How to get a police certificate – Russia

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

Reference certificate (Spravka o nalichii (otsutstvii) sudimosti (“Statement of the presence (absence) of convictions and (or) facts of criminal prosecution or termination of criminal prosecution.”)

Police certificate and IRCC requirements

You must provide a police certificate when you apply for

  • permanent residence
  • citizenship
  • some temporary residence programs

Check your application package or instructions for details.

How to apply

If you live in Russia

If you live outside of Russia

  • Apply in person to the Consular Section of your nearest Embassy of Russia.
    • You may also give a representative power of attorney to apply on your behalf.
  • Apply via a representative to the Main Information and Analytical Centre in Moscow (website available in Russian territory only).
    • You must give the representative power of attorney to apply on your behalf.

Special considerations

The Embassy accepts only original paper police certificates. Printouts of online search results and electronic certificates are not acceptable.

The police certificate must indicate all names you have used while in Russia.

Police certificates issued by local police offices are not acceptable.

Contact information

The Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation

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