How to get a police certificate - Jamaica

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 Record

Applying for permanent residence

You must provide a police certificate when you apply for permanent residence in Canada.

How to apply

Answer the following question to find out how to get a police certificate from Jamaica.

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To apply for a police certificate, you must:

  1. Pay the applicable fee at any Inland Revenue Department (Tax Office)
    • you’ll need your Tax Registration Number (TRN) to do this
    • see Paying applicable fees below for more information
    • once paid, you’ll be given a receipt
  2. Bring:
    • your receipt
    • your valid passport
    • 2 recent passport-size photographs
      • Must not be certified or embossed
  3. Apply in person at 1 of the following locations (see Contact information below for the addresses):
    • Criminal Records Office, Technical Service Division (Kingston)
    • Summit Police Station (St. James)
    • May Pen Police Station (Clarendon)
    • Area 2 Police Headquarters, Pompano Bay (St. Mary)

Paying applicable fees

If you have a Taxpayer Registration Number (TRN)

Payment must be made at any Inland Revenue Department (Tax office) island-wide

If you don’t have a Taxpayer Registration Number (TRN)

Payment must be made at:

Jamaica Constabulary Force Finance Branch
Ground Floor, NCB North Tower
2 Oxford Road, Kingston 5

If you’re paying the applicable fees from outside Jamaica

An International Money Order or Bank Draft for the equivalent of the respective fee in Jamaican Dollars should be made payable to Ministry of National Security.

Updated information on fee payments and rates can be found on the Ministry of National Security website.

Contact information

Criminal Records Office, Technical Services Division

34 Duke Street
Kingston C.S.O.
Jamaica
West Indies

Phone: (876) 906-4908

Summit Police Station

Sunset Boulevard
Summit, Saint James
Phone: (876) 952-4823
Phone: (876) 952-2927
Mobile: (876) 758-3573

May Pen Police Station

61/2 Gordon Street
May Pen, Clarendon
Phone: (876) 902-4169

Area 2 Police Headquarters, Pompano Bay

(No contact information provided)

For more details on police certificates, please see the Ministry of National Security website and the Jamaican High Commission website.

Email: information@mns.gov.jm

You must first pay the applicable fees (see Paying applicable fees below for more information). Once paid, you will be given a receipt and you can then apply by mail, in person, or designate someone in Jamaica to act on your behalf.

To apply by mail

You must send all of the following to the Senior Superintendent of Police at the Criminal Records Office, Technical Services Division (See Contact information below for the address):

  • a completed application for Police Record (PDF, 203 KB)
  • a cover letter indicating why you need a police certificate (immigration)
  • 2 recent passport-size photographs
    • Must not be certified or embossed
  • a copy of the front bio-data page of your passport
    • Must be certified
  • a complete set of fingerprints
    • These are to be signed and stamped by the police or a reputable agency in your country of residence
    • The name of the person taking the fingerprints must be clearly stated on the document
  • a receipt for payment of the applicable fees
  • a prepaid return courier airway bill

To apply in person (yourself or your representative)

You/they must bring all of the following to the Senior Superintendent of Police at the Criminal Records Office, Technical Services Division (See Contact information below for the address):

  • a completed application for Police Record (PDF, 203 KB)
  • a cover letter indicating why you need a police certificate (immigration)
  • 2 recent passport-size photographs
    • These must not be certified or embossed
  • a copy of the front bio-data page of your passport
    • Must be certified
  • a complete set of fingerprints
    • These are to be signed and stamped by the police or a reputable agency in your country of residence
    • The name of the person taking the fingerprints must be clearly stated on the document
  • a receipt for payment of the applicable fees

If using a representative, they’ll also need:

  • a letter indicating that you’ve authorized them to submit an application on your behalf
  • identification

Paying applicable fees

If you have a Taxpayer Registration Number (TRN)

Payment must be made at any Inland Revenue Department (Tax office) island-wide

If you don’t have a Taxpayer Registration Number (TRN)

Payment must be made at:

Jamaica Constabulary Force Finance Branch
Ground Floor, NCB North Tower
2 Oxford Road, Kingston 5

If you’re paying the applicable fees from outside Jamaica

An International Money Order or Bank Draft for the equivalent of the respective fee in Jamaican Dollars should be made payable to Ministry of National Security.

Updated information on fee payments and rates can be found on the Ministry of National Security website

Contact information

Criminal Records Office, Technical Services Division

34 Duke Street
Kingston C.S.O.
Jamaica
West Indies

Phone: (876) 906-4908

Summit Police Station

Sunset Boulevard
Summit, Saint James
Phone: (876) 952-4823
Phone: (876) 952-2927
Mobile: (876) 758-3573

May Pen Police Station

61/2 Gordon Street
May Pen, Clarendon
Phone: (876) 902-4169

Area 2 Police Headquarters, Pompano Bay

(No contact information provided)

For more details on police certificates, please see the Ministry of National Security website and the Jamaican High Commission website.

Email: information@mns.gov.jm

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