How to obtain a police certificate - Pakistan

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

If you live in Pakistan

In larger cities
You should provide a Police Character Certificate or Police Clearance Certificate.  Application forms are available at the “Town” or “City Police Officer” of your area. 

The “Town” or “City Police Officer” will issue the required certificate directly to you. A fee may apply. 

In smaller cities, towns or rural areas
You may request an application form from the local district office of the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) of the Police Security Branch. The superintendent of Police (SSP) will issue the required certificate directly to you.

If you live in a Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA) in Pakistan or in areas where there is no police presence
Follow the instructions below if you live in one of the seven agencies of the FATAs or in areas where there is no police presence.

The seven FATA agencies are:

  • Khyber Agency
  • Mohmand Agency
  • Bajaur Agency
  • Orakzai Agency
  • Kurram Agency
  • North Waziristan Agency
  • South Waziristan Agency

Each agency is divided into Tehsils where there is a non-gazetted officer (Tehsildar) and a gazetted officer (Assistant Political Agent). The administrator in charge of the agency is usually the Political Agent.

You should obtain a clearance from the Tribal Elders and forward it to the Tehsildar in your area. The Tehsildar forwards the clearance to the Assistant Political Agent (or sometimes the Political Agent).

The clearance certificate is issued from the office of the Assistant Political Agent (or sometimes the Political Agent).

If you live outside Pakistan
Generally, you may obtain a Character Clearance Certificate or Police Clearance Certificate directly from the local district office of the Senior Superintendent of Police of the Police Security Branch for the area from which the Character Clearance Certificate or Police Clearance Certificate is required.

To obtain this, non-nationals or non-residents may need to present:

  • Attested photocopies of their passport, including all the pages showing their legal stay in that country
  • Attested photocopy of their National Identity Card
  • Two passport-size photographs
  • Authority letter in the name of their blood relative to obtain this clearance certificate on their behalf
  • Affidavit on 20 Rs judicial stamp paper from the relative who will obtain the clearance certificate, stating that they will receive the clearance certificate on behalf of the relative overseas

If you are not physically present in Pakistan, you are advised to contact the nearest embassy or consulate (general) of Pakistan for assistance in obtaining police certificates.

Note: The Canadian High Commission in Islamabad cannot assist you in this regard.

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