How to get a police certificate – Uruguay

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

Certificado de Antecedentes Judiciales

Police certificate and IRCC requirements

You must provide a police certificate when you apply for

  • permanent residence
  • citizenship
  • some temporary residence programs

Check your application package or instructions for details.

How to apply

If you live in Uruguay

Apply to the National Directorate of Scientific Police (Dirección Nacional de Policía Científica).

For more information, visit the Tramites website.

If you live outside of Uruguay

You’ll need someone in Uruguay to apply for you. You must go to your nearest Uruguay embassy or consulate to

  • pay the application fee
  • have your fingerprints taken
  • name someone to represent you in Uruguay
  • send your application and fingerprints to your representative so they can apply at the National Directorate of Scientific Police (Dirección Nacional de Policía Científica) for you

What you need to apply

  • Cedula de Identidad document
  • your passport
  • applicable fees

Special considerations

Only certificates issued by the National Directorate of Scientific Police are accepted. Certificates issued by any other federal/provincial government offices are not accepted.

Contact information

Tramites website

Ministerio del Interior

Phone: 00598 - 21523300 to 3303


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