How to get a police certificate – South Korea

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

Criminal (Investigation) Records Check Reply (범죄· 수사경력 회보서)

Applying for permanent residence

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

How to apply

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You should apply at your nearest Korean National Police station, and request a Criminal (Investigation) Records Check Reply (범죄· 수사경력 회보서).

Please note that the police certificate must indicate that all records have been searched, including any lapsed records (실효된 형 포함). You should specifically request a search on your entire record, including Criminal Records, lapsed criminal sentences and investigation records.

The application form for the Criminal (Investigation) Records Check Reply will be provided where you apply.

You’ll need:

  • a valid Korean identification card or a valid passport
    • Photocopies are not acceptable
  • 1 passport-size photo

You must pick up your Criminal (Investigation) Records Check Reply in person. You must also pay any applicable fees.

Only original police certificates are accepted.

For more information refer to the Korean National Police Agency (KNPA)'s website.

Contact information

Korean National Police Agency (KNPA)'s website (available in English and Korean)

You should apply for a Criminal (Investigation) Records Check Reply (범죄· 수사경력 회보서) from a Korean National Police station in Korea.

Immediate family members (parents, spouses, siblings) or friends or representatives may request a certificate on your behalf. They must appear in person.

Please note that the police certificate must indicate that all records have been searched, including any lapsed records (실효된 형 포함). You/they should specifically request a search on your entire record, including Criminal Records, lapsed criminal sentences, and investigation records.

The application form for the Criminal (Investigation) Records Check Reply will be provided where you/they apply.

You/they will need:

  • the original passport or ID of your representatives
  • a copy of your passport
  • 1 passport-size photo
  • a consent form which can be downloaded from the Korean National Police Agency (KNPA)'s website
    • Your signature on the consent form must match your signature in your passport
  • Certificate of your Entry/Exit Record issued by Korean Immigration
    • To obtain the Entry/Exit record, you must submit:
      1. the passport or ID of your representative
      2. a copy of your passport and
      3. a consent form
    • The Korean Immigration consent form can be downloaded from the Hi Korea website

If you use a representative, they must pick up your Criminal (Investigation) Records Check Reply in person.

Contact information

Korean National Police Agency (KNPA)'s official (available in English and Korean)

Hi Korea website (available in English and Korean)

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