How to get a police certificate – United Kingdom (England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Channel 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

Police Certificate

Applying for permanent residence

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

How to apply

Details and instructions on how to apply are available from the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) Criminal Records Office (ACRO) website.

If your police certificate states “No Live Trace”, you’ll have to provide documentary evidence of your “stepped down” convictions (that is, the convictions not showing on your Police Certificate). You can get this information by contacting ACRO directly.

Once completed, your police certificate will be mailed directly to you.

Contact information

ACPO - Criminal Records Office website

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