Police Certificates

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Police Certificates are for people who want to emigrate to, or obtain a visa for, countries including Australia, Belgium, Canada, Cayman Islands, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States of America.


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. These guidelines do not apply to Scottish convictions.

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 will only accept version 20 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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