We are unable to accept your application if it is required by an individual or a private company.
● Police certificates are valid for one year from the date of issue (it may be shorter depending on the reason for the application).
Please ensure that you apply for a police certificate at the right time, since you cannot apply for one again for the same reason, while your current certificate is still valid.
● The certificate is written in Japanese, English, French, German and Spanish.
*If, after obtaining the police certificate, you find that you no longer require it, or if it has expired and you wish to apply for one again, you must return the police certificate to our office with a letter stating the reasons why it is not required.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, you are required to visit us in person, even if you live in a remote area, as we will take your fingerprints.
You need a valid passport to apply police certificate. If your passport will expire soon (expires in less than 3 months), please contact us in advance.
No, you have to choose one of them. If your passports are issued under the same name, you can apply with both passports.
It will take approximately 2-3 months to get the certificate as the application forms are sent to the Japanese Police Agency. Police certificates are valid for one year from the date of issue (It may be shorter depending on the reason for the application).
Yes. If you wish for someone to pick up a certificate on your behalf, you will need to provide them with an original authorisation letter signed by you. They will need to bring this authorisation letter with them, together with photo ID (passport, driving licence, etc.) for both themselves and yourself (that is, for the representative and the applicant).
If you wish to receive your police certificate by post, please provide us with a self-addressed return envelope (Registered Post, small sized, domestic with tracking number) when you lodge the application or send it to us.
*if you send the envelope to us, please include a note saying that the envelope is for the receipt of police certificates, together with your full name and contact number.
If you open the police certificate envelope yourself without the permission of the recipient, it will not be valid. Please check with your case officer before opening the envelope and follow their instructions.
No. The police certificate can only be issued using the same name as that in the passport provided with the application. The certificate only serves to confirm the existence of a criminal record according to your fingerprints.