How to Get a Police Certificate – Bosnia and Herzegovina

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: you must provide a Certificate (Uvjerenje) issued by the police and a Certificate of Criminal Process issued by the court (also named Uvjerenje).

How to get a Police Certificate:

If you are a citizen of Bosnia-Herzegovina:

If you live in Bosnia-Herzegovina:

For the certificate issued by the police:

If you live in the territory of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, you should apply at the Cantonal Police Office of the Ministry of the Interior (MUP) responsible for your city.

If you reside in the Republika Srpska, you should apply at the district police departments of the Ministry of the Interior (SUP) responsible for your city. Applying at the office responsible for your place of birth is recommended to hasten processing times. If you were born in the Republika Srpska but currently live in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, you may be requested to apply at the police department responsible for the city of your place of birth.

For the certificate issued by the court:

You should apply at the municipal court (Opstinski Sud) responsible for the city in which you currently reside. Certain municipal courts may accept an authorized representative to ask on your behalf.

If you live outside of Bosnia-Herzegovina:

For the certificate issued by the police:

You should apply in person at the police station responsible for the city in which you were born. If you cannot go in person, you can nominate a representative to apply on your behalf, in which case a notarized power-of-attorney will be required.

For the certificate issued by the court:

A Court Certificate is not required if you have lived outside of Bosnia-Herzegovina for the last six months or longer.

If you are not a citizen of Bosnia-Herzegovina:

If you live in Bosnia-Herzegovina:

For the certificate issued by the police:

You should apply at your nearest Bosnia-Herzegovinian Embassy (they will send a formal request to the Ministry of the Interior). Processing delays should be expected.

For the certificate issued by the court:

You should apply at the municipal court (Opstinski Sud) responsible for the city in which you currently reside. Certain municipal courts may accept an authorized representative to ask on your behalf.

If you live outside of Bosnia-Herzegovina:

For the certificate issued by the police:

You should apply in person at the police station responsible for the city in which you were born. If you cannot go in person, you can nominate a representative to apply on your behalf, in which case a notarized power-of-attorney will be required.

For the certificate issued by the court:

A Court Certificate is not required if you have lived outside of Bosnia-Herzegovina for the last six months or longer.

Information and documents you need:

  • Application forms can be obtained at police stations
  • Applicable fees
  • The original or a copy of your identity card (Licna karta)
  • Your birth certificate

Special notes and considerations

An English or French translation of your police certificates is required.

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