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.
Please note that the Police Certificates online application will be unavailable from 4pm on Friday 14th October until approximately 11.59pm on Sunday 16th October (UK time). This is to allow for essential maintenance to take place. The paper application form will still be available to download during this time. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this causes.
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 ACPO guidelines (please note that these guidelines do not apply to Scottish convictions).
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.
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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.
With effect from 13th March 2015 ACRO will only accept Version 20 or higher of the Police Certificate application form. From this date, all previous versions will be rejected and ACRO will require a new form to be submitted before an application can be processed.