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, 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 IRCC to get a police certificate.”

We 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.

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

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