How to obtain a police certificate - Guatemala

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 when applying for permanent residence?
Yes.

Name of document(s) to get: Certificado de Antecedentes Policíacos and Constancia de Carencia de Antecedentes Penales.

How to get a Police Certificate:

If you are a citizen of Guatemala:

If you live in Guatemala:

You must apply in person for a Certificado de Antecedentes Policíacos at the Comisarías de la Policía Nacional Civil (see Special notes and considerations for complete address).

You must apply in person for a Constancia de Carencia de Antecedentes Penales at the Bureau of Criminal Background (Unidad de Antecedentes Penales) of the Supreme Court of Justice (located in the majority of departments of the country or see Special notes and considerations for complete capital city address).

If you outside of Guatemala:

You must apply in person for a Certificado de Antecedentes Policíacos at the Comisarías de la Policía Nacional Civil (see Special notes and considerations for complete address).

You must apply in person for a Constancia de Carencia de Antecedentes Penales at the Bureau of Criminal Background (Unidad de Antecedentes Penales) of the Supreme Court of Justice (located in the majority of departments of the country or see Special notes and considerations for complete capital city address).

If you are not a citizen of Guatemala:

If you live in Guatemala:

You must apply in person for a Certificado de Antecedentes Policíacos at the Comisarías de la Policía Nacional Civil (see Special notes and considerations for complete address).

You must apply in person for a Constancia de Carencia de Antecedentes Penales at the Bureau of Criminal Background (Unidad de Antecedentes Penales) of the Supreme Court of Justice (located in the majority of departments of the country or see Special notes and considerations for complete capital city address).

If you live outside Guatemala:

You must apply in person for a Certificado de Antecedentes Policíacos at the Comisarías de la Policía Nacional Civil (see Special notes and considerations for complete address).

You must apply in person for a Constancia de Carencia de Antecedentes Penales at the Bureau of Criminal Background (Unidad de Antecedentes Penales) of the Supreme Court of Justice (located in the majority of departments of the country or see Special notes and considerations for complete capital city address).

Information and documents you need:

  • The original and a legible photocopy of your Documento Personal de Identificación (DPI)
  • Your original Boleto de Ornato
  • Applicable fees
  • Foreign residents: in addition to the above, for the Certificado de Antecedentes Policíacos, you must present the original and a legible photocopy of your passport and take the certificate to the Legal Bureau of the Civil National Police Headquarters in Guatemala City for legalization (6a. Ave. 14 Calle zona 1). For the Constancia de Carencia de Antecedentes Penales, foreigners must, in addition to the above, present their valid passport showing their legal status in the country.

Note: If you are unable to personally request either certificate, a lawyer who has been authorized by you can act on your behalf. Your lawyer must submit your original identification documents.

Special notes and considerations:

Comisarías de la Policía Nacional Civil (Certificado de Antecedentes Policíacos)
Zona 9, Guatemala
10ma calle 6-39
Guatemala, Guatemala
Telephone: 2331-9465

Supreme Court of Justice (Carencia de Antecedentes Penales)
Bureau of Criminal Background
6 Ave. "A" 9-23 zona 9, Guatemala City.
Telephone: 2248-7365

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