How to obtain a police certificate – South Korea

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

How and where do I obtain one?

If you live in South Korea

You should request a Criminal (Investigation) Records Check Reply (범죄· 수사경력 회보서) from the nearest police station. Please note that all police certificates must indicate that all records have been searched, including any lapsed records (실효된 형 포함). Original police certificates must be submitted.

If you live outside South Korea

You should request a Criminal (Investigation) Records Check Reply (범죄· 수사경력 회보서) from a police station in Korea. Immediate family members (parents, spouses, siblings) or friends may request a certificate on your behalf. Please note all police certificates should include all records, including any lapsed records (실효된 형 포함). Original police certificates must be submitted.

Please see the following examples of how you should complete your forms.

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