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.

Name of the document you need

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

Police certificate and IRCC requirements

You must provide a police certificate when you apply for permanent residence in Canada.

You will also be requested to provide a police certificate to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) if you declared a criminal record on your application for an electronic travel authorization, work permit or study permit.

How to apply

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 Contact Information 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.

Special considerations

  • A copy of your national identity card (osobna iskaznica) or passport will be needed to apply
  • An English or French translation of your police certificates is required.

Contact information

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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