How to Get a Police Certificate - Austria

If you need to give your fingerprints for a police certificate, this isn’t the same as giving your biometrics (fingerprints and photo) for an application.

Do I need to provide a Police Certificate with my Application for Permanent Residence? Yes

Name of document(s) to get: Criminal Record Certificate (Strafregisterbescheinigung)

How to get a Police Certificate:

If you are a citizen of Austria:

If you live in Austria:

You should apply in person at the Polizeikommissariat in Vienna or the Landespolizeidirektion of your town. If you live in a city or village without a Landespolizeidirektion, you should apply at the Bürgermeister office. You can also nominate a representative with power of attorney to apply for or pick up your police certificate on your behalf.

If you live outside of Austria:

You should apply at your nearest Austrian embassy or consulate.

If you are not a citizen of Austria:

If you live in Austria:

You should apply in person at the Polizeikommissariat in Vienna or the Landespolizeidirektion of your town. If you live in a city or village without a Landespolizeidirektion, you should apply at the Bürgermeister office. You can also nominate a representative with power of attorney to apply for or pick up your police certificate on your behalf.

If you live outside of Austria:

You should apply at the nearest Austrian embassy or consulate.

Information and documents you need:

  • Applicable fees
  • Forms can be obtained at any of the offices listed in the instructions above
  • An official document with a photo to confirm your identity (such as a passport or a national identity card)
  • If you have changed your name, legal documents demonstrating your previous and actual name (such as birth certificate, marriage certificate or adoption certificate)
  • To apply online, you require a citizen's card (Bürgerkarte) and a qualifying electronic signature with your mobile phone (Handy-Signatur)

Special notes and considerations

For more information, please visit the Austrian Government HELP website.

If you do not have any convictions, the Strafregisterbescheinigung will be bilingual (German/English) and therefore will not require a translation.

If you have convictions listed on your certificate, you should obtain in addition a certified copy of your court convictions (Urteilsabschrift) from the court directly or through an authorized representative and you will need to translate both documents in English or French.

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