How to get a police certificate – India

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

Police Clearance Certificate

Applying for permanent residence

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

You can apply for a Police Clearance Certificate at

Special considerations

  • Character Certificates are not accepted.
  • Some police clearance certificates have limitations relating to jurisdiction and time period having been searched. Such certificates will not be accepted.
  • There are different formats for the police clearance certificate depending on the issuing authority.

Contact information

Passport India website (available in English only)

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