How to Get a Police Certificate - United Kingdom (England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Guernsey

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 the United Kingdom

If you live in the United Kingdom or abroad:

Detailed and up-to-date instructions are available at the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) Criminal Records Office (ACRO).

If you live outside of the United Kingdom:

Detailed and up-to-date instructions are available at the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) Criminal Records Office (ACRO).

If you are not a citizen of the United Kingdom

If you live in the United Kingdom:

Detailed and up-to-date instructions are available at the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) Criminal Records Office (ACRO).

If you live outside of the United Kingdom:

Detailed and up-to-date instructions are available at the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) Criminal Records Office (ACRO).

Information and documents you need

Detailed and up-to-date instructions are available at the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) Criminal Records Office (ACRO)

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.

If your police certificate states “No Live Trace”, you will have to provide documentary evidence of your “stepped down” convictions (i.e. the convictions not showing on your Police Certificate). This information can be found by contacting ACRO directly.

Once completed, your police certificate will be mailed directly to you.

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