How to get a police certificate – North Macedonia (Republic of)

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 for Permanent Residence? Yes

Name of document(s) to get: Certificate of No Conviction from the Court (Uverenie)

How to get a Police Certificate:

If you are a citizen of North Macedonia:

If you live in North Macedonia:

You can apply at the court responsible for your place of residence. Processes may vary between courts.

If you live outside of North Macedonia:

You can apply in person at your nearest Republic of North Macedonia consulate or nominate a relative, friend or lawyer to act on your behalf within North Macedonia.

If you are not a citizen of North Macedonia:

If you live in North Macedonia:

You can apply at the court responsible for your place of residence. Processes may vary between courts.

If you live outside of North Macedonia:

Certificates are not available to former residents who are not citizens of North Macedonia. If you are not a citizen and no longer live in North Macedonia, you are not required to provide a North Macedonian police certificate.

If you are asked for a police certificate from North Macedonia, write: “I cannot provide a police certificate for the time I spent in North Macedonia because certificates are not available to former residents who are not citizens of North Macedonia.”

Information and documents you need:

  • Applicable fees
  • Application form varies by court. Some can be downloaded online.
  • National ID card or passport and a copy
  • If a representative is applying on your behalf, they must have notarized power of attorney

Special notes and considerations

Effective January 1, 2015, North Macedonia moved to a court-based police certificate system. The certificate is valid nationwide.

The format of the conviction record is as follows:

  1. Registration number
  2. Address of applicant
  3. Verdict number (as applicable) listing article of criminal code outlining offence
  4. Official stamp

To find out the locations of municipal courts in North Macedonia, please visit the website of the Ministry of Justice (available in English, Macedonian, and Albanian).

An English or French translation of your police certificate is required.

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