How to get a police certificate – Singapore

Do I need to provide a police certificate with my application for permanent residence? No. We will send you a letter requesting a police certificate after you send your application for permanent residence. You must bring that letter when you apply for a police certificate.

How to get a police certificate:

Name of document(s) to get: Certificate of Clearance (COC)

If you are a citizen of Singapore:

If you live in Singapore:

You should submit your application, including all of the supporting documents, online to the Criminal Investigation Department of the Singapore Police Force.

If you live outside of Singapore:

You should submit your application, including all of the supporting documents, online to the Criminal Investigation Department of the Singapore Police Force.

If you are not a citizen of Singapore:

If you live in Singapore:

Non-citizens must submit an appeal for consideration for a COC, including all of the supporting documents, online to the Criminal Investigation Department of the Singapore Police Force.

If you live outside of Singapore:

Non-citizens must submit an appeal for consideration for a COC, including all of the supporting documents, online to the Criminal Investigation Department of the Singapore Police Force.

Information and documents you need:

  • SingPass and/or Foreign Identification Number.
  • COC application completed online through the Singapore Police Force (SPF) website
  • Non-citizens must submit an appeal for consideration for a COC online through the SPF website.
  • COC letter of request from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
  • Full set of fingerprints taken by a qualified fingerprint official; fingerprints can be taken at the COC office or an authorised institution overseas.
  • Scanned biometric page of applicant’s valid passport.
  • Scanned Identification Document, front and back.
  • Scanned or digital passport-sized photograph.
  • Applicable fees. Please refer to SPF website for the processing fee.

The COC office responsible for fingerprint taking services (by appointment only) is located at:

Head Criminal Records, CID (COC Office)
Blk D Police Cantonment Complex #02-07/08
391 New Bridge Road
Singapore 088762

Tel: (+65) 64358277

Email: SPF_CID_COC@spf.gov.sg

Special notes and considerations

Do I need to provide a police certificate for Express Entry?

Yes. If you are Invited to Apply (ITA) for Permanent Residence, you need to upload a police certificate in your Electronic Application for Permanent Residence (e-APR). Please follow the instructions above to get your police certificate.

We will not accept police certificates sent by mail for Express Entry applications.

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