How to Get a Police Certificate – Croatia

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 issued by the Ministry of Justice (Potvrda) and a certificate issued by the court (Uvjerenje).

How to get a Police Certificate

If you are a citizen of Croatia:

If you live in Croatia:

For the certificate issued by the Ministry of Justice: You can apply in person or by mail to the Ministry of Justice (See Special notes and considerations for complete address).

For the certificate issued by court: You can apply in person or by mail at any municipal court (Općinski kazneni sud) in Croatia.

If you live outside of Croatia:

For the certificate issued by the Ministry of Justice: You should apply at your nearest Croatian embassy or consulate.

For the certificate issued by court: If you have lived outside of Croatia for the last six months or longer, you do not require a court certificate.

If you are not a citizen of Croatia:

If you live in Croatia:

For the certificate issued by the Ministry of Justice: You can apply in person or by mail to the Ministry of Justice (See Special notes and considerations for complete address).

For the certificate issued by court: You can apply in person or by mail at any municipal court (Općinski kazneni sud) in Croatia.

If you live outside of Croatia:

For the certificate issued by the Ministry of Justice: You should apply at your nearest Croatian embassy or consulate.

For the certificate issued by court: If you have lived outside of Croatia for the last six months or longer, you do not require a court certificate.

Information and documents you need:

  • A copy of your national identity card (osobna iskaznica) or passport
  • Applicable fees

Special notes and considerations

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

For more information on fees, processing times and to download application forms, please consult the website of the Ministry of Justice (available in Croatian only).

Ministry of Justice (Ministarstvo Pravosuđa)
Uprava za kazneno pravo
Odjel za kazene evidencije
Ulica Grada Vukovara 49
10000 Zagreb, Republike Hrvatske

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