How to obtain a police certificate – China (People’s Republic of)

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

Name of document(s) to obtain:
Certificate of No Criminal Convictions / Notary Certificate of No Criminal Convictions

How to get a Police Certificate:

If you are a citizen of China:

If you live in China:

In big cities like Beijing and Shanghai, you must apply in person at the Notary Public Office in the province/city/district of your residence as shown on your Household Register (hukou) booklet. An authorized third party is not accepted.

First, you should apply in person at a Notary Public Office where you will then be given an official document to apply for a “No Criminal Convictions” certificate from the local police station.

To obtain the “No Criminal Convictions” certificate from your local police station, you must apply with the following documents:

  • Original national identification (ID) card
  • Original Household Register (hukou) booklet. If hukou registration has been cancelled, a certificate of Residence cancellation from a local police station is required.
  • Original request letter from the Notary Public Office or your employer
  • First, you need to fill out an application form at the police station.

Provide the following documents to the Notary Public Office:

  • Original “No Criminal Convictions” certificate from your local police station
  • Original ID card
  • Original Household Register (hukou) booklet. If the hukou registration has been cancelled, a Certificate of Residence cancellation from a local police station is required.

In other regions such as Shandong or Heilongjiang. First, you must obtain a “No Criminal Convictions” certificate from your local police station and bring it to the Notary Public Office where you will apply for a “Notary Certificate of No Criminal Convictions”. An authorized third party is accepted. Then you (or an authorized person) must apply in person at the Notary Public Office in the province/city/district of your residence as shown on your hukou booklet.

To obtain the “No Criminal Convictions” certificate from your local police station, you must apply with the following documents:

  • Original ID card
  • Original Household Register (hukou) booklet. If the hukou registration has been cancelled, a Certificate of Residence cancellation from a local police station is required.
  • An authorization letter and a third party’s ID card (if applying through a third party).

The police station may request a statement from your employer or, in the case of no employment, a letter from the residential committee.

You must also provide the following documents to the Notary Public Office:

  • Original “No Criminal Convictions” certificate from your local police station
  • Original ID card
  • Original Household Register (hukou) booklet. If the hukou registration has been cancelled, a Certificate of Residence cancellation from a local police station is required.
  • An authorization letter and a third party’s ID card (if applying through a third party).

If you live outside China:

In some cities especially small cities, you can get a police certificate from your local Public Security Bureau by nominating a representative to act on your behalf in China. To nominate a representative, you must give the person specific written authorization and a photocopy of your national identification card and household register booklet (hukou). The person acting on your behalf must present his/her ID card and the documents to the local Public Security Bureau.

In other bigger cities, police stations do not accept a third party at present. And they do not accept a photocopy of your ID card.

Sometimes you can get a police certificate in the country where you are temporarily living. The procedure varies depending on the laws of the country.

Fees: Payable with Notary Public Office; Free with local police station.

If you are not a citizen of China:

If you live in China:

To obtain the Police Clearance certificate from the local police station you must provide the following documents:

  • Your original passport(s) (including both the current passport and any old passports in which the Chinese visa was attached)
  • Residence permit
  • A letter from the work unit or university/school where you worked or studied while in China
  • Work permit
  • Employment Contract   
  • An authorization letter (if applying through a third party. Third party is not accepted in cities like Beijing or Shanghai.

The Public Security Bureau will only issue Police Clearance certificates to applicants with Z (Work), X (Student) and J1 (Journalist) visa classes. Holders of other classes of visa will need to enquire directly at the Public Security Bureau for local procedures to obtain police clearance certificates.

Provide the following documents to the Notary Public Office:

  • Original passport (original Temporary Residence Card or Temporary Residence Permit)
  • Original Police Clearance certificate from your local police station (or Public Security Bureau)
  • An authorization letter (if applying via a third party.

If you live outside China:

In very few cities especially small ones, you can get a police certificate from your local Public Security Bureau by nominating a representative to act on your behalf in China. To nominate a representative, you must give the person specific written authorization and a photocopy of your passport, including the page that contains the Chinese visa. The person acting on your behalf must present his/her ID card and the documents to the local Public Security Bureau.

In other cities in China, this is not available.

Information and documents you need:

Please see above for specifics

Note: application procedures may differ slightly between different provinces, districts or cities. You are encouraged to confirm the procedure directly with the local Public Security Bureau and/or Public Notary Office.

You should obtain a notarised translation of the No Criminal Convictions Certificate and provide both the original and notarised translation of the Certificate to the office processing the application.

Fees: Payable with Notary Public Office; Free with local police station.

Special notes and considerations:

Do I need to provide a Police Certificate for Express Entry?

Yes. If you are invited to apply for permanent residence, you need to upload a police certificate when you apply online for permanent residence. Please follow the instructions below to get your police certificate.

Note: CIC will not accept police certificates sent by mail for Express Entry applications.

Each municipal/provincial Public Security Bureau only has jurisdiction over its own territory; you must provide a police certificate for every territory in which you have lived.

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

The certificate is given to applicants directly within several working days.

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