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:

  1. Certificate of No Criminal Convictions (issued by the local police station and Public Security Bureau (PSB) office) or Notary Certificate of No Criminal Convictions (issued by the Notary Public Office) and,
  2. a notarized translation.

How to get a Police Certificate:

If you are a citizen of China:

If you live in China:

You must apply at the Notary Public Office or at the local police station in the city/district where you live (on your Hukou booklet) for a Certificate of No Criminal Convictions and then get a notarized translation of your certificate. Different cities have different ways to apply and you should ask your local office how to apply. Alternatively, you can nominate a representative to apply on your behalf.

If you apply at the Notary Public Office:

  • Step 1: You should apply at the Notary Public Office (you can find contact information of local Notary Public Offices online or from local 114 in China) for an official request document.

  • Step 2: Bring the official request document to your local police station and apply for a certificate of No Criminal Convictions. When you go to your local police station, you (or your representative) must bring:

    • Your original national ID card
    • Your original Permanent Residence Registration (Hukou) bookletFootnote *
    • The original request document from the Notary Public Office
    • You will need to complete an application form at the local police station (Personal information such as education and employment experience is needed)
    • Applicable fees
  • Step 3: You must go back to the Notary Public Office to apply for the Notary Certificate of No Criminal Convictions and bring:

    • Your original Certificate of No Criminal Convictions from your local police station
    • Your original national ID card
    • Your original Permanent Residence Registration (Hukou) bookletFootnote *

Note: the Notary Public Office will keep your original Certificate of No Criminal Convictions from the police office and issue a Notary Certificate of No Criminal Convictions with a notarized translation of the Notary Certificate of No Criminal Convictions.

If you apply at your local police station (in the city/district of your residence shown on your Hukou booklet):

  • Step 1:  You should ask your local police station if they accept applications for a Certificate of No Criminal Convictions (only some stations do). If your police station accepts applications for a certificate, you need to go there to complete an application form and give personal information, such as your education and employment experience. The police station might ask for a statement from your employer (or a letter from your residential committee if you do not have an employer). When you apply, you (or your representative) must bring:

    • Your original national ID card
    • Your original Permanent Residence Registration (Hukou) bookletFootnote *
  • Step 2: You must go to the Notary Public Office to get a notarised translation of your Certificate of No Criminal Convictions.

    Using a representative: most places in China will allow a representative to apply for a police certificate on your behalf. To nominate a representative, you must give the person a signed notarized authorisation letter (available at the office where you apply). Your representative should be one of your immediate family members or be listed in your family Hukou booklet. When your representative applies on your behalf, he or she must bring:

    • His or her national ID card
    • A signed notarised authorisation letter from you
    • His or her original Permanent Residence Registration (Hukou) bookletFootnote **
    • All of your documents that are needed when you apply in person (follow directions above)

If you live outside China:

Different cities have different ways to apply and you should ask your local office how to apply. Most places in China will allow a representative to apply for a police certificate on your behalf. To nominate a representative, you must give the person a signed notarized authorisation letter. Your representative should be one of your immediate family members or be listed in your family Hukou booklet. When your representative applies on your behalf, he or she must bring:

  • His or her national ID card
  • A signed notarised authorisation letter from you
  • His/her original Permanent Residence Registration (Hukou) bookletFootnote **
  • All of the documents that your local police station (in China) or embassy tells you are needed when you apply

If you are not a citizen of China:

If you live in China:

If you apply at The Public Security Bureau (PSB): the PSB will issue the Certificate of No Criminal Convictions to applicants with Z (Work), X (Student) and J1 (Journalist) visa classes. If you have a different visa class, you need to ask your local PSB office how to apply. You can apply in person or nominate a representative to apply on your behalf.

  • Step 1: When you apply at the PSB, you (or your representative) must bring:

    • All of your original passport(s) (your current passport and any other passports that have your Chinese visa)
    • Your Residence permit and Work permit
    • A letter from your work or university/school where you worked or studied while you were in China and/or employment contract           
    • Applicable fees
  • Step 2: You must bring your certificate of No Criminal Convictions from the Public Security Bureau office to the Notary Public Office to get a notarised translation. You (or your representative) must bring:

    • Your original passport (with your original Temporary Residence Card or Temporary Residence Permit)
    • Your original certificate of No Criminal Convictions from the PSB.

Using a representative: most places in China will allow a representative to apply for a police certificate on your behalf. To nominate a representative, you must give the person a signed notarized authorisation letter (available at the office where you apply). When your representative applies on your behalf, he or she must bring:

  • His or her national ID card
  • A signed notarised authorisation letter from you
  • His/her original Permanent Residence Registration (Hukou) bookletFootnote **
  • All of the documents that your local police station (in China) or embassy tells you are needed when you apply in person

If you live outside China:

Different cities have different ways to apply and you should ask your local office how to apply. Most places in China will allow a representative to apply for a police certificate on your behalf. To nominate a representative, you must give the person a signed notarized authorisation letter (available at the office where you apply). When your representative applies on your behalf, he or she must bring:

  • His or her national ID card
  • A signed notarised authorisation letter from you
  • His/her original Permanent Residence Registration (Hukou) bookletFootnote **
  • All of the documents that your local police station (in China) or embassy tells you are needed when you apply

Information and documents you need:

See above for specifics

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.

The way to apply for a police certificate is different in every country. These instructions are only a guide, you should ask your local police station or Public Security Bureau (PSB) office for instructions before you apply.

Only the original Certificate of No Criminal Convictions issued by the local police station/Public Security Bureau (PSB) office, or the original Notary Certificate of No Criminal Convictions issued by the Notary Public Office is accepted. You must give your original certificate and notarized translation of the certificate to the immigration office processing your application.

Each municipal/provincial Public Security Bureau office has jurisdiction over its own territory only; you must provide a police certificate for every territory where your Hukou booklet is registered.

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