How to Get a Police Certificate – Ghana

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? No. Citizenship and Immigration Canada will send you a letter requesting a police certificate after you send your Application for Permanent Residence. You must bring that letter when you apply for a Police Certificate.

Name of document(s) to get: Police Clearance Certificate

How to get a Police Certificate:

If you are a citizen of Ghana:

If you live in Ghana:

You can apply in person at the CID Headquarters in Accra. Your fingerprints will be taken when you apply.

If you live outside of Ghana:

You can register and submit your application online on the Ghana Police e-Services website or you can appoint a representative (can be a friend or relative) to apply at the CID Headquarters in Accra on your behalf.

If you are not a citizen of Ghana:

If you live in Ghana:

Certificates are only available to people who have lived in Ghana for three months or more.

If you have lived in Ghana for three months or more, follow the directions above for citizens of Ghana who live in Ghana.

If you have not lived in Ghana for three months or more, you are not required to provide a Ghanese police certificate. If you are asked for a police certificate from Ghana, write: “I cannot provide a police certificate for the time I spent in Ghana because certificates are only available to people who have lived in Ghana for three months or more.”

If you live outside of Ghana:

Certificates are only available to people who have lived in Ghana for three months or more.

If you have lived in Ghana for three months or more, and no longer live in Ghana, follow the directions above for citizens of Ghana who live outside of Ghana.

If you have not lived in Ghana for three months or more, you are not required to provide a Ghanese police certificate. If you are asked for a police certificate from Ghana, write: “I cannot provide a police certificate for the time I spent in Ghana because certificates are only available to people who have lived in Ghana for three months or more.”

Information and documents you need:

Residents (if you have lived in Ghana for three months or more):

  • Passport
  • Complete an application form (Fingerprint Check)
  • Applicable fees

Non-Residents (if you have lived in Ghana for three months or more, and no longer live in Ghana):

  • Complete an application form (Nominal Vetting)
  • Two passport-size photographs with a white background (If you apply through a representative, you only need one passport-size photograph with a white background)
  • The data page of your passport
  • Your parents full names
  • Your complete current address and telephone number
  • Name of the last school you attended
  • Your finger prints taken by a competent police officer or security authority are requested
  • Applicable fees

Special notes and considerations

Additional information is available on the Ghana Police e-Services website.

For more information about completing the application form, see the Guidelines for Completing Downloadable Vetting Form on the Ghana Police e-Services website.

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