How to get a police certificate – Mexico

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 with my application? No. We’ll send you a letter requesting a police certificate after you send your application for permanent residence or citizenship. You must bring that letter when you apply for a police certificate.

Check the instruction guide for the program you’re applying for to find out when to send us your police certificate(s).

Name of document to get: Constancia de Antecedentes Registrales

If you’re a citizen of Mexico

If you live in Mexico:

You must apply to the Mexican authorities, Fiscalía General de la República (FGR). The office processing your application will send you a letter with instructions on how to get a police certificate. Once you’ve received the instructions letter, email the visa office in Mexico City to request an official letter. Take the official letter to the FGR office closest to you to apply for a police certificate.

The instructions letter provided by the processing office is not the same as the official letter that you must submit to the FGR authorities.

If you live outside of Mexico:

You must first submit your application for permanent residence or citizenship. We’ll tell you when you need a police certificate. We’ll submit a police certificate on your behalf after you give us:

  1. 2 sets of original fingerprints that meet these standards:
    • rolled and flat impressions of all ten fingers taken with black ink
    • full name, date of birth and sex of the applicant
    • the name and address of the police agency where the fingerprints were taken
    • the signature of the officer taking the fingerprints and the client’s signature

    Note: Please make sure the name on fingerprint forms is the same as the one in the passport bio-page or photo ID. Fingerprint forms should not have anything crossed out or amendments.

    To have your fingerprints taken:

    • In Canada: Contact a fingerprinting agency, or visit your local police station.
    • In any other country: Visit your local police station. In some countries the Mexican Embassy or Consulate will be able to assist you.
  2. 3 passport-size (4.5 cm × 3.5 cm) photographs of front profile (no makeup, earrings, glasses, facial hair or sideburns, and ears cannot be covered – no exceptions)
  3. 3 passport-size (4.5 cm × 3.5 cm) photographs of right profile (no makeup, earrings, glasses, facial hair or sideburns, and ears cannot be covered – no exceptions)
  4. 1 clear, legible copy of your passport bio-page (with your picture and full name)
  5. Quote your file number, name of visa office, Canadian embassy or consulate or Case Processing Centre where your file is being processed, your full name and date of birth.

Note: You don’t need to send any other documents or provide any payments.

Please send all 5 items to:

Embassy of Canada, Immigration Section
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 193, Col. Granada
C.P. 11520, Mexico D.F.
MEXICO

You won’t receive the original police certificate. The certificate will be sent to us and the results will be uploaded directly in our system.

If you’re not a citizen of Mexico

If you live in Mexico:

You must apply to the Mexican authorities, Fiscalía General de la República (FGR). The office processing your application will send you a letter with instructions on how to get a police certificate. Once you have received the instructions letter, email the visa office in Mexico City to request an official letter. Take the official letter to the FGR office closest to you to apply for a police certificate.

The instructions letter provided by the processing office is not the same as the official letter that you must submit to the FGR authorities.

If you live outside of Mexico:

You must first submit your application for permanent residence or citizenship. We’ll tell you when you need a police certificate. We will submit a police certificate on your behalf after you give us:

  1. 2 sets of original fingerprints that meet these standards:
    • rolled and flat impressions of all ten fingers taken with black ink
    • full name, date of birth and sex of the applicant
    • the name and address of the police agency where the fingerprints were taken
    • the signature of the officer taking the fingerprints and the client’s signature

    Note: Please make sure the name on fingerprint forms is the same as the one in the passport bio-page or photo ID. Fingerprint forms should not have anything crossed out or amendments.

    To have your fingerprints taken:

    • In Canada: Contact a fingerprinting agency, or visit your local police station.
    • In any other country: Visit your local police station. In some countries the Mexican Embassy or Consulate will be able to assist you.
  2. 3 passport-size (4.5 cm × 3.5 cm) photographs of front profile (no makeup, earrings, glasses, facial hair or sideburns, and ears cannot be covered – no exceptions)
  3. 3 passport-size (4.5 cm × 3.5 cm) photographs of right profile (no makeup, earrings, glasses, facial hair or sideburns, and ears cannot be covered – no exceptions)
  4. 1 clear, legible copy of your passport bio-page (with your picture and full name)
  5. Quote your file number, name of visa office, Canadian embassy or consulate or Case Processing Centre where your file is being processed, you full name and date of birth.

Note: You don’t need to send any other documents or provide any payments.

Send all 5 items to:

Embassy of Canada, Immigration Section
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 193, Col. Granada
C.P. 11520, Mexico D.F.
Mexico

You won’t receive the original police certificate. The certificate will be sent to us and the results will be uploaded directly in our system.

Information and documents you need

  • If you live in Mexico: Official letter provided by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Visa Office in Mexico City to apply for a Mexican police certificate.
  • If you live outside of Mexico: Send the documents listed above and follow the instructions carefully. There are no additional fees for this process.

Additional information, including fees, can be obtained through the Procuraduría General de la República (PGR) (available in Spanish only).

We’ll only process requests for individuals with open applications with IRCC.

If you have any questions, contact the IRCC Visa Office in Mexico City.

email: MXICO-IM-RAU@international.gc.ca.

Special notes and considerations

Get more detail about police certificates for Express Entry.

Do I need a police certificate for International Experience Canada (IEC)?

If you’re a citizen of Mexico, you don’t need to provide a police certificate from this country with your application. However, an IRCC officer may request one at a later date.

You must provide police certificates for all other countries or territories where you have lived for a total of 6 months or more since your 18th birthday.

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