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.

Do I need to provide a police certificate with my application for permanent residence? Yes

How to get a police certificate

Name of document(s) to get: Police Certificate

If you are a citizen of the United Kingdom

If you live in the United Kingdom or abroad:

Detailed and up-to-date instructions are available at the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) Criminal Records Office (ACRO).

If you live outside of the United Kingdom:

Detailed and up-to-date instructions are available at the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) Criminal Records Office (ACRO).

If you are not a citizen of the United Kingdom

If you live in the United Kingdom:

Detailed and up-to-date instructions are available at the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) Criminal Records Office (ACRO).

If you live outside of the United Kingdom:

Detailed and up-to-date instructions are available at the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) Criminal Records Office (ACRO).

Information and documents you need

Detailed and up-to-date instructions are available at the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) Criminal Records Office (ACRO)

Special notes and considerations

If your police certificate states “No Live Trace”, you will have to provide documentary evidence of your “stepped down” convictions (i.e. the convictions not showing on your Police Certificate). This information can be found by contacting ACRO directly.

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

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