Police Certificates are for people who wish to emigrate or require a visa to live and work abroad; or for obtaining citizenship/residency.
The certificate details whether or not you have a criminal record in the United Kingdom and may be required as part of the visa/citizenship/residency process.
It may also include foreign criminal history information where it has been disclosed to the UK.
Police Certificates are prepared in accordance with the ACRO step-down model.
Certificates will contain impending prosecutions and offences that are under investigation.
Certificates will only be provided in a physical format and we are unable to discuss the content of the certificate until you have received it.
Certificates are not intended for use to gain employment within the UK or to emigrate to the UK.
Read our frequently asked questions on the Police Certificate.
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ACRO will only accept version 31 or higher of the Police Certificate application form. All previous versions will be rejected and ACRO will require a new form to be submitted before an application can be processed.