How to Get a Police Certificate – Spain (including the Canary Islands)

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 Record Certificate

Police certificate and IRCC requirements

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

You will also be requested to provide a police certificate to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) if you declared a criminal record on your application for an electronic travel authorization, work permit or study permit.

How to apply

If you live in Spain:

You must complete a Model 790 application from the Criminal Record Certificate page (or see Contact information) and submit to the Central Office of Citizen Services at the Ministry of Justice. You can also apply online at the Justice website for a digital certificate.

If you live outside of Spain:

You must complete and mail a Model 790 application from the Criminal Record Certificate page, along with all supporting documentation (see Contact information), to the Central Office of Citizen Services at the Ministry of Justice.

Special considerations

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

If you are a citizen of Spain, you do not 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 six months or more since your 18th birthday.

Contact information

Central Office of Citizen Services at the Ministry of Justice

Oficina Central de Atención al Ciudadano del Ministerio de Justicia
Sección de certificados de penales
Calle de la Bolsa 8, 28012 Madrid

The Criminal Record Certificate is available at the following locations:

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