How to get a police certificate – Iceland
Name of document you need
Criminal record (Sakavottorð)
Police certificate and IRCC requirements
You must provide a police certificate when you apply for
- permanent residence
- some temporary residence programs
See the document checklist or visa office requirements for details.
How to apply
If you live in Iceland
Certificates are available to everyone over the age of 15 who has an Icelandic identification number (also called a kennitala).
You can find more information about criminal records on the Government of Iceland website (available in English and Icelandic only).
If you live outside of Iceland
You must give written authority (signed by two witnesses) to a representative in Iceland to request the certificate on your behalf. The certificate request can be sent by fax or email as a PDF attachment to the district commissioner (Sýslumenn) in the municipality where you lived (check Contact information for details).
Requesting an Icelandic identification number
If you don’t have an Icelandic identification number (kennitala), contact your district commissioner (available in English and Icelandic only) to find out how to get one.
District commissioners’ office locations are available on the Government of Iceland website (available in English and Icelandic only).
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