How to obtain a police certificate - Singapore

For Singapore Citizens

Do I need to provide a police certificate when applying for permanent residence?
Yes. However, you cannot apply for a police certificate without an official request from an immigration office. After the submission and review of your immigration application, a Certificate of Clearance (COC) request letter will be sent to you by the Canadian immigration office. The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) will not process a request without this official request letter.

How and where do I obtain a police certificate?

If you live in Singapore

The Certificate of Clearance (COC) is issued by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Singapore Police Force (SPF). To obtain one, applicants residing in Singapore need to appear in person at the COC Office. Applicants need to present the COC request letter from the Canadian immigration office (described above), together with a completed COC application form and all required supporting documents:

  • a 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,
  • a photocopy of your current passport,
  • two recent passport-size photographs, and
  • a bank draft in Singapore dollars for the applicable fees payable to ‘Head Criminal Records CID.’ [Please refer to Singapore Police Force (SPF) website for the processing fee.]

If you live outside Singapore

Applicants residing overseas should submit their applications, including all of the supporting documents listed above, by mail to:

Head Criminal Records,
CID (COC Office)
Blk D Police Cantonment Complex
#02-07/08
391 New Bridge Road
Singapore 088762
E-mail: SPF_CID_COC@spf.gov.sg
Website: www.spf.gov.sg

For Non-Singapore Citizens

The CID will only process requests for COC for non-Singapore citizens who have resided in Singapore for at least 6 months. A COC request letter along with a COC Appeal Application Form will be sent to you by the Immigration Office after reviewing the application. You are required to complete the COC Appeal Application Form, plus a COC Application Form that you may obtain from the SPF website (please see address above). Once you have completed the forms, provide the required supporting documents listed above, and submit in-person or by mail to the COC Office. Please note that the Certificate of Clearance (COC) will be mailed directly to the Canadian immigration office requesting the certificate.

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