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Austria - Obtain a Police Clearance Certificate (Certificate of Criminal Record)

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Procedure[edit]

Applying process in Austria.

a.Apply In-Person
  1. Certificate of Criminal Record can be applied at Federal Police Directorate of Vienna or at any mayor office (where police office is not accessible) throughout the country.
  2. Link for contact: NATIONAL POLICE DIRECTORATE please follow the page for requirement.
  3. Application forms can be obtained from the respective office or can be downloaded from this link: Criminal record certificate
  4. Go to the respective office. Don’t forget to take the required copy of documents along with originals to the office.
  5. Please follow as per authorities guidelines and submit the completed application along with documents. Applicant should pay for any charges if required as advised.
  6. This application will be processed by respective department.
  7. The certificate can be collected from the office where applicant applied in person or will be delivered through mail upon notification or issued as per norms.


b. Apply through representative
  1. Citizens can appoint their representative residing in Austria to apply on their behalf with the information and document .
  2. Link for contact: NATIONAL POLICE DIRECTORATE
  3. The representative should be entrusted with the written power of attorney.
  4. Representative will go to the respective office. They should not forget to take the required copy of documents.
  5. Please follow as per authorities guidelines and submit the completed application along with documents. Applicant should pay for any charges if required as advised. Applicant filled application form should be used.
  6. This application will be processed by respective department.
  7. The certificate can be collected from the office where applicant applied in person upon notification or issued as per norms.
Note: Representative should carry the following while applying.
  • original of power of attorney
  • ID card or passport.


Applying process - overseas.

a. Apply embassy or consulate in person
  1. Applicant can apply at their nearest embassy or consulate in person. Link to locate the embassy or consulate: Representations
  2. Application form can be obtained from the embassy or consulate.
  3. Call the office and fix appointment for personal visit. Also find out the details for this procedure.
  4. On the scheduled date, go to the office with all the document in original and in copy. Please follow as per officer guidelines to process your application.
  5. This application will be processed by the respective department. The completed certificates are forwarded to the concern.
  6. Applicant shall collect the certificate with the respective office upon notification or can get it delivered as per norms applicable.



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Required Documents[edit]

Country specific

  • Valid identity document (identity card, passport, driving license).
  • Valid passport.
  • Citizen proof/Document of National Identity (DNI)


Foreign national

  • A copy of your passport while living in Austria.
  • A copy of your permit of stay in Austria, passport number and place of issue as well.
  • Proofs of legal stay (copy of passport held during the said period with respective stamp and seal).

In general

  • Application : Criminal record certificate
  • Valid citizen proof with photo (respective ID’s issued by respective nation).
  • Proofs of legal stay (copy of passport held during the said period with respective stamp and seal).
  • Email ID (useful to communicate issues with respect to your application)
  • A self-addressed envelope with or without stamps (as required).
  • Valid contact number (applicant can be communicated)
  • A full set of fingerprints taken by a recognized authority.
  • Passport-size photos.
  • Birth certificate (as per requirement).


Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Vienna Police Department - Criminal Records Information Services, ("Strafregisteramt")
Wasagasse 22, A-1090 Vienna, Austria.
Fax: 01143 1 313 10 79209 | Phone: 01143 1 313 100
E-mail: bpdw.strafregisteramt@polizei.gv.at

Contacts: NATIONAL POLICE DIRECTORATE LPDContact and Police services and Representations

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Eligibility[edit]

  • Applicant with valid passport and a valid address proof.
  • Age: 16 years and above. In case of minors, the application must be submitted by the parent exercising parental authority, if the minor has not turned 16 years.
  • The current address of the applicant must be same as in the passport and other supporting documents.
  • Applicants who are in need of residential status, employment or long term visa or for immigration to a foreign nation.


Fees[edit]

  • 79 GBP
  • Fee/charge varies for case to case. Updated fee requirement will be provided by respective authorities while applying.


Validity[edit]

Validity norms vary from country to country.


Documents to Use[edit]

Criminal Record Check Application new 2014 (pdf, 75.88 kb)


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Sample Documents[edit]

Please attach sample completed documents which would help other people who would like to follow this procedure.    



Processing Time[edit]

  • 4 working days / 14 days
  • Processing time varies with respect to the country from where applied.


Related Videos[edit]


Austria - Obtain a Police Clearance Certificate (Certificate of Criminal Record, PCC)


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Instructions[edit]

  • You need to provide a police certificate when applying for permanent residence.

If you live in Austria

  • You should apply for a Strafregisterbescheinigung (Certificate of the Penal Register) in person at the Polizeikommissariat in Vienna or the Bundespolizeidirektion or Brgermeister in other cities, towns or villages.
  • You will need to provide an official photo identity document such as passport, identity document, a drivers licence
  • Name changes must be supported by legal documents such as marriage certificates. You may designate a representative with power of attorney to apply for or pick up your police certificate on your behalf.

If you live outside of Austria:

  • You should apply at the Austrian embassy or consulate with the necessary documentation.



Required Information[edit]

  • Your full name
  • Your date and place of birth
  • Your current residential addresses
  • The purpose of the request
  • Gender
  • All previous Family / last name
  • Nationality (s)
  • Names of birth parents
  • Data of the previously listed documents (proof of Identity, nationality (ies) and previous names;
  • A delivery address



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Need for the Document[edit]

A police certificate is an official document issued by police or government agency of a country to enumerate any criminal records that the applicant may or may not have. Criminal records may include arrest, conviction, and possibly criminal proceedings.

The National Register of Criminal Records (Strafregister) is kept and updated by the Vienna Police Department - Register Division (Strafregisteramt).


Information which might help[edit]

Application by EU-citizens:

If the application for the Austrian Police Clearance Certificate is lodged by a citizen of another EU-member state a request for information regarding the police record of that member state will be lodged by the Austrian authorities automatically in accordance with relevant EU-guidelines. The applicant will be informed of the result of this enquiry.



Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

All persons (principal applicants and dependants (spouse and children, whether accompanying the applicant to Canada or not) applying for permanent residence in Canada who are aged 18 years or older require a police certificate from each country they have lived in for six months or longer since 18years of age (or since 16 years of age for Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Iran). In some cases, persons applying for temporary residence (workers, students, visitors) may also be required to provide a police certificate. As well, persons who have lived in a country for less than six months may also be required to provide a police certificate.


External Links[edit]

http://www.wien.gv.at/english

http://www.bmeia.gv.at/en/embassy/ottawa/practical-advice/consular-issues/police-clearance-certificate.html

http://www.bmeia.gv.at/en/embassy/london/practical-advice/consular-services/police-clearance-certificate.html

http://www.bmeia.gv.at/en/embassy/canberra/practical-advice/austrians-in-australia/police-clearance-certificate.html

http://www.bundeskanzleramt.at/DesktopDefault.aspx?alias=english&init&init



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Others[edit]

Local Police Check: Go to your local police department where you reside or last resided in Austria, request that the police conduct a criminal records search and provide you with a document reflecting that there is no history of a criminal record. Local police departments may require your personal appearance in order to conduct the search. Your local police department can phrase this in whatever way they deem appropriate.