Police Certificate

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A police certificate is a statement that you don’t have a criminal record or, if you have one, a copy of your criminal record. They help IRCC confirm if there are any reasons you may be inadmissible to Canada.

Police certificates are different in each country and territory. They may be called:

  • police clearance certificates
  • good conduct certificates
  • judicial record extracts or
  • other names

When you apply to become a permanent resident or a Canadian citizen, you and your family members must include a police certificate. When you apply as a visitor, student or temporary worker, you may be asked for a certificate. You and any family member 18 or older may need to get a police certificate, depending on the program you’re applying to.

Where to get a police certificate

Different countries have different requirements for police certificate. In most cases, you must contact the police or government to ask for a certificate. You may have to:

  • provide information or documents, such as photographs, fingerprints, or your addresses and dates that you lived in the country or territory
  • pay a fee
Police Certificate from Mainland China

If you are a citizen of China and live in China:

Step 1: Go to the local police station in the city/district where you live (on your Hukou booklet) to get a Certificate of No Criminal Convictions

Step 2: Go to the Notary Public Office to get a notarized translation of your Certificate of No Criminal Convictions

Usually you will need to bring:

  • Your original national ID card
  • Your original Permanent Residence Registration (Hukou) booklet
  • The original request document from the Notary Public Office
  • You will need to complete an application form at the local police station (Personal information such as education and employment experience is needed)
  • Applicable fees

Different cities have different ways to apply and you should ask your local office how to apply. Alternatively, you can nominate a representative to apply on your behalf. Most places in China will allow a representative to apply for a police certificate on your behalf. To nominate a representative, you must give the person a signed notarized authorization letter (available at the office where you apply). Your representative should be one of your immediate family members or be listed in your family Hukou booklet. When your representative applies on your behalf, he or she must bring:

  • His or her national ID card,
  • A signed notarized authorization letter from you,
  • His or her original Permanent Residence Registration (Hukou) booklet,
  • All of your documents that are needed when you apply in person

If you are a citizen of China and live outside China:

Different cities have different ways to apply and you should ask your local office how to apply. Most places in China will allow a representative to apply for a police certificate on your behalf. To nominate a representative, you must give the person a signed notarized authorization letter. Your representative should be one of your immediate family members or be listed in your family Hukou booklet. When your representative applies on your behalf, he or she must bring:

  • His or her national ID card
  • A signed notarized authorization letter from you
  • His/her original Permanent Residence Registration (Hukou) booklet
  • All of the documents that your local police station (in China) or embassy tells you are needed when you apply

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