Police certificate


Police certificate

A police certificate is an official document issued by police or government agency of a country to enumerate any criminal records that the applicant may or may not have. Criminal records may include arrest, conviction, and possibly criminal proceedings.

Police certificate is also known as good citizen certificate (in HK), good conduct certificate, police clearance certificate, or judicial record extracts.

Applicants may have to submit fingerprints and certain personal information to request a criminal record check, and the police or government agency may charge a fee. If no record found, the police certificate will indicate such.

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Purposes

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Scope

Depending on each country's law, applicants may be required to submit police certificates of countries which they have stayed beyond periods as specified by law.

  • Canada: Countries where applicants have resided for 6 months or more.
  • New Zealand: Countries where applicants have resided for 12 months or more.
  • United States: Countries where applicants have resided for 6 months or more.
  • Australia: For citizenship applications, countries where applicants have resided for 3 months or more if the applicants have been outside Australia for more than 12 months since acquiring permanent residency; for visa applications, countries where applicants have resided for 12 months or more.

Period of Validity

A police certificate may or may not have period of validity itself, and criteria for validity vary for each country. Australia, for example, recognizes police certificates for 12 months from their issue dates for both visa and citizenship applications, independent of any validity period noted on the certificates themselves. As in many countries, this practice is neither mandated nor noted in any legislation; rather, the approach has simply been adopted by Australia's Department of Immigration and Citizenship for the sake of consistency across varying jurisdictions.

Australian Police Clearance Certificate

Individuals in Australia can request a Police Clearance Certificate (also known as a national criminal history check) on themselves.

A person may be required to present a Police Clearance Certificate as part of employment screening, as a pre-requisite for volunteer work, as preparation for a court appearance, to apply for a visa to enter/stay in some countries, or to satisfy a statutory requirement.

Individuals may seek a national criminal history check through two ways:

1.Their local police service.

2.A CrimTrac-accredited “broker” e.g. commercial background checking service provider authorised to conduct national criminal history checks for and on behalf of its customer (i.e. Health Outcomes International Pty Ltd (Trading As National Crime Check)). NPCS Accredited Agencies are listed on Australia's CrimTrac website.


External links

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