Police Certificates

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Police Certificates are for people who wish to emigrate or require a visa to live and work abroad.


The certificate details whether or not you have a criminal record in the United Kingdom and is required as part of the visa process by the respective high commission or embassy. 


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.


ACRO is very much open for business during the coronavirus pandemic and continuing to support anyone who needs a Police Certificate during these unprecedented times. 

If you wish to travel in the future, and a Police Certificate will form part of your visa application, please do make your application now.

By applying early, we can ensure that your request will be prioritised once travel restrictions are lifted, so that once you can travel, your document can be issued to you within a matter of days. 

If you need to put your application on hold while the travel restrictions are in place, please indicate this on the 'additional information page' of the application form. We can freeze your application for up to four months, unless otherwise stated. 

As soon as you know you can travel again, please let us know and your application will be processed as a priority, otherwise we will process your application at the four-month point automatically. 

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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.



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