How to obtain a police certificate - Nicaragua

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 when applying for permanent residence?
Yes.

Name of document(s) to get: Certificado de Conducta or Récord de Policía and a Court Certificate

How to get a Police Certificate:

If you are a citizen of Nicaragua:

If you live in Nicaragua:

The Certificado de Conducta or Récord de Policía is issued by the Dirección de Servicios Policiales. You must apply in person at your local police station and present:

  • the original and a copy of your identification document
  • proof of payment of the processing fee (payable at any branch of local bank "BANPRO")

Court certificates are issued by the local courts (Juez del Distrito del Crimen) in the city or town in which you reside. After these are issued, they must be taken to the Supreme Court of Justice for legalization (see Special notes and considerations for complete address).

If you outside of Nicaragua:

The process is meant to be in person and in general is considered non-transferable. You must request one from your nearest Nicaraguan Embassy. Another possibility (subject to approval on a case-by-case basis by the Nicaraguan Police) is to sign a Power of Attorney to someone in Nicaragua who can apply on your behalf.

If you are not a citizen of Nicaragua:

If you live in Nicaragua:

The Certificado de Conducta or Récord de Policía is issued by the Dirección de Servicios Policiales. You must apply in person at your local police station and present:

  • the original and a copy of your identification document
  • proof of payment of the processing fee (payable at any branch of local bank "BANPRO")

Court certificates are issued by the local courts (Juez del Distrito del Crimen) in the city or town in which you reside. After these are issued, they must be taken to the Supreme Court of Justice for legalization (see Special notes and considerationsfor complete address).

If you live outside Nicaragua:

The process is meant to be in person and in general is considered non-transferable. You must request one from your nearest Nicaraguan Embassy. Another possibility (subject to approval on a case-by-case basis by the Nicaraguan Police) is to sign a Power of Attorney to someone in Nicaragua who can apply on your behalf.

Information and documents you need:

  • The original and a copy of your passport
  • Applicable fees

Special notes and considerations:

To have your court document legalized, please visit:
Corte Suprema de Justicia
Km. 7.5 Carretera Norte
Managua, Nicaragua
Telephone: 2233-2128, 2233-1063, 2263-1193

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