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.

Do I need to provide a Police Certificate with my Application for Permanent Residence? Yes

Name of document(s) to get: Extract from Central Police Records (Gesuch um Auszug aus dem Zentralstrafregister)

How to get a Police Certificate

If you are a citizen of Switzerland:

If you live in Switzerland:

You should apply online or by mail to Schweizerisches Strafregister (see Special notes and considerations for complete address).

If you live outside of Switzerland:

You should apply online or by mail to Schweizerisches Strafregister (see Special notes and considerations for complete address).

If you are not a citizen of Switzerland:

If you live in Switzerland:

You should apply online or by mail to Schweizerisches Strafregister (see Special notes and considerations for complete address).

If you live outside of Switzerland:

You should apply online or by mail to Schweizerisches Strafregister (see Special notes and considerations for complete address).

Information and documents you need:

  • Completed application form
  • Original or a copy of an official piece of identification
  • Applicable fees (payable to the Compte de chèques postaux 30-4068-2 at the Bureau Central Suisse de Police in Berne or by credit card if online)

Special notes and considerations

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

If you are a citizen of Switzerland, 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 6 months or more since your 18th birthday.

This certificate covers both Switzerland and Liechtenstein

Federal Office of Justice – Criminal Records
Bundesrain 20
CH-3003 Berne
Scweiz/Suisse/Svizzera
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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