Police Certificates

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


Service update 11th January 2018: Please note the Police Certificates online application service will be unavailable due to essential maintenance from 13:00 - 16:30 GMT on Wednesday 24th January 2018. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.


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


Please note that the certificate may also include foreign criminal history information where it has been disclosed to the UK.


Certificates are prepared in accordance with the ACRO step-down model. These guidelines do not apply to Scottish convictions. Please note that Police Certificates will contain impending prosecutions and offences that are under investigation.


The Police Certificate is not intended for use to gain employment within the UK or to emigrate to the UK.


Please visit our frequently asked questions (FAQs) page for further information on Police Certificates. If you cannot find the information you are looking for, please contact ACRO Customer Services.


You can apply online or by post by clicking on the buttons below.


 Apply Online Button     Apply By Post Button  





How to recognise fraud.


If you apply by post you can pay for your application by cheque, bank draft, postal order or bank transfer. Please visit our payment guidance page for more information on paying by these methods.



Please Note:


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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