How to obtain a police certificate – Singapore

Do I need to provide a Police Certificate with my Application for Permanent Residence? No. Citizenship and Immigration Canada 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.

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

How to get a Police Certificate:

If you are a citizen of Singapore:

If you live in Singapore:

You should apply in person at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Singapore Police Force (SPF) (see Special notes and considerations for complete address).

If you live outside of Singapore:

You should submit your application, including all of the supporting documents, by mail to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Singapore Police Force (SPF) (see Special notes and considerations for complete address).

If you are not a citizen of Singapore:

If you live in Singapore:

You should submit your application and all supporting documents in-person or by mail to the COC Office (see Special notes and considerations for complete address). Your certificate will be mailed directly to the Canadian immigration office requesting the certificate.

If you live outside of Singapore:

You should submit your application and all supporting documents by mail to the COC Office (see Special notes and considerations for complete address). Your certificate will be mailed directly to the Canadian immigration office requesting the certificate.

Information and documents you need:

  • COC Appeal Application Form (for non-citizens only) and COC letter of request from Citizenship and Immigration Canada
  • COC Application Form that you may obtain from the Singapore Police Force (SPF)
  • Full set of fingerprints taken by a qualified fingerprint official; fingerprints can be taken at the COC office at the time of application for the COC
  • Photocopy of your current passport
  • Two recent passport-size photographs
  • Applicable fees (a bank draft in Singapore dollars payable to ‘Head Criminal Records CID.’ Please refer to Singapore Police Force (SPF) website for the processing fee.)

Special notes and considerations

Do I need to provide a Police Certificate for Express Entry?

Yes, but only after you submit your application. When you apply for permanent residence, you will be asked to upload a police certificate. Instead, you must upload a document that states: “I am applying from a country that requires an official request letter from CIC to get a police certificate.”

CIC will then review your application. If it is otherwise complete, we will send you more information on how to get a police certificate. Please read the instructions above for more information.

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

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) will not process a request without the official letter of request from Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

The COC Office is located at:

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

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