How to obtain a police certificate – Vietnam

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

Name of document(s) to get: Judicial Certificate #2 or Criminal Record Certificate #2 (Phieu Ly Lich Tu Phap So 2)

How to get a Police Certificate:

If you are a citizen of Vietnam:

If you live in Vietnam:

You should apply in person at your nearest municipal or provincial Justice Department (So Tu Phap) where you live permanently. If your place of permanent or temporary residence is unidentifiable, you should apply in person to the National Center for Judicial Records (Trung Tam Ly Lich Tu Phap Quoc Gia).

If you live outside of Vietnam:

You must apply in person to the municipal or provincial Justice Department (So Tu Phap) where you resided before you left Vietnam. In accordance to the Law on Judicial Records, you may not authorize others to apply on your behalf.

If you are not a citizen of Vietnam:

If you live in Vietnam:

You should apply in person at your nearest municipal or provincial Justice Department (So Tu Phap) where you live permanently. If your place of permanent or temporary residence is unidentifiable, you should apply in person to the National Center for Judicial Records (Trung Tam Ly Lich Tu Phap Quoc Gia). According to the Circular No.07/TTLT-BTP-BCA of Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Public Security dated 08/02/1999, foreigners are entitled to obtain information about themselves while residing in Vietnam.

If you live outside Vietnam:

You should apply in person at the National Center for Judicial Records (Trung Tam Ly Lich Tu Phap Quoc Gia). In accordance to the Law on Judicial Records, you may not authorize others to apply on your behalf.

Information and documents you need:

  • A declaration requesting the issuance of judicial record (To khai yeu cau cap phieu ly lich tu phap) (Form 03/2013/TT-LLTP available on the Ministry of Justice website).
  • The original and a copy of:
    • Your identity card or passport
    • Your household registration book or your certificate of temporary or permanent residence
  • Applicable fees

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.

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

  • In your declaration, Form03/2013/TT-LLTP, you should state the reason why you are applying for a judicial record (i.e. Immigration purposes).
  • You have to collect the certificate in person.
  • The judicial record is granted in Vietnamese. If you want an English translation, you may make a request when you receive your Vietnamese judicial record.

For more information on the Law on Judicial Records (Luat Ly Lich Tu Phap), please visit the Ministry of Justice website. You can also visit the Ministry of Justice website in Vietnamese.

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