How to obtain a police certificate - China

(see also Hong Kong and Macao)

Do I need to provide a police certificate when applying for permanent residence?
Yes.

The original police certificate must be submitted along with the application for permanent residence, and must be accompanied by an English or French translation prepared by an accredited translator.

Please note that no fee is required to obtain a Chinese police certificate for both residents and non-residents of China.

How and where do I obtain one?

Local Requests
Chinese nationals:

  • You must present your national identification card and household register booklet (hukou) to the local Public Security Bureau.

Non-Chinese nationals:

  • You must present your passport containing your Chinese visa to the local Public Security Bureau.

Non-Resident Requests
You can obtain a police certificate from the local Public Security Bureau by asking someone to act on your behalf in China. To do this, you must give this person:

  • Specific written authorization.
  • If you are a Chinese national, a photocopy of your national identification card and household register booklet (hukou).
  • If you are a non-Chinese national, a photocopy of your passport, including the page that contains the Chinese visa.

The person acting on your behalf must present the documents to the local Public Security Bureau.

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