How to obtain a police certificate – South Korea

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

Name of document(s) to get: Criminal (Investigation) Records Check Reply (범죄· 수사경력 회보서)

How to get a Police Certificate:

If you are a citizen of South Korea

If you live in South Korea:

You should apply at your nearest Korean National Police station. You should request a Criminal (Investigation) Records Check Reply (범죄· 수사경력 회보서). Please note that the police certificate must indicate that all records have been searched, including any lapsed records (실효된 형 포함).  You should specifically request a search on your entire record, including Criminal Records (including lapsed criminal sentences), and investigation records.

The application form for the Criminal (Investigation) Records Check Reply will be provided at the time and place where the application is made. 

You will need:

  • a valid Korean identification card or a valid passport (no photocopies acceptable)
  • one passport size photo

Your Criminal (Investigation) Records Check Reply will have to be picked up by you in person.

If you live outside of South Korea:

You should apply for a Criminal (Investigation) Records Check Reply (범죄· 수사경력 회보서) from a Korean National Police station in Korea. Please note that the police certificate must indicate that all records have been searched, including any lapsed records (실효된 형 포함).  You should specifically request a search on your entire record, including Criminal Records (including lapsed criminal sentences), and investigation records. 
The application form for the Criminal (Investigation) Records Check Reply will be provided at the time and place where the application is made.

Immediate family members (parents, spouses, siblings) or friends or representatives may request a certificate on your behalf.  They will have to appear in person.

You will need:

  • Original Passport or ID of the person who represents you.
  • Copy of your passport
  • One passport size photo
  • Consent form which can be downloaded from the Korean National Police Agency (KNPA)'s official (available in Korean only). Your signature on the consent form should match your signature in your passport.)
  • Certificate of your Entry/Exit Record issued by Korean Immigration. To obtain the Entry/Exit record, you must submit the passport or ID of your representative, a copy of your passport and a consent form from you. The Korean Immigration consent form can be downloaded from the Hi Korea website.

Your representative will have to pick up your Criminal (Investigation) Records Check Reply in person.

If you do not have anyone in South Korea who can assist with your police certificate application request, then you may apply at your nearest South Korean Embassy or Consulate. You should specifically request a search on your entire record, including Criminal Records (including lapsed criminal sentences), and investigation records. 

If you are not a citizen of South Korea

If you live in South Korea:

You should apply at your nearest Korean National Police station. You should request a Criminal (Investigation) Records Check Reply (범죄· 수사경력 회보서). Please note that the police certificate must indicate that all records have been searched, including any lapsed records (실효된 형 포함).  You should specifically request a search on your entire record, including Criminal Records (including lapsed criminal sentences), and investigation records.

The application form for the Criminal (Investigation) Records Check Reply will be provided at the time and place where the application is made. 

You will need:

  • a valid passport (no photocopies acceptable)
  • a valid Korean identification card (your registration card)
  • one passport size photo

Your Criminal (Investigation) Records Check Reply will have to be picked up by you in person.

If you live outside of South Korea:

You should apply for a Criminal (Investigation) Records Check Reply (범죄· 수사경력 회보서) from a Korean National Police station in Korea. Please note that the police certificate must indicate that all records have been searched, including any lapsed records (실효된 형 포함).  You should specifically request a search on your entire record, including Criminal Records (including lapsed criminal sentences), and investigation records.   

The application form for the Criminal (Investigation) Records Check Reply will be provided at the time and place where the application is made.

Immediate family members (parents, spouses, siblings) or friends or representatives may request a certificate on your behalf.  They will have to appear in person.

You will need:

  • Original Passport or ID of the person who represents you.
  • Copy of your passport
  • Copy of Korean identification (registration card) you used to have
  • One passport size photo
  • Consent form which can be downloaded from the Korean National Police Agency (KNPA)'s official (available in Korean only). Your signature on the consent form should match your signature in your passport.)
  • Certificate of your Entry/Exit Record issued by Korean Immigration. To obtain the Entry/Exit record, you must submit the passport or ID of your representative, a copy of your passport and a consent form from you. The Korean Immigration consent form can be downloaded from downloaded from the Hi Korea website.

Your representative will have to pick up your Criminal (Investigation) Records Check Reply in person.

If you do not have anyone in South Korea who can assist with your police certificate application request, then you may apply at your nearest South Korean Embassy or Consulate. You should specifically request a search on your entire record, including Criminal Records (including lapsed criminal sentences), and investigation records.

Information and documents you need:  

  • Applicable fees

Please see above for specifics, depending on your current residential status in South Korea.

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 above to get your police certificate.

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

Police certificates must indicate that all records have been searched, including any lapsed records (실효된 형 포함)

Only original police certificates are accepted

For more information refer to the Korean National Police Agency (KNPA)'s official (available in Korean only).

Date Modified: