How to get a police certificate - Bahamas

Do I need to provide a Police Certificate with my Application for Permanent Residence? Yes.

Name of document(s) to get: Police Character Certificate

How to get a Police Certificate:

If you are a citizen of The Bahamas:

If you live in The Bahamas:

You must apply in person at your nearest Royal Bahamas Police Force station (see Special notes and considerations for complete list of stations that accept applications). You must bring:

Your completed certificate will be available for pick up at the station where you applied unless a fingerprint check is required. In those cases, the certificate will be available at the Criminal Records Office, Thompson Boulevard.

If you live outside of The Bahamas:

You may apply online or by mail (see Special notes and considerations for complete address). You must complete the application form on the Royal Bahamas Police Force website and submit online or complete it in PDF format (100 KB) and send by mail, along with all of the following:

  • A set of fingerprints
  • Copies of the first four pages of your valid passport
  • Applicable fees and mailing costs (See the Forms Data section of the Royal Bahamas Police Force website for details on fee amounts and payment methods).

Former residents of the Bahamas and those not residing in Nassau may appoint a representative to apply on their behalf to the Superintendent, CID, Criminal Records Office (see Special notes and considerations for complete address).

If you are not a citizen of The Bahamas:

If you live in The Bahamas:

You must apply in person at your nearest Royal Bahamas Police Force station (see Special notes and considerations for complete list of stations that accept applications). You must bring:

Your completed certificate will be available for pick up at the station where you applied unless a fingerprint check is required. In those cases, the certificate will be available at the Criminal Records Office, Thompson Boulevard.

If you live outside of The Bahamas:

You may apply online or by mail (see Special notes and considerations for complete address). You must complete the application form on the Royal Bahamas Police Force website and submit online or complete it in PDF format (100 KB) and send by mail, along with all of the following:

  • A set of fingerprints
  • Copies of the first four pages of your valid passport
  • Applicable fees and mailing costs (See the Forms Data section of the Forms Data section of the Royal Bahamas Police Force website for details on fee amounts and payment methods).

Information and documents you need:

Please see above for specifics.

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.

Royal Bahamas Police Force stations accepting applications for police certificates include: Cable Beach, Quakoo Street, the Carmichael, Elizabeth Estates, Andros, Eleuthera, Long Island, Abaco, and Grand Bahama Islands.

Criminal Records Office
Royal Bahamas Police
P.O. Box N-3020, Nassau

Person's collecting Character Certificates on behalf of an applicant must present a valid identification (Passport, Driver’s License, or voters Card) for that person and their own valid identification before the Certificate can be issued.

For more information on applying for a Police Character Certificate, please visit the Royal Bahamas Police Force website or email info@rbpf.org.

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