How to get a police certificate – Switzerland
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
Excerpt from the Swiss criminal records (Privatauszug)
Police certificate and IRCC requirements
You must provide a police certificate when you apply for permanent residence in Canada, and for some temporary residence programs (please see the document checklist and/or visa office requirements for details).
How to apply
Apply online or by mail to Schweizerisches Strafregister.
IRCC does not require documents to be legalized (apostille).
The certificate covers both Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
Police certificates for IEC applicants
Swiss citizens don’t need a police certificate for IEC applications. We may request one at a later time if needed.
Contact informationFederal Office of Justice
Swiss Criminal Records Section
Service for Private Individuals
Tel. +41 58 465 01 98
For more information or for an online application form, see the Federal Office of Justice website (available in English, French, German and Italian).
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