresses:

Tribunal de Grande Instance de Basse-Terre
Boulevard Félix et Boe
97109 Basse Terre

Tribunal de Grande Instance de Pointe-Pitre
Place Gourbeyre;
97110 Pointe-à-Pitre

Non-Resident Requests

Non-French citizens and French citizens born outside of Guadeloupe should apply by mail, requesting a Bulletin no. 3 at:

Casier Judiciaire National
107 Rue du Landreau
F-44079 Nantes Cedex 1
France

Further information and online application can be found on the website: www.cjn.justice.gouv.fr

 

Guam

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

You will need to obtain a Court Record Clearance from the local police authority.

Non-Resident Requests

Apply in writing to:

Superior Court of Guam Records Division
120 O’Brien Drive
Hagatna 96 910
Guam

 

Guatemala

Is a police certificate required?
Yes. You are required to provide two certificates: the Certificado de Antecedentes Policíacos and the Constancia de Carencia de Antecedentes Penales.

How and where do I get one?

The Certificado de Antecedentes Policíacos is issued by the Comisarías de la Policía Nacional Civil, located in the capital city. You will need to present, in person, the original and a legible photocopy of their Cédula de Vecindad, and pay the applicable fees. Foreign residents must, in addition, present the original and a legible photocopy of their passport and take the certificate to the Legal Bureau of the Civil National Police Headquarters in Guatemala City for legalization (6a. Ave. 14 Calle zona 1). Applicants should apply to one of the following Comisarías de la Policía Nacional Civil:

No. 11: 11 Ave. 4-01 zona 1. Telephone: 2238-0794
No. 12: 16 Ave. 14-00 zona 6. Telephone: 2254-4239
No. 13: 29 Calle 13-36 zona 5, San Pedrito. Telephone: 2331-0203 and 2334-3158
No. 16: Calzada San Juan 1-67 zona 7 de Mixco. Telephone: 2431-3422 or 2431‑3313
Delegación Policía Nacional – Comisaría Modelo: 12 Ave. 7-51, Z. 1, Col. San Miguelito, Villa Nueva. Telephone: 6636-3479

The Constancia de Carencia de Antecedentes Penales may be obtained from the Bureau of Criminal Background (Unidad de Antecedentes Penales) of the Supreme Court of Justice. There is an office located in the capital city (see below) and in the majority of departments of the country. Nationals and residents of Guatemala must present their original Cédula de Vecindad. Foreigners must present their valid passport showing their legal status in the country. If applicants are unable to personally request this certificate, the document may be requested by a lawyer who has been authorized by the applicant. The lawyer must submit the applicant’s original identification document.

Unidad de Antecedentes Penales de la Corte Suprema de Justicia
6 Ave. “A” 9-23 zona 9
Guatemala City
Telephone: 2248-7365

 

Guernsey

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Contact the Guernsey Police at:

Central Records Office
Police Headquarters
Hospital Lane
St. Peter Port, Guernsey
GY1 2QN

 

Guyana

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

If you are from New Amsterdam, you must submit your application locally. Otherwise, you should apply to the Georgetown Clearance Office. For the application, you must submit:

  • three photographs
  • the processing fee
  • a right thumbprint taken at the time of application

Submit your application to:

Georgetown Clearance Office
Eve Leary Kingston
Georgetown, Guyana
Telephone: 592-226-9834

Non-Resident Requests

You should contact a Guyana high commission or embassy or apply to the address above.

 

Guinea Bissau

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

With your national identity card, you will need to apply for a casier judiciaire to the tribunal of the region where you reside.

 

Guinea Conakry

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

You must obtain a Certificat de non poursuite judiciaire, which is issued by the Court of Appeal in Conakry near the presidential palace (SEKOUTOUREYA), if you are a Guinean citizen living in other cities and you cannot go to Conakry immediately.

Or

If you are a Guinean citizen born in Conakry, you must obtain a criminal record extract issued by the Court of First Instance in the city where you were born.

When you apply, you must pay all fees and present your birth certificate, your national identity card or your Guinean passport.

Non-Resident Requests

Certificates may only be obtained within Guinea Conakry.

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Haiti

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

You will need to obtain a police certificate form the DCPJ (Direction centrale de la police judiciaire d’Haiti) in Port-au-Prince. To do so, you will need to submit the following documents in person:

  1. A receipt from the "Direction générale des impôts" (a small fee applies);
  2. Four copies of a recent identification photograph;
  3. Two separate identification documents with photograph (e.g., passport, electoral card, etc.); and
  4. Your fingerprints (taken at the DCPJ).

While not guaranteed, it normally takes three days for the certificate to be issued.

Non-Resident Requests

To apply for a police certificate outside of Haiti, you will need to have a contact person there (friend, family member, etc) who can request the police certificate on your behalf. You will need to send the following documents to your contact person:

  1. Four copies of a recent identification photograph;
  2. A copy of the first page of your passport (page with name and passport number);
  3. A copy of your birth certificate (“Acte de naissance” if you were born in Haiti);
  4. A document from Citizenship and Immigration Canada stating that you must obtain a Haitian police certificate; and
  5. Your fingerprints (Note: The applicant who lives outside Haiti must have his fingerprints taken at a police station in his or her place of residence [subject to local rules and procedures] or at the closest Haitian consulate).

Your contact person in Haiti will them submit these documents to the DCPJ in Port-au-Prince.

While not guaranteed, it normally takes three days for the certificate to be issued.

For more information, please visit the DCPJ website at ww.policenationalehaiti.org/welcome.php?page_id=32

 

Honduras

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

You may obtain a Constancia de Antecedentes Policiales from the Dirección General de Investigación Criminal (DGIC) in Comayaguela. This will cover the whole country. Please note that you may only request the certificate in person, or through a lawyer with notarized authorization. If you are a resident or national of Honduras, you must present the original and one photocopy of your identification document. Otherwise, you must present the original and one photocopy of your passport.

Dirección General de Investigación Criminal (DGIC)
Barrió Villa Adela
5 Ave, 17 y 18 Calle
Comayaguela, D.C., Honduras
Telephone: 225-2410

Juzgados de lo Penal or court certificates are issued by the Poder Judicial. You must apply in person, or send a representative on your behalf with your identification card and proof of payment of the processing fee. This processing fee is payable through the Banco Atlantida. Non-citizens must present a copy of their passport and proof of payment.

Poder Judicial
Barrio la Granja
Boulevard Comunidad Económica Europea
Comayaguela, M.D.C., Honduras
Telephone: 225-5196

 

Hong Kong

Is a police certificate required?
Yes. The certificate will be released directly to the Canadian Consulate General. If this request was made by a CIC office in Canada or another overseas visa office, the certificate will be sent directly to that office.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

You will need to apply for a Certificate of No Criminal Conviction (CNCC) in person. You have to provide the following:

  • your Hong Kong identity card or valid travel document
  • the original letter from the Canadian Consulate General requesting the certificate;
  • the original and a photocopy of the documents proving your relationship with the Principal Applicant for the visa application if the letter from the Canadian Consulate General does not contain your name (for dependents of the Principal Applicant only); and
  • the processing fees of 180$HK (Fees are subject to change)

Please note that fingerprints will be taken at the time of application. You may download application forms and instructions from www.police.gov.hk/ppp_en/08_forms/ and submit them to:

Certificate of No Criminal Conviction Office
14/F, Arsenal House
Police Headquarters
1 Arsenal Street
Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Telephone: (852) 2860 6557
Fax: (852) 2200 4321
E-mail enquiries: eo-cncc-ib@police.gov.hk

Non-Resident Requests

Please visit the website of the Hong Kong Police Force for instructions (http://www.police.gov.hk/ppp_en/08_forms/). Be sure to provide a letter with a clear return address from the CIC office in Canada or overseas office that is requesting the police certificate.

 

Hungary

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

You may submit an application for an Official Certificate of Good Conduct by mail or electronically. You may obtain application forms and fee information (cheque) at post offices in Hungary. The completed forms and the fee should be sent by registered mail to:

Közigazgatási és Elektronikus Közszolgáltatások Központi Hivatala
Bűnügyi Nyilvántartó Hatóság (Criminal Records Authority)
1476 Budapest, Pf. 380.

Alternatively, you may submit your application electronically by using the Client Gate (http://www.nyilvantarto.hu/en/web_assistant). The fee payment can be done by bank transfer to the Central Office for Administrative and Electronic Public Services’ bank account: 10023002-01451935-00000000

If you require priority service (1 to 5 working days) you may submit your application in person at the Client Service Centre of the Criminal Records Authority (Address: 1097 Budapest, Vaskapu utca 30/A) during opening hours.

Non-Resident Requests

You will need to contact the nearest Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary through the foreign representations abroad.

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Iceland

Is a police certificate required?
Yes. Certificates are available to all citizens and residents or former residents who have an Icelandic identification number.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

Citizens

Apply in person and pay the required fees at:

Office of the Reykjavik Police
Reykjavik Police
Borgartun 7, 105
Reykjavik, Iceland

Non-Citizens

Apply for a police certificate (Sakavottord) at the District Commissioner of Police (Syslumandur) in the town of your present or former residence.

Non-Resident Requests

You will need to give a written notarized authority to a representative in Iceland to request the certificate on your behalf, in person.

For more information, please visit the following website: www.logreglan.is

 

India

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

Districts other than the Punjab

Contact the local Senior Superintendent of Police/ Superintendent of Police/ Commissioner or Deputy Commissioner of Police, the Additional Commissioner of Police, or the Station House Officer. Please note that police clearance certificates issued by the Regional Passport Office are also acceptable.

Residents of the Punjab

Only the Senior Superintendent of Police or the Regional Passport Office may sign a Police Clearance Certificate.

Non-Resident Requests

Contact the Indian embassy or consulate.

 

Indonesia

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

You will need to obtain a Surat Keterangan Kelakuan Baik (SKKB) from the police authority of your area of residence. Indonesian residents will need to provide their identity card, family card, birth certificate and a letter from the head of their community and sub-district.

Non-Resident Requests

Former foreign residents will need to provide the following:

  • a copy of their passport
  • a copy of KITAS (Work Permit)
  • a copy of SKLD (Yellow book/police report)
  • a letter form their previous employer
  • other documents related to employment while in Indonesia
  • three 4x6 colour phorographs
  • a full set of fingerprints
  • the required fees

Please note that the Indonesian police will not issue certificates to those who do not have KIMS and SKLD. You may authorize a third party to process the certificate from the local police office in the city where you used to live. If you lived in Jakarta, you should apply to:

Director INTELKAM
Attn. KASI YANMIN
POLDA METRO JAYA
Jalan Jendral Sudirman Kav. 55
Jakarta Selatan
Telephone: (62-21)523-4332

 

Iran

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

Apply for a police certificate at one of the POLICE+10 centres (in Persian only). If you are an Iranian national, you will need to present:

  • an original National Card
  • a birth certificate (Red Booklet – Shenasnameh)
  • two colour photographs (3x4 cm) with plain white background,
  • an Iranian passport with a copy of the first page of the passport if available (otherwise, a letter of introduction from the embassy is required),
  • the fee of 35,000/ – Rls.

Please note that these requirements are subject to change. For up-to-date instructions, you may consult the following website (in Persian only): http://epolice.ir/

If you are a non-Iranian living in Iran or are living in Iran as a refugee, you must present either your Iranian residency card or an Iranian Laisser Passer to one of the Alien Bureau Offices. They will them provide a letter of introduction which you will present to one of the POLICE+10 centres.

Non-Resident Requests

Apply at the nearest Iranian embassy.

 

Iraq

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

You will need to present your identification card or passport in person at any Criminal Investigation Department in Iraq. Fingerprints will be taken.

Non-Resident Requests

Apply for a police certificate at the consular section of the nearest Iraqi embassy.

 

Ireland, Republic of.

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

Apply in person at the local Garda Síochána Station (police). You will need to present the following:

  • your full name;
  • your date and place of birth;
  • your current and all previous Irish addresses;
  • the purpose of the request (e.g., for a visa application to the Canadian High Commission); and
  • a stamped, self-addressed envelope.

For more information, please visit the following website: http://www.garda.ie/

NOTE: You may have a representative apply on your behalf. They will need to present a witnessed statement which indicates your consent to the release of information.

Non-Resident Requests

You will need to apply in writing (by post) to the superintendent who is in charge of the district covering your area of residence when you were living in the Republic. For contact information, please visit the following website: http://www.garda.ie/Stations/Default.aspx

You will need to provide the following:

  • your full name;
  • your date and place of birth;
  • your current and all previous Irish addresses;
  • the purpose of the request (e.g., for a visa application to the Canadian High Commission); and
  • a stamped, self-addressed envelope.

If you do not know the address, you will need to write to the Garda Síochána Station with the name of the town and the county of previous residence. Your request will be forwarded to the District Superintendent.

 

Israel

 Is a police certificate required?
Yes. The police certificate, Teudat Yosher, will be directly released upon the applicant’s request either to the Canadian Embassy in Tel Aviv or an Israeli embassy abroad.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

Apply at the nearest police station. You will need to complete application form #3019 and provide a copy of your passport’s first page and present your identity card or passport and your visa file number. A designated representative may apply for a police certificate on the applicant’s behalf with an authorization letter from the applicant (notarization is not necessary).

Applicants residing in Jerusalem (East or West) or in the Golan Heights should apply for an Israeli police certificate.

Non-Resident Requests

Apply at the nearest Israeli embassy or consulate. The police certificate may be sent either to the Canadian Embassy in Tel Aviv, or to the Israeli Embassy or consulate abroad.

 

Italy

Is a police certificate required?
Yes. Two certificates are required: the Certificato penale generale del casellario giudiziale, and the Certificato dei carichi pendenti rilasciati dalla della Procura della Repubblica presso il Tribunale di residenza per uso emigrazione.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

The two certificates are issued by the Office of the State Attorney, Judicial Records (Procura della Repubblica-Casellario Giudiziale) in Rome. You will need to apply in person or in writing to the local Office of the State Attorney or to the general office in Rome (see below). You may find local Courts of Procura offices, along with the relevant application forms, at the Ministry of Justice website (www.giustizia.it/).

Procura della Repubblica, Casellario Giudiziale
Piazzale Clodio 1
00100 Roma (RM)
Italy

Non-Resident Requests

Apply in writing to the Procura della Repubblica or at the nearest Italian consulate or embassy.

 

Ivory Coast

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

Citizens

Apply for a police certificate at the court in the region where you were born. You will need to provide the original and a photocopy of your birth certificate, along with your resident certificate or an address on the back of your application. You must also pay the required fees of 1000 cfa.

Non-Citizens

Apply for a police certificate at the Department of Foreign Affairs. You will need to provide your residence certificate, your birth certificate, and pay the required fees of 1000 cfa.

NOTE: The certificate will be valid for three months

Non-Resident Requests

Citizens

You should have a representative request the certificate on your behalf at the court in the region where you were born. Your representative will need to present the original and a copy of your birth certificate, along with the required fees.

Non-Citizens

Contact the closest Embassy of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire.

J

Jamaica

Is a police certificate required?
Yes, if you are 18 or older you must provide a police certificate.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

Apply in person at the following address:

Ministry of National Security
Mutual Life Building - North Tower
2 Oxford Road, Ground Floor
Kingston 5
Jamaica

To complete your application, you will need the following:

  • your valid passport
  • two identical passport-size photographs
  • pay the applicable fees. Fees are $1000JMD (normal service) or $2000JMD (express 1 week service). Note that Fees are subject to change.

You will be issued a receipt, which you must then bring to:

The Criminal Records Office
Police Certificate Section
34 Duke Street, Kingston
Jamaica

NOTE: You may be required to submit fingerprints for your application. If so, please follow these instructions:

  • Go to the police station closest to where you live.
  • Bring a valid passport.
  • Request that your fingerprints be taken on the prescribed Jamaican Police form.
  • Advise the police officer that the fingerprints are required for immigration purposes.
  • The police officer will affix the Police Station's stamp and seal to the form on which the fingerprints are taken and return it to you.

Non-Resident Requests

You may either apply in person or ask a representative to act on your behalf in Jamaica. Your application needs to be submitted to:

Assistant Commissioner of Police
Criminal Investigation Branch
East Queen St.
P.O. Box 462
Kingston, Jamaica

You will need to include the following with your application:

  • If you are applying from Canada, submit your complete mailing address in Canada so that the police certificate may be mailed directly to you.
  • Two photographs
  • The applicable fees in the form of a manager’s cheque or a bank draft. Fees are $1000JMD (normal service) or $2000JMD (express 1 week service). Note that fees are subject to change.

 

Japan

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

Apply at the Prefectural Police Headquarters Identification Section where you live. You will need the following:

  • a letter of request from the Canadian visa office (http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/pdf/pub/japan_police_certif.pdf)
  • you may also obtain this letter directly from the Canadian Visa Office in Tokyo if your application was submitted to them.
  • a set of fingerprints.

 

Residents of Tokyo will need to contact the Police Certificate Sub-section at the address below for more instructions on the documents required to apply:

The Police Certificate Sub-section
1st Foreign Affairs Section
Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department
2-1-1, Kasumigaseki
Chiyoda-Ku
Tokyo, Japan

Non-Resident Requests

Apply at your local Japanese Embassy or Consulate.

 

Jordan

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

You can obtain a police certificate at the General Intelligence Department / Abdali in Amman. Be sure to ask for the police certificate form for travel abroad. You will need to present two passport photographs, a copy of your passport and fee stamps.

General Intelligence Department telephone:
962 6 586 5131

Non-Resident Requests

Apply for a police certificate through any Jordanian embassy abroad by presenting two passport photographs, a copy of your passport and fee stamps.

K

Kazakhstan

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Apply at your local Public Service centre. Police certificates are issued by a regional or the main Department of Special Records of the Committee of Legal Statistics and Special Records, Office of Prosecutor General in Astana (www.pravstat.kz)

If you are living outside of Kazakhstan, you may also apply to the Consular Section of the nearest Embassy of Kazakhstan.

 

Kenya

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Citizens

You will need to present the following at the divisional CID offices for the area where you live in Kenya:

  • a clear photocopy and the original of your second-generation ID card
  • fees in the amount of KSH 1000

NOTE: Kenyan passports are not accepted, and these fees are subject to change.

Non-Citizens

You will need to submit an original or certified copy of your passport with documentary proof of residence in Kenya, and the fees of KSH 1000, to the following address

Criminal Investigation Department Headquarters
Mazingira House, Kiambu Road
Nairobi, Kenya

NOTE: These fees are subject to change.

 

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Obtain a Police Clearance Certificate (CR Form 16) from the local police authorities.

 

Korea, Republic of (South)

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

You will need to request a Criminal History Information Record –  Bumjoi Gyung-ryuck ·Soosa Gyung-ryuck Jo Hoi Hoibo-seo (범죄경력 · 수사경력조회 회보서) – from the nearest police station. All police certificates must indicate that all records have been searched, including any lapsed records, and original police certificates must be submitted.

Non-Resident Requests

You will need to request a Criminal History Information Record –  Bumjoi Gyung-ryuck ·Soosa Gyung-ryuck Jo Hoi Hoibo-seo (범죄경력 · 수사경력조회 회보서) – from a police station in Korea. Immediate family members such as parents, spouses and siblings may request a certificate on your behalf. All police certificates must indicate that all records have been searched, including any lapsed records, and original police certificates must be submitted.

 

Kosovo

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

Send an e-mail to the following governmental address: info@kosovopolice.com. Attach a scanned copy of your passport and indicate the period of stay in Kosovo. Alternatively, a close family member can apply on your behalf in Kosovo.

Non-Resident Requests

You may have either a close family member or a representative certified by the court or notary apply on your behalf in Kosovo. Representatives will need to present a birth, marriage or family composition certificate issued by UNMIK (United Nations Interim Administrative Mission in Kosovo).

 

Kuwait

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

Apply in person and provide the following:

  • a request from the Canadian Embassy;
  • two photographs;
  • a copy of your passport; and
  • a copy of your resident visa in Kuwait.

NOTE: There are no required fees.

Address:

Department of Criminal Evidence
Ministry of the Interior
Farwaniya District
Kuwait
Telephone: +965 2 434 1520
Location: Al Dagig area in front of Kuwait Airways

Non-Resident Requests

In this case, you have several options. You may return to Kuwait to apply for the police certificate. Or, you may send a representative (with a power of attorney to authorize him or her to act on your behalf) to apply for the police certificate. Alternatively, you may obtain certificates from a Kuwaiti embassy or consulate by providing the documents listed below.

The following documents are required for your application:

  • a request from the Canadian Embassy;
  • a copy of the passport you used in Kuwait;
  • a copy of your old or expired resident visa in Kuwait;
  • four photographs; and
  • applicable fees (these are subject to change)

 

Kyrgyzstan

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

Apply at the following address:

Ministry of Internal Affairs of Kyrgyzstan
Main Information centre
469, Frunze Street
Bishkek 720040
Kyrgyzstan

Non-Resident Requests

Apply at the Consular Section of the nearest Embassy of Kyrgyzstan.

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Laos

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

Apply at:

Ministry of Justice
That Luang Road
Vientiane City
Laos P.D.R.
Telephone: 021-415523 (Protocol Division) or
021-414107 (Administration and Management Division)

Non-Resident Requests

If you are a Laotian national, apply at the nearest Laotian embassy or consulate. Former foreign residents will need to apply directly to the Ministry of Justice in Vientiane.

 

Latvia

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Apply for a Criminal History Check in person by presenting your identify document and paying the required fees at the Information Centre of the Ministry of Interior. You may also obtain a translation into English for a further fee.

Ministry of Interior Information Centre
Bruninieku Street 72b
LV 1009
Riga, Latvia
Telephone: 3717 208 218

 

Lebanon

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

All residents of Lebanon (including Lebanese, non-Lebanese and refugees recognized by the UNHCR) may obtain a police certificate. These are issued by the Judicial Department of the Interior Security Forces for a fee. The fee is currently L.L 2000 LBP. Generally the police certificates will be issued on the same day.

Lebanese Nationals

Provide a copy of one of your Lebanese identification documents, such as a passport, the Family Civil Extract, the Individual Civil Extract and/or the Lebanese identity card.

Non-Lebanese Nationals (other than Palestinian Refugees)

Those living in Lebanon need to provide a copy of their Residency Permit and passport.

Palestinian Refugees living in Lebanon

You will need to provide one of the following:

  • the Family Registry special for Palestinian Refugees registered in Lebanon
  • the Individual Registry special for Palestinian Refugees registered in Lebanon and/or
  • a passport (Document de Voyage pour les Réefugiés palestiniens).

There are five different police stations in Lebanon where police certificates are issued:

  • (Central), located in Furn El Chebback Street in Beirut.
    Telephone: 01/292880 – 01/292885;
  • Tripoli (North), located in El-Tell Brigade in Tripoli. Telephone: 06/440315;
  • Saida (South), located at the Serail of Saida. Telephone: 07/720051;
  • Nabatieh (South), located at the ISF compound in Nabatieh.
    Telephone: 07/531221; and
  • Zahlé (Bekaa Valley), located at the Zahlé Serail. Telephone: 08/805045.

NOTE: The area code in Lebanon is 961.

For further information, please visit the ISF (Interior Security Forces) website at http://www.isf.gov.lb/English/Header/HomePage/Pages/Homepage.aspx

Non-Resident Requests

If you are a Lebanese citizen living abroad and you have no criminal record in Lebanon, you may obtain a police certificate at the Lebanese embassy or consulate in your country of residence. You may also ask a relative (spouse, sibling, parent and / or child over 18 years of age) who is living in Lebanon to submit, on their behalf, a request for a Police Certificate to the Judicial Department, Directorate General of the Interior Security Forces in Lebanon.

 

Lesotho

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Apply in person at your local police station.

 

Liberia

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Apply at the Ministry of Justice in Monrovia.

 

Libya

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

If you are a citizen, you may obtain an Anthropometrical Record at the local police station of your place of residence (or former residence) in Libya. If you are a foreign national, you may request police certificates from the Police Headquarters in Tripoli.

 

Liechtenstein

See Switzerland

 

Lithuania

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

Submit an application form, an identification document, and the applicable fees to:

Information Technology and Communications Department
Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Lithuania
Sventaragio str. 2
LT-2600 Vilnius
Lithuania
Telephone: 370 5 2717243
Fax: 370 5 2718921

Non-Resident Requests

Apply at the nearest Lithuanian embassy or consulate.

 

Luxembourg

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

You will first need to complete an application form. This must then be certified by the local Bourgmestre or Échevin Délégué. You may obtain a Certificat de bonnes conduite, vie et moeurs from a local police station. In addition, you should apply for a Bulletin no. 3 in person or by mail. You will need to include the Certificat de bonnes conduite, vie et moeurs, proof of identity and a Letter of Request from the Canadian Embassy. The Letter of Request is available from Appendix B of the Application for Permanent Residence, Paris).

Service du casier judiciaire
12 Côte d’Eich
2010 Luxembourg

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Macao

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Applications can be made in several ways. You may apply in person, have a close relative apply on your behalf with proof of kinship and documentary proof why you cannot apply in person, or you may use a representative with written authorization. Resident Card Identity cardholders need to provide their Resident Identification Card (BIR), along with a full set of fingerprints taken by a recognized police authority, a letter providing full personal details, and payment of the required fees.

Non-Resident Identity cardholders will need to provide proof of connection to Macao. This is either a Residence Permit, Identity Permit of Non-Resident Worker, proof of schooling or proof of application for residence in Macao. In addition, you will need to provide a valid travel document or a valid document for entering Macao, a letter providing your full personal details, a full set of fingerprints, and the required fees. Applications should be sent to:

Criminal Records Section
Judicial Police
P.O. Box 1089
Macau
Telephone: (853) 335462
Fax: (853) 561610
Website: www.dsi.gov.mo/documents/cert_index_e.html

 

Macedonia, Republic of

Is a police certificate required?
Yes. Note that a court certificate will not be accepted.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

You will need to obtain a Uverenie za nekaznuvanost (Certificate of no conviction) from your local police station or at the Ministry of Internal Affairs (Ministerstvo za vnatresni raboti).

You may find the application forms at your local police station. You will need to present an identification card.

Non-Resident Requests

Apply in person at the Republic of Macedonian consulate. Alternatively, you may authorize a relative, friend or lawyer to act on your behalf within the Republic of Macedonia.

 

Madagascar

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

You will need to apply for an Extrait de Casier Judiciaire with their passport or a Carte d’Identité Nationale (CIN) and a Certificat de Résidence and pay the required fees. Your application should e addressed to Le Procureur Général, Près de la Cour d’Appel at Antananarivo or to the provincial Tribunal.

 

Malawi

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

Fingerprints are required for this application, which should be made in person at the local police station.

Non-Resident Requests

You will need to provide two photographs, a complete set of fingerprints certified by a recognized police authority and details of residency (dates and addresses) to:

Officer of the Inspector General
Malawi Police
Private Bag 305
Capital City
Lilongwe 3, Malawi

 

Malaysia

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

Individuals who have stayed in Malaysia for one year or more may request a Certificate of Good Conduct. You will need to complete an application form (available at www.kln.gov.my) in duplicate and include the following:

  • two recent passport-size photographs
  • two copies of your identification card
  • two copies of your passport (for foreigners, all pages)
  • a self-addressed envelope with the required stamps
  • an introduction letter from the Canadian visa office (for foreign nationals)
  • the processing fees in cash or postal order in favour of Akauntan Negara Malaysia.

Applications need to be sent to:

Consular Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Malaysia
Wisma Putra
1 Jalan Wisma Putra, Precinct 2
62602 Putrajaya, Malaysia
Telephone: 603-8887-4000 (general line)
Fax: 603-8889-1717

Non-Resident Requests

Contact the Malaysian embassy or consulate.

 

Maldives

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

You will need to download and complete an application form for a police certificate form www.police.gov.mv. Be sure to include all required documents and fees with your signed application, following the online instructions.

If you are unable to collect the police certificate in person at Police Headquarters in Malé, be sure to include a prepaid envelope with your application package. The address is as follows:

Commissioner of Police
Maldives Police Service
Police Headquarters
Malé, Republic of Maldives
Telephone: (960)332-122
Fax: (960) 313-281

 

Mali

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Mali Nationals

Police certificates are issued by the Tribunal or the Prefecture (for locations without a tribunal) at the place of your birth. You will need to bring your birth certificate and Mali identity card with you when requesting your police certificate.

Non-nationals and residents of Mali

You may obtain a police certificate at the Judiciaire Commissaire in Bamako.

 

Malta

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

Apply in person for a Good Conduct Certificate/Certifikat Ta’ Kondotto (Form A) from the Criminal Records Office of your local police district or at the Secretariat, Police Headquarters, in Floriana.

Non-Resident Requests

Apply through the Maltese embassy or consulate.

 

Martinique

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

If you are a French citizen born in Martinique, you may address your request directly to:

Tribunal de Grande Instance de Fort de France
B.P. 633
97200 Fort de France
Martinique

Non-Resident Requests

If you are not a French citizen, or a French citizen born outside of Martinique, you should apply by mail, requesting a Bulletin no. 3 at:

Casier Judiciaire National
107 Rue du Landreau
F-44079 Nantes Cedex 1
France

You may find further information and online applications at the following website: www.cjn.justice.gouv.fr.

 

Mauritania

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Apply in person at the tribunal of the region where you reside in Mauritania, with certified copies of your identity card and birth certificate.

Mauritius

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Citizens of Mauritius

You will need to provide the original and a photocopy of your identity card, your birth certificate and your marriage certificate (if you are a woman).

NOTE: Do not bring a water bill or an electricity bill

Foreign Residents

You will need to provide the original and a photocopy of your passport, proof of resident and any other additional document, such as an identity card, if available.

There is no required fee or any application form that needs to be filled out. Only the documents mentioned above are needed.

Apply to:

The Director of Public Prosecutions
2nd Floor
Renganaden Seeneevassen Building
Jules Koenig Street
Port Louis, Mauritius

 

Mayotte

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

If you are a French citizen born in Mayotte, you may address your request directly to:

Tribunal de première instance
B.P. 106
97600 Mamoudzou, Mayotte
Telephone: 02 69 61 11 15

Non-Resident Requests

If you are not a French citizen, or you are a French citizen born outside of Mayotte, you should apply by mail, requesting a Bulletin no. 3 at:

Casier Judiciaire National
107 Rue du Landreau
F-44079 Nantes Cedex 1
France

You may find further information and online applications at the following website: www.cjn.justice.gouv.fr.

 

Mexico

Is a police certificate required?
Yes. The visa office where you submit your application will contact you when they need this information; it does not need to be submitted with your initial application.

How and where do I get one?

You will need to provide a Certificate from Procuraduría General de la República (PGR). Depending on your situation, the PGR issues two kinds of certificate:

Residents of Mexico

The required certificate is called the Constancia de Antecedentes Registrales. You will be given instructions by the Canadian Embassy in Mexico city to obtain this document while your application is being processed.

Non-Residents

The required certificate is called the Informe de datos registrales. You must follow specific instructions to obtain this form. You will need to send the following:

  1. Two sets of original fingerprints that meet these standards (please see additional details below):
    1. rolled and flat impressions of all ten fingers taken with black ink
    2. full name, date of birth and sex of the applicant
    3. the name and address of the police agency
    4. the signature of officer taking the fingerprints.
    5. Three photographs of the front, and three of the right profile: passport size (With no makeup, earrings, glasses, beard, moustache, sideburns—no exceptions)
    6. One legible copy of your passport’s bio-page (the page where your picture and full name appear).
    7. State your file number, your name, date of birth, and the name of the visa office, Canadian embassy or consulate or Case Processing Centre where your file is.

 

To have your fingerprints taken:

If you are in Canada, please contact a fingerprinting agency, or go to the closest local police station. For all other countries, please go to the closest local police station. Additionally, in some countries the Mexican Embassy or Consulate will be able to assist you.

Do not send any other documents or provide any payments.

Send all of the above to:

Immigration Section
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 193
Col. Granada
11520 Mexico, D.F

NOTE : The instructions provided above are only for people who are not in Mexico. If you are in Mexico you must advise the visa office so that the correct instructions can be provided.

Do not send your state police certificates to CIC. These need to be sent directly to the office that is processing your application.

 

Micronesia, Federated States of

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

You will need to apply in person or by mail by completing an application form, presenting your passport and social security number or entry permit number (foreign residents) and paying the required fees. Your application should be made to:

Chief of Police
Pohnei State
Kolonia

 

Moldova, Republic of

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

Submit your application at either the local District Police Station, or at the central issuing institution:

Directia Informatiei si Evidentei Operative
Str. Iacob Hancu nr. 3A
Chisinau, Moldova

You will need to provide the following documents with your application:

  • Moldovan identity card
  • proof of processing fee payment
  • completed Application for a Police Clearance Certificate
  • when applying through a third party, a notarized power of attorney

If you submit your application at a regional police station, it is subject to 10-day processing. If you submit your application in person at the central office, it is usually processed on the same day.

You may find more information at www.mai.gov.md.

Non-Resident Requests

Submit your application to the consular section of the nearest embassy of the Republic of Moldova. Along with the application and fee, you will need to include a copy of your passport which contains the photograph and identifying information.

Alternatively, you may authorize, using a notarized Power of Attorney letter, a person residing in Moldova to submit an application of your behalf.

 

Monaco

Is a police certificate required?
Yes, but only for those of Monegasque nationality, residents of Monaco or those born in Monaco.

How and where do I get one?

You will need to apply for an Extrait de casier judiciaire. To apply, provide a written request indicating the full names of your parents (including your mother’s maiden name), an official identity document, as well as payment of the required fees. If you are a non-resident of Monaco, you must specify the dates of your residence. The request should be sent to:

Palais de Justice de Monaco
Greffe Général
5, Rue Colonel Bellano de Castro
98000 Monaco
Telephone: 93.15.80.00

You may also contact the General Court Registry by email at greffegeneral@justice.mc.

Mongolia

Is a police certificate required?
Yes. The original police certificate needs to be submitted along with your application for permanent residence. In addition, it must be accompanied by an English or French translation that has been prepared by an accredited translator. Note that there is a fee of 1000 Mongolian Tughrik to obtain the original Mongolian police certificate for both local and non-resident requests.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

Mongolian nationals should apply at the local police authorities with your original Mongolian identification card.

Non-Mongolian nationals should apply at the local police authorities with your original passport.

Non-Resident Requests

Obtain a police certificate from the local police authorities by having someone act on your behalf in Mongolia. To do this, you will need to give the person the following:

  • Specific written authorization
  • If you are a Mongolian national, your original Mongolian identification card (not a passport).
  • If you are a non-Mongolian national, your original passport

The person you have authorized to act on your behalf will need to present these documents to the local police authorities.

 

Montenegro

Is a police certificate required?
Yes. Note that a court certificate will not be accepted.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

Apply for a Certificate of No Conviction (Uverenje o nekaznjavanju) at the local police station (Uprava policije, Centar bezbjednosti) where you live. You must provide your identification card (licna karta) and pay the required fees.

Non-Resident Requests

You have several options. Your first option is to authorize a relative or friend to obtain the certificate for you. To do this, you will need to give them a notarized statement which has been translated into the Serbian language and verified by the embassy of Montenegro. The person you have authorized should submit this notarized statement to the police station where you last resided in Montenegro, along with a certified copy of your identification card and the required fees.

Foreigners who lived in Montenegro (other than former Yugoslav nationals) can obtain a police certificate from the Inspector for Foreigners of the local Police Station where they last resided in Montenegro

Alternatively, you can apply for the police certificate at the Embassy of Montenegro closest to where you currently reside.

 

Montserrat

Is a police certificate required?
Yes. After your request has been submitted, your criminal record information will be sent directly to the Canadian visa office in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad by the Police Commissioner.

How and where do I get one?

You will need to provide the following:

  • copy of valid passport
  • $20.00 US draft made to the Accountant General
  • 4 passport size photographs
  • name of parents
  • period of residency in Montserrat
  • address where resident in Montserrat
  • purpose of application

Your application will need to be sent to:

Criminal Investigation Department
Police Headquarters
P.O. Box 177
Plymouth, Montserrat
Telephone: 664-491-2555

 

Morocco

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

Moroccan citizens must obtain a “fiche anthropométrique” from their local police station. They will need their national identity card, and have to pay the applicable fees. They may have someone else apply on their behalf, as long as that person has the citizen’s national identity card.

If you are not a Moroccan citizen, you may obtain a Bulletin no. 3 from the Service central des casiers judiciaires at Place de la Mamounia in Rabat.

Non-Resident Requests

You may obtain a certificate at the Moroccan embassy or consulate. In addition, you may obtain a police certificate by proxy by applying to the Service central des casiers judiciaires at Place de la Mamounia in Rabat.

In order to apply by proxy, you will need to provide the following:

  • a notarized proxy;
  • a photocopy of your birth certificate;
  • a photocopy of the first page of your passport;
  • a photocopy of the page of your passport that shows the date of your most recent entry into Morocco; and
  • a tax stamp for 10 DH.

If you are a Moroccan citizen, you will need to provide your national identity card or photocopies of your passport and birth certificate, as well as information about your stay, your employment and your residence in Morocco.

 

Mozambique

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

If you are a citizen or resident of Mozambique, you must apply for the Repartição do Registro Criminal at the headquarters office of Criminal Records (Registro Criminal) in Maputo (corner of Rua dos Flores and Avenida 24 de Julho), or at the Civil Records (Registro Civil) office located in most provincial capitals. You may obtain a form at these locations when you pay the required fees, and fingerprints will be taken at the time the request is submitted.

Non-Resident Requests

You may designate a local resident who can submit the request at Criminal Records Headquarters in Maputo on your behalf. Proxy forms and applications are available at the same office. In the case of overseas residents, fingerprints are not required. The designation must bear the signature of two witnesses, and the proxy representative is authorized to collect the certificate from Criminal Records once available.

 

Myanmar

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

You will need to apply for a police certificate in person at any local police station.

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Namibia

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

You will need to present your identification card, date of birth, a full set of fingerprints taken by a recognized police authority and payment of the required fees to:

Namibian Police
Criminal Records Centre
Private Bag 12024
Ausspanplatz
Windhoek 9000, Namibia
Telephone: 264-220296/7/8

 

Naura

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

You may apply in person or by mail to:

Office of the Commissioner of Police
Government Offices
Republic of Nauru – Central Pacific
Telephone: +674 4443193, +674 4443161

 

Nepal

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

Contact the local police station or the Police Headquarters at Naxal, Kathmandu, in person, or apply in writing to:

Verification Section, Crime Investigation Department
Police Headquarters
Post Box No. 407, Kathmandu
Nepal

Local Requests

Contact the Nepalese embassy or consulate or write directly to Police Headquarters, Kathmandu.

 

Netherlands

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

Apply for a Certificate of Good Conduct (VOG) from the Ministry of Justice. You may download applications and find further information from the Ministry of Justice’s website: www.justitie.nl/themas/vog.

The completed form, along with a self-addressed envelope, should be mailed to the Canadian Embassy:

The Canadian Embassy
Immigration Section
Laurenzerberg 2
1010 Vienna
Austria

The embassy will sign and return the form to you. Then, you will need to submit the completed form to the local town hall (Gemeente) office in order to obtain the police certificate. Once the certificate is obtained, it will need to be included in your immigration/visa application package.

Non-Resident Requests

You can authorize a representative to obtain the VOG at the Populations/Public Affairs Department of the municipality where you were last registered prior to departure. The person you have authorized should mail the completed form, along with a self-addressed envelope, to the Immigration Section of the Canadian Embassy in Vienna, Austria.

The Canadian Embassy
Immigration Section
Laurenzerberg 2
1010 Vienna
Austria

The Immigration Section of the Canadian Embassy in Vienna will sign and return the form to the person you have authorized. They must then present the completed application form, the embassy’s letter of support, a letter of authority, a copy of your identity document and an identity document of the authorized person, with the required fees to the local town hall (Gemeente) office in order to obtain the police certificate. Once the certificate is obtained, it will need to be included in your immigration/visa application package.

 

New Caledonia

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

If you are a French citizen born in New Caledonia, apply in person or by mail for a Bulletin no. 3. You may obtain more information from the website: www.cjn.justice.gouv.fr. Your application should be sent to:

Tribunal de première instance
Faubourg Blanchot
BP F4
98848 Nouméa Cedex
Telephone: 00 687 27 93 50

Non-Resident Requests

If you are not a French citizen, or a French citizen born outside of New Caledonia, you should apply by mail, requesting a Bulletin no. 3 at:

Casier Judiciaire National
107 Rue du Landreau
F-44079 Nantes Cedex 1
France

You may find further information and online applications at this website: www.cjn.justice.gouv.fr.

 

 New Zealand

Is a police certificate required?
Yes, a criminal history report is required for all applicants aged 17 or older.

How and where do I get one?

You will need to complete and sign Consent to Disclosure of Information (NZ) form, and attach a clear photocopy of your current photo/ID page and signature page of your passport to the form.

Keep the following in mind when completing the Consent to Disclosure of Information (NZ) form:

  • ·         Provide your current or last known New Zealand address as this is required for the processing of your NZ criminal history check
  • ·         Be sure to sign and date the form
  • ·         Attach a clear photocopy of the photo/ID page and the signature page/s of your passport to the Consent to Disclosure of Information (NZ) form. The photocopy of your passport does not need to be certified or notarized.

The completed Disclosure of Information (NZ) form and the copy of your photo/ID and signature pages of your passport must be included in the visa application kit at the time of submission to CIC. The form can be found here: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/security/police-cert/asia-pacific/pdf/instructions_police_NZ-en.pdf

If you are applying in Sydney, Australia:

The CIC office in Sydney that is processing your application will work with the proper authorities to obtain the necessary Criminal History Report on your behalf.

If you are not applying in Sydney, Australia:

The CIC office that is processing your application will send the completed forms to the Immigration section in Sydney, Australia. The officers there will work with the proper authorities to obtain the necessary Criminal History Report on your behalf, and send the report to the Immigration office processing your application.

NOTE: Do not send your Disclosure of Information (NZ) form directly to the New Zealand Police Authorities.

A New Zealand Ministry of Justice certificate or similar document is not an acceptable substitute, except for International Experience Canada (IEC) applicants.

 

Nicaragua

Is a police certificate required?
Yes. You will need to provide two certificates: the Certificado de Conducta or Récord de Policía and a court certificate.

How and where do I get one?

The Certificado de Conducta or Récord de Policía is issued by the Dirección de Servicios Policiales. If you are a national or resident of Nicaragua, you must obtain the certificate from the local police station in your place of residence. This certificate must be requested in person, and you will need to present the original and a photocopy of your identification document and proof of payment of the processing fee. If you are a foreign resident, you may only obtain the certificate from the Asesoría Legal de la Policía Nacional in Managua. You must present a copy of your passport and proof of payment.

Court certificates are issued by the local courts (Juez del Distrito del Crimen) in the city or town where the applicant lives. These must be taken to the Supreme Court of Justice for legalization after they are issued. For further details, you may contact the Supreme Court.

Corte Suprema de Justicia
Km. 7.5 Carretera Norte
Managua, Nicaragua
Telephone: 2233-2128, 2233-1063, 2263-1193

 

Niger

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

Citizens of Niger must send an application for an Extrait du casier judiciaire to the Court of Appeal, at the following address:

Cour d’Appel
BP 231
NIAMEY
NIGER

Foreign or former residents must send an application to the Senior Registrar of the Court of Appeal, at the following address:

Cour d’Appel
BP 231
NIAMEY
NIGER

You will need to provide the following:

  • Extract of your act of birth;
  • Identity card;
  • A document listing your mother’s name; or
  • A passport or national identity card, if you live in a country that is a member of the West African Economic and Monetary Union; and
  • required fees.

Non-Resident Requests

Include a copy of your identity document certified by an embassy or consulate of Niger in your application. You can submit the application yourself, or designate someone you know or someone with notarized authorization to submit it for you. The application should be mailed to the following address:

Cour d’Appel
BP 231
NIAMEY
NIGER

 

Nigeria

Is a police certificate required?
Yes, but the certificate will be released directly to the Canadian visa office upon request.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

Apply in person with your valid passport, two passport photographs and the required fees. Residents of Nigeria should apply to:

Central Criminal Registry
Force C.I.D. Annex
Alagbon Close Ikoyi
Lagos, Nigeria

Non-Resident Requests

Apply by courier to the Commissioner of Police (at the address above), to the attention of Inspector Usman Mohammad (telephone: 08033696178). You will need to provide a pre-paid return courier envelope, a copy of your passport and a set of fingerprints taken and certified by a recognized police authority or the Nigerian embassy or consulate, and an international money order payable to the Nigerian Police Force, CID. You may have the police certificate certified at the nearest Nigerian embassy or consulate for a fee.

 

Norway

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Apply for a Criminal Records Certificate (Politiattest) at your local police station. If you do not currently live in Norway, write to the police station of the district where you last lived in Norway with the following:

  • a completed application form (GP5168B)
  • your personal identification card number (personnummer)
  • a copy of your birth certificate
  • a copy of your driver’s licence
  • a copy of your passport and other identification papers

Address:

Politihuset
Gronnlandsleiret 44
Oslo 1
Norway

Further information may be found on the following website: www.politi.no.

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Oman

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

Apply in person at the following address:

Director of Criminal Investigation
P.O. Box 446
Postal Code 113
Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
Telephone: 00968-24569501
Online: www.rop.gov.om
Location: Al Qurum area, in front of SAPCO

The following documents are required at the time of application:

  • a letter from your Omani sponsor (non-citizens only);
  • a completed application form;
  • a copy of your passport;
  • two photographs (4x4 cm) with a blue background; and
  • applicable fees.

Non-Resident Requests

Former residents have several options. You may return to Oman and apply for the police clearance certificate in person. Or, you can send a representative to apply for the police clearance certificate on your behalf. Finally, you may send your request by mail.

If you choose to apply in person or assign a representative to apply on your behalf, the following documents are required:

  • a copy of your passport, including the pages containing previous residence stamps for the period you stayed in Oman;
  • in the case of a new passport, a copy of the pages which contain the bio-data information, the issue and the expiry dates;
  • two photographs (4x4 cm) with a blue background; and
  • payment of the RO 3.000 fee (subject to change).

Requests made by mail require the following:

  • a letter which indicates your name and mailing address;
  • two photographs (4x4 cm) with a blue background; and
  • a copy of your passport, including the pages containing previous residence stamps for the period you stayed in Oman;
  • a transfer of funds for $12.00 US or its equivalent to the Directorate General of Inquiries and Criminal investigations account number 3106-453888-500, Oman Arab Bank, Qurum Branch;and
  • confirmation of the deposit.

You will need to send your application by express mail to:

Director of Criminal Investigations,
Royal Oman Police,
P.O. Box 446,
Muscat, 113, Sultanate of Oman

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Pakistan

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

Larger Cities

You will need to provide a Police Character Certificate or Police Clearance Certificate. The application forms are available at the “Town” or “City Police Office” of your area. The “Town” or “City Police Officer” will issue the required certificate directly to you. A fee may apply. 

Smaller cities, towns or rural areas

You may request an application form from the local district office of the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) of the Police Security Branch. The required certificate will be issued directly to you.

If you live in a Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA) in Pakistan or in areas where there is no police presence

The instructions below should be followed if you live in one of the seven agencies of the FATAs or in areas where there is no police presence.

The seven FATA agencies are:

  • Khyber Agency
  • Mohmand Agency
  • Bajaur Agency
  • Orakzai Agency
  • Kurram Agency
  • North Waziristan Agency
  • South Waziristan Agency

Each of these agencies is divided into Tehsils where there is a non-gazetted officer (Tehsildar) and a gazetted officer (Assistant Political Agent). The administrator in charge of the agency is usually the Political Agent.

Obtain a clearance from the Tribal Elders and forward it to the Tehsildar in your area. The Tehsildar forwards the clearance to the Assistant Political Agent (or sometimes the Political Agent).

The clearance certificate is issued from the office of the Assistant Political Agent (or sometimes the Political Agent).

Non-Resident Requests

In general, you can obtain a Character Clearance Certificate or Police Clearance Certificate directly from the local district office of the Senior Superintendent of Police of the Police Security Branch for the area from which the Character Clearance Certificate or Police Clearance Certificate is required.

In order to obtain this, non-nationals or non-residents may need to present the following:

  • Attested photocopies of their passport, including all the pages showing their legal stay in that country
  • Attested photocopy of their National Identity Card
  • Two passport-size photographs
  • Authority letter in the name of their blood relative to obtain this clearance certificate on their behalf
  • Affidavit on 20 Rs judicial stamp paper from the relative who will obtain the clearance certificate, stating that they will receive the clearance certificate on behalf of the relative overseas

Those who are not physically present in Pakistan are advised to contact the nearest embassy or consulate (general) of Pakistan for assistance in obtaining police certificates.

NOTE: The Canadian High Commission in Islamabad cannot assist you in this regard.

 

Palestinian Authority

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Apply at the office of the Ministry of Interior located in your district of residence. You will need to provide a copy of your identification card and two passport photographs, and pay the required fees.

 

Panama

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

You may obtain a Record Policivo from the Departamento de Autenticación y Legalización del Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores. You may either apply in person or send a representative on your behalf with a copy of your identification document (or passport of you are a foreigner). You or your representative must complete the form provided by the Departamento de Autenticación y Legalización del Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores on the day of the request and present a photocopy of your passport or Cédula. The Departamento de Autenticación y Legalización del Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores will forward the request to the Policía Técnica Judicial (PTJ). Fiscal stamps, purchased from Banco Nacional, to pay the processing fee and legalization fee should be provided at the time of document collection.

Departamento de Autenticación y Legalización
Avenida Ricardo J. Alfaro, Edificio Plaza Edison Local # 15
Panama
Telephone: (507) 511-4045/4046
Fax: (507) 511-4061
Website: www.mire.gob.pa

 

Papua New Guinea

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Apply for a character check by mail. You may obtain an application form from the local police, and return it to:

National Criminal Records Office
Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary
P.O. Box 85
Konedobu, NCD

 

Paraguay

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

Apply for a Certificado de Antecedentes at the Policía Nacional, Departamento de Identificaciones in Asuncion. You may either apply in person, or through a representative authorized in writing to act on your behalf. You will need to present your Cedula de Identidad document.

Non-Resident Requests

You can apply through the Paraguyan embassy or consulate, or you may fax or mail a copy of your cedula and a written authorization to a close relative (father, mother, son, daughter or spouse) to apply on your behalf.

 

Peru

Is a police certificate required?
Yes. You will need to provide three different documents: police, penal and judicial certificates.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

Police certificates are available from the Policía Nacional del Perú (PNP) at the local police stations. If you are a Peruvian citizen, you must present proof of payment from the Banco de la Nación and your original DNI with two copies. If you are not a Peruvian citizen, you must provide your Carnet de Extranjería number.

Penal certificates can be obtained at:

Registro Nacional de Condenas
Av. Abancay cdra. 5, 1er piso
Lima 1, Peru

Judicial certificates can be obtained at:

Registro Nacional de Condenas
Av. Abancay cdra. 5, 4to piso
Lima 1, Peru

Non-Resident Requests

You will need to include a set of fingerprints taken by a recognized police authority of your country of residence. You may obtain a police certificate by contacting the nearest Peruvian embassy or consulate or by writing to:

Policía Nacional del Perú (PNP)
Av. Aramburu 550
San Isidro, Peru

You may also have a family member or friend who resides in Peru request a police certificate on your behalf.

 

Philippines

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

You will need to apply in person and pay the required fees at the local National Bureau of Investigation (NBI). At the time of application, fingerprints and photographs will be taken. The certificate must have a thumbprint and include a dry seal.

Non-Resident Requests

You may apply to the nearest Philippine embassy or consulate. Your application needs to include a full set of fingerprints taken and certified by the recognized police or law enforcement agency of the applicant’s place of residence, with two black-and-white photographs (2x2 in.). Or, you can apply directly to the National Bureau of Investigation head office at:

National Bureau of Investigation
Identification and Record Division
Room 109, NBI Complex
Taft Avenue, Manila
Philippines

 

Poland

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

Make an enquiry to the National Penal Register of the Ministry of Justice (address below) and pay the required fee.

Krajowy Rejestr Karny ul.
Czerniakowska 100
00-454 Warsaw
Telephone: +48 22 39 76 200

Enquiries can also be made at one of the information offices of the National Penal Register located in courts throughout the country (http://ms.gov.pl/).

You may find enquiry forms and more information at the Polish Ministry of Justice website: http://ms.gov.pl/

Non-Resident Requests

You may either apply at the nearest Polish embassy or consulate or authorize a representative in Poland to act on your behalf.

 

Portugal

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

You will need to complete Form 101 and present a valid identity card or passport with the required fees to the Central Registry of the Civil and Criminal Identification Centre - Centro de Identificacao Civil e Criminal, located in major cities (e.g., Lisbon, Coimbra and Porto). In smaller centres such as Azores and Madeira, you will need to apply to the Judicial Delegation or to the local court.

Non-Resident Requests

Apply at the nearest Portuguese embassy or consulate.

 

Puerto Rico

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

You may obtain a police certificate (“Certificado de Antecedentes Penales”) from the Puerto Rican Police Department by mail or online. All necessary information such as forms and addresses is provided by the website below.

For more information and access to the necessary forms, please visit the website of the government of Puerto Rico: http://www.gobierno.pr/citizenportal/040-007-000-000.htm?TRX=040007000000

NOTE: While the website specifically mentions requests from citizens, the Office of the Superintendent has confirmed that non-citizens and non-residents can also obtain such certificates. This website is in Spanish

Q

Qatar

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

You will need to apply in person and provide the following:

  • two photographs (4x6 cm);
  • a copy of all the passports used in Qatar with the dates of entry and departure clearly shown;
  • a copy of your current passport;
  • a copy of your residence permit;
  • 12 Qatari Riyal (fees are subject to change)

Address:

Ministry of Interior
Director of Criminal Evidence and Information Department
P.O. Box 23004
Doha, State of Qatar
Telephone: 974-450-8666
Location: Waab area

Website: www.moi.gov.qa

Non-Resident Requests

You have several options. You may return to Qatar to apply for the police certificate. Or, you can send a representative on your behalf to apply for the police certificate. Finally, you may obtain the certificates from a Qatari embassy or consulate by providing the application documents listed below.

Required documents:

  • a copy of the passport that you used in Qatar;
  • a copy of your old or expired residence visa in Qatar;
  • a copy of your current passport (if applying at a Qatari embassy or consulate);
  • a copy of your current valid residence permit (if applying at a Qatari embassy or consulate);
  • a fingerprint form;
  • two photographs; and
  • 30 Qatari Riyal (fees are subject to change).

 

R

Romania

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

Romanian nationals may obtain a Certificat de Cazier Judiciar by applying in person to the county police inspectorate in their county of birth or residence. Those living in Bucharest should apply to the police precinct in their area of residence.

Applicants are required to present their identity, provide a fiscal stamp (available at any post office) and pay a processing fee. Further instructions and forms are available at: http://politiaromana.ro/acte_necesare.htm.

Foreigners living in Romania should apply in person at the county police inspectorate in their county or precinct in their area of residence.

Non-Resident Requests

Applicants may submit an application to the nearest Romanian embassy. A complete listing is available at www.mae.ro, or applicants may apply through the Inspectoratul General al Politiei in Romania. Police certificate may also be obtained by having a representative in Romania apply on behalf of the applicant. The representative must be given notarized power of attorney.

Romanian police clearance certificates are normally issued between 10 and 30 working days or, for an emergency, in three working days (fees apply).

 

Russian Federation

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

Apply at the Information Centre of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Head Department of Interior Affairs (GUVD) or Department of Interior Affairs (UVD) of your city/region/republic (see “ГУВД и УВД в субъектах России” at www.mvd.ru/contacts/sites/). You will need to request that your police certificate is issued using the standard form according to the instructions of the Ministry of Interior Affairs dated January 2002. Police certificates issued by local militia offices will not be accepted.

Non-Resident Requests

Apply to the Consular section of the nearest Embassy of Russia in your country of residence. If you are a foreigner living outside Russia, you may also apply to the Main Information and Analytical Centre (http://mvd.ru/mvd/structure/unit/information/).

 

Rwanda

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

You will need to obtain an Extrait du Casier Judiciaire from the National Public Prosecution Authority – Department of Criminal Code. You will need to present the application in person.

Citizens will need to provide:

  • proof of identity from your district
  • two passport photographs
  • a copy of your identity card
  • the applicable fees (Rwf 1200 paid at the Rwanda Revenue Authority)

Foreign residents must provide:

  • a letter from your most recent employer stating that you lived in Rwanda and indicating the work you did
  • a passport with visa
  • two passport photographs
  • the applicable fees

Non-Resident Requests

You will need to obtain an Extrait du Casier Judiciaire from the nearest Rwandan embassy.

NOTE: Fees are subject to change.

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Samoa (American)

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

You may obtain a police certificate at the local police station

 

Samoa (Western)

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

You will need to apply by mail. Be sure to include a certified copy of your birth certificate and one passport-size photograph with the application to:

Police, Prisons and Fire Services
Criminal Registration Office
P.O. Box 53, Apia

 

San Marino

Is a police certificate required?
Yes. Citizens of San Marino will need to provide two certificates: a Penal Generale certificate and a certificate of Carichi Pendenti. Foreign residents cannot obtain police certificates.

How and where do I get one?

You can either apply in person or authorize a close relative (parent, child or spouse) to act on your behalf. The Penale Generale certificate and the certificate of Carichi Pendenti may be obtained at the Tribunale Penale of San Marino.

 

Saudi Arabia

Is a police certificate required?
Yes, but only current and past legal residents may obtain the certificate.

How and where do I get one?

The immigration office processing your application will give you a request letter if you need a police certificate. If you have any questions, please contact your immigration process office.

Local Requests

If the Canadian High Commission in London is processing your application, the London visa office will send you a police certificate request letter with instructions on how to apply. You do not need to obtain a police certificate until you have received this letter and instructions.

If the Canadian Embassy in Abu Dhabi is processing your application, the police certificate should be submitted with your application. You will need to contact the visa office for a request letter by fax: (971 2) 694-0396 or e-mail: abu-dhabi-im-enquiry@international.gc.ca. Be sure to include your immigration file number if you have one.

If your application is being processed at any other office, you may obtain a request letter by e‑mail: riyadh.visa@international.gc.ca or fax: 966-1-488-9657. Be sure to include the file number, the office where you applied and your mailing address.

The police certificate request letter will be sent to you by mail. You will need to present the letter, along with valid identification and proof of legal residency in Saudi Arabia to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. If they approve you, you will then apply for the police certificate in person at the relevant police headquarters.

Non-Resident Requests

For information on how to obtain a police certificate, please consult the nearest Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

If your application is being processed in Canada, the Case Processing Centre will send you a police certificate request letter. You do not need to obtain a police certificate until you have received this letter. Please consult the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Ottawa for instructions: http://www.saudiembassy.net/services/document_regulations.aspx

 

Senegal

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

You will need to apply in person to the tribunal representing the region where you reside in Senegal. You will need to provide a certified copy of your identity card and pay the required fees.

 

Serbia, Republic of

Is a police certificate required?
Yes. Note that a court certificate will not be accepted.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

You must obtain an Uverenje o nekaznjavanju (Certificate of no conviction) from the police station in the city and municipality (Ministarstvo Unutrasnjih Poslova, Policijska Uprava.) where you live in the republic of Serbia. You will need to submit an application form and present your identification card (licna karta). You may obtain application forms at police stations.

Non-Resident Requests

You may give a notarized statement to a relative or a friend to apply on your behalf. This statement needs to be translated into the Serbian language and verified by the Embassy of Serbia in the country where you currently reside. The certificate, along with a certified copy of your identification card (licna carta), should be submitted at the police station where you last resided in the Republic of Serbia. Alternatively, you may apply at the Embassy of Serbia closest to where you live.

NOTE: There is an application fee.

 

Seychelles

Is a police certificate required?
Yes. Please note that certificates are not available to foreign residents or former residents who have lived in Seychelles for less than one year.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

Complete an Application for Character Certificate from the Commissioner of Police and submit it to:

Commissioner of Police
P.O. Box 46
Victoria, Mahe
The Seychelles
Telephone: +248-288-000

NOTE: Prints will be taken of both thumbs. You will be required to present either proper identification or your passport. There is no fee for this service and the process will take one week.

Non-Resident Requests

You will need to write to the Commissioner of Police and submit copies or details of your birth certificate, passport, your address while living in Seychelles, and the date you left Seychelles.

 

Sierra Leone

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Apply at the Ministry of Justice in Freetown.

 

Singapore

Is a police certificate required?
Yes, but you will not be able to apply without an official request from an immigration officer. A Certificate of Clearance (COC) request letter will be sent to you by the Canadian immigration office after the submission and review of your immigration application. Without this official request letter, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) will not process a request.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

The Certificate of Clearance (COC) will be issued by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Singapore Police Force (SPF). If you are living in Singapore, you will need to appear in person at the COC office. You will need to present the COC request letter from the Canadian immigration office, along with a completed COC application form and the following required supporting documents:

  • a full set of fingerprints taken by a qualified fingerprint official; fingerprints can be taken at the COC office at the time of application for the COC,
  • a photocopy of your current passport,
  • two recent passport-size photographs, and
  • a bank draft in Singapore dollars for the applicable fees payable to ‘Head Criminal Records CID.’ [Please refer to the Singapore Police Force website (http://www.spf.gov.sg/epc/cert_issued.htm) for the processing fee.]

Non-Resident Requests

If you are residing overseas, submit your application, including all of the documents listed above, by mail to:

Head Criminal Records,
CID (COC Office)
Blk D Police Cantonment Complex
#02-07/08
391 New Bridge Road
Singapore 088762
E-mail: SPF_CID_COC@spf.gov.sg
Website: www.spf.gov.sg

Non-Singapore Citizens

After they have reviewed your application, the Immigration Office will send you a COC request letter along with a COC Appeal Application Form. You must complete the COC Appeal Application Form, along with a COC application Form that you can obtain from the SPF website (see the address above). You will need to complete the forms, provide the required documents listed above, and submit them in-person or by mail to the COC Office. Note that the Certificate of Clearance (COC) will be mailed directly to the Canadian immigration office that has requested the certificate.

 

Slovak Republic

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

A Výpis z Registra Trestov may be obtained in person or through an authorized representative from any office of the public prosecution or any municipality with register by submitting the following:

  • an application form;
  • an original identification card; and
  • a stamp-duty mark covering the processing fees.

If you are a foreign national you will also need to submit your original passport and a certified translation of your birth certificate.

You may find application instructions online at: www.genpro.gov.sk.

For the location of public prosecution offices, please consult the Slovak Republic website (www.genpro.gov.sk).

Non-Resident Requests

Apply at the nearest Slovak embassy or consulate.

 

Slovenia

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

You will need to obtain a Potrdilo iz kazenske evidence (Certificate of the Penal Register). You may find application forms and instructions on the Republic of Slovenia Ministry of Justice website (http://e-uprava.gov.si/storitve/vstop.esju).

You can submit your application in person or by mail at:

Ministrstvo za pravosodje
Župančičeva 3
1000 Ljubljana
Slovenija
Telephone: 01 369 57 01 52 00
Fax: 01 369 56 25 57 83
E-mail: gp.mp@gov.si
website: www.mp.gov.si

Non-Resident Requests

You may make your application at the nearest Slovenian embassy or consulate.

 

Solomon Islands

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

You will need to apply with a full set of fingerprints, a completed application form and the required fees to:

Royal Solomon Islands Police Headquarters
Attention: Criminal Investigation Department Officer
P.O. Box G3, Honiara

 

Somalia

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

If you are located in Somaliland or Puntland, apply to the local police authority.

 

South Africa

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

You will need to apply in person at your local South African Police Service Office. You must provide a completed application form, fingerprints taken by a recognized police authority, and identification document and the required fees. Note that certificates from IDECO are not valid for immigration purposes; you should always request the standard RSA police clearance.

Non-Resident Requests

You will need to provide a bank draft with a completed fingerprint chart which bears the official signature and the stamp of local police to:

South African Police Service
Criminal Investigation Department
Private Bag X308
Pretoria 0001
South Africa

 

Spain

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

APPLICATION: This must be done using Model 790. It can be downloaded from the Criminal Record Certificate page (http://www.mjusticia.gob.es/cs/Satellite/en/1200666550200/Tramite_C/1215326258560/Detalle.html). It is also available for free, at the following locations:

  1. The Regional Offices of the Ministry of Justice (http://www.mjusticia.gob.es/BUSCADIR/ServletControlador?apartado=buscadorGerencias&lang=en_gb)
  2. Civil Registrars throughout Spain (http://www.mjusticia.gob.es/BUSCADIR/ServletControlador?apartado=buscadorGeneral&tipo=RC&lang=en_gb)
  3. In Madrid, at the Central Office of Citizen Services (http://www.mjusticia.gob.es/cs/Satellite/en/1200666550254/Contacto.html)

PROVIDING PROOF OF IDENTITY OF THE PERSON MAKING THE APPLICATION

  1.  
    1. For Spanish people, their original valid National Identification Card (DNI)
    2. If the person is a non-Spanish national, their original valid Residency Card, passport, with a valid visa where applicable, or EU identification document.WHEN USING A REPRESENTATIVE APPLYING ON YOUR BEHALF

If the person is Spanish, the original or a certified photocopy of a valid National Identification Card (DNI)

If the applicant is a non-Spanish national, the original or a certified photocopy of a valid Residency Card, passport, with a visa where applicable, or EU identification document or equivalent

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).

PAYMENT OF THE FEE

Payments made in Spain:

 You will need to take the completed form 790 to a financial entity that works with the Tax Agency to make the payment. Note that practically all financial entities work with the Tax Agency. You will be provided proof of payment by either machine validation or an 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.

Payments made outside of Spain

You will need to 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. You will be provided proof of payment through either machine validation or authorized signature of the financial entity on the “copy for the Administration” part of form 790 which must be sent.
Alternatively, you may deposit the fee amount by bank transfer into the restricted account of the Ministry of Justice and send the original proof of payment together with the “copy for the Administration” of form 790. Details of the Ministry of Justice’s restricted account may be found below.

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 BBVA: BBVAESMMXXX

Fee amount:

Criminal record certificate 2011: 3,54 euros. Note that this amount is updated in January every year.

IMPORTANT: Please ensure that the correct fee amount is paid, as the financial entity will not be able to refund incorrect amounts paid. Requests for reimbursement will require that the interested party initiates a procedure for the refund of undue payment.

Non-Resident Requests

Criminal record certificate applications can be made by post from abroad and sent to:

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

Your application will need to include:

  • The documents which are described in the “Documentation and necessary requirements” section, substituting the original identification documents with true photocopies.
  • Document providing proof of payment of the required fee.
    • You will need to 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. You will be provided proof of payment through either machine validation or authorized signature of the financial entity on the “copy for the Administration” part of form 790 which must be sent.
    • Alternatively, you may deposit the fee amount by bank transfer into the restricted account of the Ministry of Justice and send the original proof of payment together with the “copy for the Administration” of form 790. Details of the Ministry of Justice’s restricted account may be found below.

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 BBVA: BBVAESMMXXX

 

Sri Lanka

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

Apply in person at the main police headquarters in Colombo – 01. In the section of the application form dealing with the period covered by the police clearance, you should request “other” and specify “since birth.”

You may consult the following websites or contact the police for more information:

  • Sri Lanka Police Service (http://www.police.lk/) for general information
  • Downloadable application form (http://www.police.lk/index.php/permits/91-application-for-clearence-certificate).
  • Police Headquarters Colombo - 01
    Telephone: +9411-242 1111, ext. 437

Non-Resident Requests

Nationals of Sri Lanka living in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu can obtain a police certificate at the following address for the time they lived in Sri Lanka:

Consulate of Sri Lanka
9-D Nawab Habibullah Avenue
Anderson Road
Chennai 600 006

Other applicants will need to contact the nearest Sri Lankan embassy or consulate.

 

St. Helena

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

They are available from the Chief of Police in Jamestown.

 

St. Kitts and Nevis

Is a police certificate required?
Yes. After your request has been submitted, your criminal record information will be sent directly to the Canadian visa office in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad by the Police Commissioner.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

Apply in person with the following:

  • valid photo identification
  • any change-of-name documents
  • addresses in St. Kitts and Nevis
  • applicable fees

Address:

Criminal Records Office
Police Headquarters
Basseterre, St. Kitts
Telephone: 869-465-2641

Non-Resident Requests

You can either apply in person, by mail, or have someone apply for you. Apply at the above address, with the following:

  • any change-of-name documents
  • previous addresses in St. Kitts and Nevis
  • a set of fingerprints taken by a recognized police authority
  • a certified photograph
  • applicable fees

 

St. Lucia

Is a police certificate required?
Yes. After your request has been submitted, your criminal record information will be sent directly to the Canadian visa office in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad by the Police Commissioner.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

Apply in person with your photo identification, two passport-size photos and the required fees at the following address:

Police Headquarters
Castries, St. Lucia
Telephone: 758-456-3744

Non-Resident Requests

You can apply in person or by mail or have someone else apply for you. Apply to the Police Commissioner at the address above with the following:

  • a completed application form
  • a set of fingerprints taken by a recognized police authority
  • residency details
  • two passport-size photos
  • applicable fees

 

St. Vincent

Is a police certificate required?
Yes. After your request has been submitted, your criminal record information will be sent directly to the Canadian visa office in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad by the Police Commissioner.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

Apply in person with your photo identification, two passport-size photos and the required fees at the following address:

Criminal Records Office
Police Headquarters
Kingstown, St. Vincent
Telephone: 784-456-1810

Non-Resident Requests

You can apply in person, by mail, or have someone else apply on your behalf. The clearance will be mailed directly to you. Apply to the Police Commissioner with the following:

  • fingerprints taken by a recognized police authority
  • two passport-size photos
  • the applicable fees

 

Sudan

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

You will need to apply for a Certificate of Good Conduct, issued by the Person’s Identification Department in the Sudanese Ministry of Interior. This certificate is a pink form with the fingerprints recorded on the back. You will need to provide your passport, a passport-size photograph and payment of the required fees.

 

Suriname

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

You can obtain a Certificate of Good Conduct (Bewijs van Goedgedrag) at the local district commissioner’s office. You will need to provide the following:

  • two passport-size photographs
  • a certificate of the Registrar’s Office (Burgerlikje Stand)
  • the applicable fees

Police certificates are also available from the police headquarters in Paramaribo.

Telephone: 597-473-111 or 597-474-342

Non-Resident Requests

Apply at a Surinamese embassy or consulate.

 

Swaziland

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

You will need to apply in person at your local police office and provide your full personal details and a set of fingerprints certified by the local police. For more information, you may contact:

Commissioner of Police
P.O. Box 49
Mbabane, Swaziland

 

Sweden

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

You may apply for an extract from the criminal records registry by writing to the Rikspolisstyrelsen. You can find application forms and instructions at www.polisen.se.

RIKSPOLISSTYRELSEN
Utlandsutdrag/BRUD
981 81 Kiruna
Sweden
Telephone: 46 (0) 10 - 56 33501
Fax: 46 (0) 10 - 56 35334
E-mail: brud.rps@polisen.se
Website: www.polisen.se

 

Switzerland

Is a police certificate required?
Yes. Note that this certificate covers both Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

How and where do I get one?

In order to obtain an Extract from Central Police Records/Gesuch um Auszug aus dem Zentralstrafregister/Demande d’extrait du Casier Judiciaire Central/Domanda d’estratto del Caselario Giudiziale Centrale, you will need to provide a completed application along with the original or a copy of an official piece of identification to:

Schweizerisches Strafregister
Bundesrain 20
3003 Berne
Scweiz/Suisse/Svizzera

For further information and the online application, you may consult this website: www.ofj.admin.ch.

The required fees are payable to the Compte de chèques postaux 30-4068-2 at the Bureau Central Suisse de Police in Berne.

 

Syria

Is a police certificate required?
Yes, if you are 18 or older you must provide a police certificate.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

Syrian residents must present their identification card or resident permit and pay the required fees (55 Syrian pounds) to the Ministry of the Interior, Interior Services Forces, Directorate of Criminal Security Department, Criminal Records Branch, Judicial Records Division.

Non-Syrian residents must apply with proof of civil status to the Minister of Interior, Internal Security Forces, Criminal Security Administration, in the Syrian city in which they permanent reside.

Non-Resident Requests

Apply through Syrian embassies abroad.

Note that the fees are subject to change.

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Taiwan

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

You may submit your application to the Taipei City Police Department online, in person, through mail, or by fax. You may consult the Taipei City Police Department website (http://english.tcpd.taipei.gov.tw/lp.asp?ctNode=15874&CtUnit=5608&BaseDSD=7&mp=108002) for downloadable application forms and detailed instructions, including the required documentation and appropriate fees.

Non-Resident Requests

You must submit your application and required documents by mail. The fees will need to be paid through Western Union. You may consult the Taipei City Police Department website (http://english.tcpd.taipei.gov.tw/lp.asp?ctNode=15874&CtUnit=5608&BaseDSD=7&mp=108002) for downloadable application forms and detailed instructions.

 

Tajikistan

Is a police certificate required?
Yes. Note that the police certificate must indicate all names you have used while in Tajikistan. Only original police certificates will be accepted by the Embassy. Print-outs of online search results will not be accepted. Authorities of some former Republics of the USSR may require the following Police Certificate request letter. You may download the letter here:

  • English: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/pdf/PC-request-ENG.pdf
  • French: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/pdf/PC-request-FRE.pdf
  • Russian: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/pdf/PC-request-RUS.pdf

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

Apply at your local police station. Be sure to request that your police certificate is issued by the Information Centre of the Ministry of Interior in Dushanbe (29, Dzerzhinskogo str., Dushanbe. Tel. (992-37) 221-0854, 221-6751, 221-2457) or by an Information Centre of your region: either Sogdyiskaya, Khatlonskaya or Gorno-Badakhshanskaya.

Non-Resident Requests

Apply at the Consular section of the nearest Embassy of Tajikistan.

 

Tanzania

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Apply in person with your full personal details, a set of fingerprints certified by local authorities and the required fees to:

Chief Forensic Bureau
P.O. Box 9094
Dar Es Salaam
Tanzania
Telephone: 255-22-211-0006

 

Thailand

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

Apply in person at the Special Branch of the Royal Thai Police (please see below). If you are a Thai national, you will need to submit the original and one self-certified copy of each of the following:

  • passport
  • national identification card (if applicable)
  • household registration (if applicable)
  • marriage, divorce and name change certificates
  • military record (if any)

You will also need to submit a copy of the request for police certificate issued by  Citizenship and Immigration Canada (if any) and two recent photographs.

If you are a foreign resident, you should submit the original and one self-certified copy of your passport, visa work permit or proof of employment, or proof of stay in Thailand, with two recent photographs.

Police Clearance Service Centre
Commander Special Branch
Royal Thai Police Headquarters
Rama I Road, Patumwan
Bangkok 10330, Thailand
Telephone: +66 (02) 205-2168
Fax: +66 (02) 205-2169
E-mail: pcsc@police.go.th
Website: www.sb.police.go.th

Non-Resident Requests

You will need to submit three sets of original fingerprints with a self-certified copy of the above-mentioned documents, except for photographs, which must be sent as originals. Your fingerprints will need to be taken by the local police, the Royal Thai embassy or the consulate in your country of residence and need to bear the official seal and signature of the person taking the fingerprints. You will also need to submit a pre-paid registered self-addressed envelope.

 

Timor Leste

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

The relevant document is called a ‘Certificado De Registo Criminal’ (Criminal Registry Certificate). You will need to 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

You will need to 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: You will need to apply in person, or provide a proxy, ‘procuração’, for a third party to attend in person on your behalf.

 

Togo

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Citizens of Togo should send requests for prison records to the bailiff (Chef Greffier) of the tribunal of their birthplace or the office that has jurisdiction over your birthplace. The document is called the “Extrait du casier judiciaire.”

Foreigners living in Togo must address their request to the “Cour d’appel de Lomé” and the document is called the “Attestation de Non Condamnation.”

 

Tonga

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

You will need to apply using proof of identity and residence at the local police station or contact:

Officer in Charge of Criminal Record
Central Police Station
P.O. Box 8
Nuku’alofa
Tonga

 

Trinidad and Tobago

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

Apply in person with valid photo identification at:

Police Administration Building
Edward and Sackville Streets
Port-of-Spain
Telephone: 868-627-4140

Non-Resident Requests

Complete an application form and provide the following:

  • a set of fingerprints taken by a recognized police authority
  • a Trinidad and Tobago identification card or passport
  • the applicable fees

You may obtain an application from the Trinidad and Tobago embassies or consulates and can be downloaded at http://ttcgtoronto.gov.tt/.

 

Tunisia

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

You will need to obtain a Bulletin no. 3 from the local police station by presenting your national identity card and paying the required fees.

Non-Resident Requests

Apply at the Tunisian embassy or consulate.

 

Turkey

Is a police certificate required?
Yes, a police certificate is required for all applicants.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

You will need to apply for a police certificate from the General Prosecutor’s office. They have branches located in each city. You must present your birth certificate or passport, if you are a foreign resident. The police certificate needs to include the results of a search of “archived” records.

Non-Resident Requests

Write to the Turkish Republic Ministry of Justice General Directory of Criminal Records Central Office in Ankara:

Turkiye Cumhuriyeti
Adalet Bakanligi
Adli Sicil Genel Mudurlugu
Tuna Caddesi No. 10
Ankara

Alternatively, you may apply to the Turkish embassy in the country where you currently living to obtain a police certificate.

 

Turkmenistan

Is a police certificate required?
Yes, a police certificate is required for all applicants age 18 and over.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

You must apply at one of these organizations:

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs: 744000, Magtymguly Avenue, 83, Ashkhabad, Turkmenistan.
  • Ministry of Interior: 744000, Magtymguly Street, 85, Ashkhabad, Turkmenistan

Non-Resident Requests

Apply at the nearest Turkmenistan Embassy with a copy of the your passport and the details on when and where you lived before in Turkmenistan.

 

Turks and Caicos Islands

Is a police certificate required?
Yes, a police certificate is required for all applicants over the age of 18.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

Apply in person at your local police station. There is a fee of US$15 ($10 in stamp fees and $5 in processing fees).

Non-Resident Requests

Apply by writing directly to the police headquarters (see the address below). You will need to include the following documents with your request:

  • a copy of the bio-data page of your passport;
  • your passport page showing any Turks and Caicos immigration stamps, including entry stamps as evidence that you were living in the Turks and Caicos;
  • a copy of any immigration status you had at the time of residence (work permit, resident status or citizenship); and
  • US$15 ($10 in stamp fees and $5 in processing fees).

The form can be obtained by writing to:

Police Headquarters
Church Folly Road
Grand Turk
Turks and Caicos Islands
BWI
Telephone: 649-946-2371
Fax: 649-946-2099

 

Tuvalu

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Apply in person or by mail to the Office of the Commissioner of Police at:

Tuvalu Police Force
Private Mail Bag
Vaiaku
Funafuti
Telephone: (+688) 20726
Fax: (+688) 20149
E-mail: police@tuvalu.tv

U

Uganda

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Include the following with your application:

  • two passport-size photographs
  • a set of fingerprints of both hands taken by a recognized police authority
  • the applicable fees of Ug Shs 12,000

Your application should be sent to:

International Criminal Police Organisation
National Central Bureau of Interpol
Plot 2 Mabua Road Kololo
P.O. Box 2973
Kampala
Telephone: +256-414-500695/500698
Fax: +256-414-500696

NOTE: The fees listed above are subject to change.

 

Ukraine

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

You may obtain a police certificate from the regional militia division (Rayonne Viddilennya) of the region of your residence permit (Propyska). All Ukraine residents may also obtain a police certificate at the centralized office in Kyiv at:

10 Bogomoltsya street,
Kyiv,
Telephone: +38044-256-0333, +38044-256-1625, +38044-256-1460,
Website: http://www.mvs.gov.ua/mvs/control/mai0n/uk/publish/article/544651

You may either apply in person or appoint an authorized person to act on your behalf.

Non-Resident Requests

You will need to provide a notarized authorization (Doruchennya) to a representative who will apply to the regional militia office or centralized office on your behalf. Foreign nationals who no longer reside in Ukraine should inquire about procedures and applicable fees at the nearest Ukrainian embassy or consular office.

 

United Arab Emirates

Is a police certificate required?
Yes. Please note that one police certificate from any emirate in the UAE is sufficient.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

Apply in person at the police department of the emirate. You will need to present the following documents:

  • your original passport, as well a copy;
  • a copy of your resident visa;
  • three photographs; and
  • applicable fees.

Non-Resident Requests

You may send your applications by courier with a pre-paid airway bill to the relevant office listed below. You must include the following:

  • a set of fingerprints certified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the UAE Embassy in your country of current residence;
  • a copy of your passport;
  • a copy of your former residence visa; and
  • applicable fees

Abu Dhabi

General Police Directorate
Criminal Investigation Section
P.O. Box, 253 Abu Dhabi, UAE
Telephone: 971-2-449 0008

Website: www.adpolice.gov.ae

Fujairah

Fujairah Police Department
P.O. Box 5
Fujairah, UAE
Telephone: 971-9-222-4411

Dubai

Criminal Investigation Department
Dubai Police General Headquarters
P.O. Box 1493, Dubai, UAE
Telephone: 971-4-2013471

Website: www.dubaipolice.gov.ae

Ras Al Kheimah

Ras Al Kheimah Police
P.O. Box 54
Ras Al Kheimah, UAE
Telephone: 971-7-233-3888

Sharjah

Sharjah Police
P.O. Box 29
Sharjah, UAE
Telephone: 971-6-563-1111

Umm AL Quwain

Umm Al Quwain Police Department
P.O. Box 23
Umm Al Quwain, UAE
Telephone: 971-6-765-6662

Ajman

Ajman Police Department
P.O. Box 4
Ajman, UAE
Telephone: 971-6-703-4000

 

United Kingdom

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

Apply through the ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers) Criminal Records Office. The ACPO police certificate contains security features and information on criminal records from databases covering England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

To apply, you can download the instructions, application form, and Frequently Asked Questions at: www.acro.police.uk/police_certificates.aspx

Please note that the “Standard Service” processing time is 10 working days. “Premium Service” (two working days) processing is available for an additional cost.

If you require assistance, please contact the ACPO Criminal Records Office on 0845 6013 999 (between 08:30 and 16:30) Monday to Friday or e–mail acro.policecertificates@acro.pnn.police.uk.

Please note that the Data Protection Statement (obtained by Subject Access) is no longer accepted.

Non-Resident Requests

The same procedures outlined above apply to those living outside of the United Kingdom.

 

United States of America

Is a police certificate required?
Yes. You should provide a FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) certificate with fingerprints. The Visa Office will inform you if you are required to submit state certificates as well in your case.

How and where do I get one?

You will need to get a cover letter and fingerprint card from the FBI. These can be downloaded from the FBI website (http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/background-checks/background_checks) or write to the address listed below to have them mailed to you. You will also need to have your fingerprints taken, either at a local police department or a private fingerprinting business. When having your fingerprints taken, you will need photo identification. With your application, you will need to include a certified cheque or money order for the fees, payable to the U.S. Treasury. Mail the letter, fingerprints, and fee payment to:

FBI, Criminal Justice Information Services Division
Attention: SCU, Mod D-2
1000 Custer Hollow Road
Clarksburg, West Virginia 26306
U.S.A.

Note that processing times are generally between 16 and 18 weeks. You will be sent a letter with the results of the record check by the FBI. The letter and any attached documents should be sent to the Citizenship and Immigration Canada office which is processing your file. All police certificates must be originals; photocopies will not be accepted.

For information on Puerto Rico, please see Central America, South America and Caribbean.

Uruguay

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

You will need to get a Certificado de Habilitación Policial, issued by the Dirección Nacional de Policía Técnica. Your application needs to be accompanied by a valid Cédula de Identidad, a passport and the appropriate fees. Fingerprints are taken upon receipt of the application.

Non-Resident Requests

You will need to have a representative in Uruguay complete the process for you. First, you will need to pay the appropriate fees and have fingerprints taken by the local consular office of the Uruguay embassy or consulate and name somebody to represent you in Uruguay. You should then send the application and fingerprints authorized by the embassy or consulate to your named representative, so that they may apply at the Dirección Nacional de Policía Técnica.

 

Uzbekistan

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

Apply at your local police station. Be sure to request that your police certificate is issued by the Information centre of the Ministry of Internal Affairs at 1 Radzhabi street, Tashkent 700029.

Non-Resident Requests

Apply to the Consular Section of the nearest Embassy of Uzbekistan.

V

Vanuatu

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Apply to:

Commissioner of Police
P.O. Box 226
Port Vila

 

Vatican City

See Italy.

 

Venezuela

Is a police certificate required?
Yes, a police certificate is required for all applicants aged 18 or older.

How and where do I get one?

You should request a police certificate by writing a letter addressed to the “Viceministro de Seguridad Jurídica del Ministerio del Interior y Justicia” indicating the:

  • date,
  • reason for request,
  • photocopy of your Identity Card, and
  • applicable fees.

Please note that you must mention that the police certificate is requested by the Canadian Embassy since police certificates can only be issued from a public authority.

For more information, you may visit the following website: www.mpprij.gob.ve

 

Vietnam

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

Apply in person for a Judicial Certificate, Version 2 (Phieu Ly Lich Tu Phap So 2) at the Provincial Justice Department (So Tu Phap) where your permanent residence is registered.

Non-Resident Requests

Contact the nearest Vietnamese embassy for information.

W

Wallis and Futuna

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

If you are a French citizen born in Wallis and Futuna, you should apply in person or by mail for a Bulletin no. 3. You may obtain more information at this website: www.cjn.justice.gouv.fr. Your application should be sent to:

Tribunal de première instance
B.P. 12
MATA UTU
Telephone: 00 681 72 27 15

Non-Resident Requests

If you are not a French citizen, or a French citizen born outside of Wallis and Futuna, you should apply by mail for a Bulletin no. 3 at

Casier Judiciaire National
107 Rue du Landreau
F-44079 Nantes Cedex 1
France

You may find further information and online applications at this website: www.cjn.justice.gouv.fr.

Y

Yemen

Is a police certificate required?

Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

Apply in person at the following address:

Office of the Deputy General Director
General Directorate of Criminal Investigations
Ministry of Interior
Sana’a, Yemen

Telephone number: 009671-310327/28

Location: Zahban area, beside Electricity Powerplant

Processing time: 7 days

You will need to present the following documents:

  • a request letter from the Embassy of Canada;
  • a complete police clearance request form;
  • 2 photographs with a white background;
  • a copy of your valid passport;
  • a copy of your valid residence visa for Yemen; and
  • the applicable fee (50 Yemeni Riyals, subject to change without notice).

Non-Resident Requests

You may either return to Yemen and apply in person, or send your request to a representative (such as a friend or colleague) in Yemen who can submit it on your behalf. This service is free of charge. The required documents are as follows:

  • a copy of your passport;
  • a copy of all former residence visas for Yemen;
  • 3 photographs with a white background.


Yugoslavia

See Republic of Serbia or Montenegro.

Z

Zambia

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

Apply for a Police Clearance Certificate in person at your local police station. You will need to provide fingerprints taken by a recognized police authority.

Non-Resident Requests

Apply to:

Zambia Police Headquarters
Criminal Investigation Department
P.O. Box Ridgeway 104
Lusaka, Zambia

 

Zimbabwe

Is a police certificate required?
Yes.

How and where do I get one?

Local Requests

You may apply for your police certificate at:

Criminal Records Office
Criminal Investigations Department Headquarters
P.O. Box CY 683
Causeway, Harare
Zimbabwe

Non-Resident Requests

Apply at the nearest Zimbabwean embassy or consulate.

 

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