How to Get a Police Certificate – Finland

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: Extract from the Criminal Records (Rikosrekisteriote).

How to get a Police Certificate:

If you are a citizen of Finland:

If you live in Finland:

You should mail a request letter to the National Legal Register Office (Oikeusrekisterikeskus) (see Special notes and considerations for complete address).

If you live outside of Finland:

You should mail a request letter to the National Legal Register Office (Oikeusrekisterikeskus) (see Special notes and considerations for complete address).

If you are not a citizen of Finland:

If you live in Finland:

You should mail a request letter to the National Legal Register Office (Oikeusrekisterikeskus) (see Special notes and considerations for complete address).

If you live outside of Finland:

You should mail a request letter to the National Legal Register Office (Oikeusrekisterikeskus) (see Special notes and considerations for complete address).

Information and documents you need:

  • Your full name (including any previous names)
  • Your Finnish personal identity number (henkilötunnus)
  • Your place of birth
  • The reason for your request
  • Your language preference
  • Sign the letter
  •  Indicate the address where the document and invoice for service fees should be sent

Special notes and considerations

Oikeusrekisterikeskus
P.O. Box 157
FI–13101 Hämeenlinna, Finland
Telephone: +358–(0)3–622 3770
Fax: +358(0)3–622 3783
E-mail: oikeusrekisterikeskus@om.fi
Website: Police and Border Guard Board (available in English and Finnish).

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