How to obtain a police certificate – Bulgaria

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: Police Clearance Certificate (Svidetelstvo za sadimosti)

How to get a Police Certificate:

If you are a citizen of Bulgaria:

If you live in Bulgaria:

You should apply in person at the Regional Court where you are registered.

If you live outside of Bulgaria:

You can apply at your nearest Bulgarian Embassy or you can authorize a representative in Bulgaria, with a power of attorney or a certificate of inheritor, to apply on your behalf.

If you are not a citizen of Bulgaria:

If you live in Bulgaria:

You should apply in person at the Regional Court where you are registered.

If you live outside of Bulgaria:

You can apply at the nearest Bulgarian Embassy or you can authorize a representative in Bulgaria, with a power of attorney or a certificate of inheritor, to apply on your behalf.

Information and documents you need:

  • Identity document
  • Birth certificate
  • Applicable fees
  • Power of attorney or certificate of inheritor (when a certificate is requested for another person)
  • Legal proof of name change, if applicable

Special notes and considerations

Further information, including instructions for the fee payment, can be found on the Bulgarian Ministry of Justice website (available in Bulgarian only).

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