How to get a police certificate - Jamaica

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

Name of document(s) to get: Police Certificate

How to get a Police Certificate:

If you are a citizen of Jamaica:

If you live in Jamaica:

To apply for a police certificate, you must:

  1. Pay the applicable fee at any Inland Revenue Department (Tax Office). You will need your Tax Registration Number (TRN) to do this (see "Paying applicable fees" in the Special notes and considerations for more information). Once paid, you will be given a receipt.
  2. Bring your receipt and the following with you when apply:
    • Your valid passport
    • Two (2) recent passport size (5cm x 5cm) photographs (not signed or sealed)
  3. You must apply in person at one of the following locations:
    • Criminal Records Office, Technical Service Division (Kingston, see Special notes and considerations for complete address)
    • Summit Police Station (St. James)
    • May Pen Police Station (Clarendon)
    • Area 2 Police Headquarters, Pompano Bay (St. Mary)

If you live outside of Jamaica:

You must first pay the applicable fees (see "Paying applicable fees" in the Special notes and considerations for more information). Once paid, you will be given a receipt and you can then apply by mail, in person, or designate someone in Jamaica act on your behalf.

To apply by mail:

You must send all of the following to the Senior Superintendent of Police at the Criminal Records Office, Technical Services Division (See Special notes and considerations for complete address):

  • A completed application for Police Certificate (PDF, 202 KB)
  • A cover letter indicating why you need a police certificate (i.e. Immigration purposes)
  • Two (2) recent passport size (5cm x 5cm) photographs (not signed or sealed)
  • A copy of the front bio-data page of your passport (must be certified)
  • A complete set of finger prints (to be signed and stamped by the police or a reputable agency in your country of residence. The name of the person taking the fingerprints must be clearly stated on the document).
  • Receipt for payment of the applicable fees
  • Prepaid return courier airway bill
To apply in person (yourself or your representative):

You must bring all of the following to the Senior Superintendent of Police at the Criminal Records Office, Technical Services Division (See Special notes and considerations for complete address):

  • A completed application for Police Certificate (PDF, 202 KB)
  • A cover letter indicating why you need a police certificate (i.e. Immigration purposes)
  • Two (2) recent passport size (5cm x 5cm) photographs (not signed or sealed)
  • A copy of the front bio-data page of your passport (must be certified)
  • A complete set of finger prints (to be signed and stamped by the police or a reputable agency in your country of residence. The name of the person taking the fingerprints must be clearly stated on the document).
  • Receipt for payment of the applicable fees

Your representative will also need a letter indicating that you authorize him/her to submit an application on your behalf.

If you are not a citizen of Jamaica:

If you live in Jamaica:

To apply for a police certificate, you must:

  1. Pay the applicable fee at any Inland Revenue Department (Tax Office). You will need your Tax Registration Number (TRN) to do this (see "Paying applicable fees" in the Special notes and considerations for more information). Once paid, you will be given a receipt.
  2. Bring your receipt and the following with you when apply:
    • Your valid passport
    • Two (2) recent passport size ( 5cm x 5cm) photographs (not signed or sealed)
  3. You must apply in person at one of the following locations:
    • Criminal Records Office, Technical Service Division (Kingston, see Special notes and considerations for complete address)
    • Summit Police Station (St. James)
    • May Pen Police Station (Clarendon)
    • Area 2 Police Headquarters, Pompano Bay (St. Mary)

If you live outside of Jamaica:

You must first pay the applicable fees (see "Paying applicable fees" in the Special notes and considerations for more information). Once paid, you will be given a receipt and you can then apply by mail, in person, or designate someone in Jamaica act on your behalf.

To apply by mail:

You must send all of the following to the Senior Superintendent of Police at the Criminal Records Office, Technical Services Division (See Special notes and considerations for complete address):

  • A completed application for Police Certificate (PDF, 202 KB)
  • A cover letter indicating why you need a police certificate (i.e. Immigration purposes)
  • Two (2) recent passport size (5cm x 5cm) photographs (not signed or sealed)
  • A copy of the front bio-data page of your passport (must be certified)
  • A complete set of finger prints (to be signed and stamped by the police or a reputable agency in your country of residence. The name of the person taking the fingerprints must be clearly stated on the document).
  • Receipt for payment of the applicable fees
  • Prepaid return courier airway bill

To apply in person (yourself or your representative):

You must bring all of the following to the Senior Superintendent of Police at the Criminal Records Office, Technical Services Division (See Special notes and considerations for complete address):

  • A completed application for Police Certificate (PDF, 202 KB)
  • A cover letter indicating why you need a police certificate (i.e. Immigration purposes)
  • Two (2) recent passport size (5cm x 5cm) photographs (not signed or sealed)
  • A copy of the front bio-data page of your passport (must be certified)
  • A complete set of finger prints (to be signed and stamped by the police or a reputable agency in your country of residence. The name of the person taking the fingerprints must be clearly stated on the document).
  • Receipt for payment of the applicable fees

Your representative will also need a letter indicating that you authorize him/her to submit an application on your behalf.

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.

Criminal Records Office, Technical Services Division
34 Duke Street
Kingston C.S.O.
Jamaica West Indies

Paying applicable fees:

  • If you do not have a Taxpayer Registration Number (TRN): payment must be made at the Jamaica Constabulary Force Finance Branch, Ground Floor, NCB North Tower, 2 Oxford Road, Kingston 5.
  • If you have a Taxpayer Registration Number (TRN): payment must be made at any Inland Revenue Department (Tax office) island wide.
  • If you are paying the applicable fees from outside Jamaica: an International Money Order or Bank Draft for the equivalent of the respective fee in Jamaican Dollars should be made payable to Ministry of National Security.
  • Updated information on fee payments and rates can be found on the Ministry of National Security website.

For more details on police certificates, please see the Ministry of National Security website and the Jamaican High Commission website.

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