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Applying process in Guatemala for citizen and non citizens.

a.Apply In-person
  1. Police Clearance Certificate can be obtained from “Police National civil” and should be verified with “Bureau of Criminal Background”
  2. Link for contact : Police National civil AND Bureau of Criminal Background
  3. Address:
6th. Avenida “A” 9-23 Zone 9, Annex Jade Building, Guatemala.
Tel: +502 2426 7362 / +502 2426 7366
Fax: +502 2426 7219
  1. Go to the respective office. Don’t forget to take the required copy of documents along with originals to the office. Application forms can be obtained from the respective office on visit.
  2. Please follow as per authorities guidelines and submit the completed application along with documents. Applicant should pay for any charges if required as advised.
  3. This application will be processed by respective department.
  4. The certificate will be issued as per norms. It is immediate.
  5. Applicant has to go to the Bureau of Criminal Background for verification.
  6. Address:
Supreme Court of Justice (Carencia de Antecedentes Penales),
Bureau of Criminal Background,
6 Ave. "A" 9-23 zona 9, Guatemala City.
Telephone: 2248-7365
  • Go to the respective office. Please follow as per authorities guidelines to complete your request.

Applying process – overseas for citizen and non citizens.

a. Apply in-person
  1. Applicant has to travel to Guatemala for applying in person.
  2. Applicant shall follow the procedure as per how they processed when they applied in person above.
  3. If they are not able to go in-person, they can apply through a lawyer in Guatemala. This lawyer should have an authorization to process on applicant’s behalf.
  4. Representative too follow the apply in procedure steps as explained above to get the certificate.
Note: Representative should carry the following while applying.
  • written authorization
  • ID card or passport.
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Required Documents[edit]

Country specific

  • Valid identity document (identity card, passport, driving license).
  • Valid passport.
  • Documento Personal de Identificación (DPI)
  • original Boleto de Ornato

Foreign national

  • A copy of your passport while living in Guatemala.
  • Photocopy of your passport and take the certificate to the Legal Bureau of the Civil National Police Headquarters in Guatemala City for legalization (6a. Ave. 14 Calle zona 1).
  • A copy of your permit of stay in Guatemala, passport number and place of issue as well.

In general

  • Application form
  • Valid citizen proof with photo (respective ID’s issued by respective nation).
  • 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)
  • Passport-size photos.
  • Birth certificate (as per requirement).
  • Letter for representatives (authorization)

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Judicial Branch of the Republic of Guatemala,
21 Calle 7-70 Zone 1. Civic Center,
Palace of Justice - Guatemala, Guatemala.
PBX: 2290-4444

Contact: link1 and link2

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  • 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.


  • GTQ 30
  • Fee/charge varies for case to case. Updated fee requirement will be provided by respective authorities while applying.


Validity norms vary from country to country.

Documents to Use[edit]

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Processing Time[edit]

  • One day process
  • Processing time varies with respect to the country from where applied.

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The Certificado de Antecedentes Policacos is issued by the six Comisaras de la Polica Nacional Civil, located in the capital city. You must present in person the original and a legible photocopy of your Cdula de Vecindad, and pay the applicable fees. Foreign residents must, in addition, present the original and a legible photocopy of their passport and take the certificate to the Legal Bureau of the Civil National Police Headquarters in Guatemala City for legalization (6a. Ave. 14 Calle zona 1). You should apply to one of the following Comisaras de la Polica Nacional Civil:

  • No. 11: 11 Ave. 4-01 zona 1. Telephone: 2238-0794
  • No. 12: 16 Ave. 14-00 zona 6. Telephone: 2254-4239
  • No. 13: 29 Calle 13-36 zona 5, San Pedrito. Telephone: 2331-0203 and 2334-3158
  • No. 14: 31 Ave. 4 Calle, zona 7, Colonia Centro Amrica. Telephone: 2432-7067
  • No. 15: 3 Ave. 1-14 zona 4, Colonia Venecia, Villa Nueva. Telephone: 6631-3910
  • No. 16: Calzada San Juan 1-67 zona 7 de Mixco. Telephone: 2431-3422 or 2431-3313

The Constancia de Carencia de Antecedentes Penales may be obtained from the Bureau of Criminal Background (Unidad de Antecedentes Penales) of the Supreme Court of Justice. There is an office located in the capital city (see below) and in the majority of departments of the country. Nationals and residents of Guatemala must present their original Cdula de Vecindad. Foreigners must present their valid passport showing their legal status in the country. If You are unable to personally request this certificate, the document may be requested by a lawyer who has been authorized by the applicant. The lawyer must submit the applicants original identification document.

Required Information[edit]

  • Last name
  • Name (s)
  • Maiden name
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Department No.
  • District
  • Home 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.

A police clearance certificate is a copy of your criminal record or a declaration of the absence of any criminal record. Police clearance certificates are different in each country and territory and may be called police certificates, good conduct certificates, judicial record extracts, pcc, etc. They are issued by police authorities or government departments and used by Citizenship and Immigration to prevent individuals who possess a risk to Country's security from entering the country.

Information which might help[edit]

  • Police Clearance, (Antecedentes Policiacos) available from National Police, and
  • Penal clearance Antecedentes Penales (indicating whether judicial process underway or outstanding) from Supreme Court)

Apply (Secretaria de la Polica Nacional Corte Supreme de Justicia, in person

Certificates may be issued to a third party in possession of written authorization from the applicant

At Guatemala City, or Regional Headquarters (Jefatura Nacional) National Police (Polica

Nacional), in capital of relevant province National Supreme Court, Guatemala City

Provide national ID card (cedula de vecindad) or passport, 2 sheets of stamped legal paper (papel sellado) national ID or passport

Fee payable

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

In many immigration cases you may be requested by relevant Government to present Police Clearance Certificate from another country where you have resided for some time. If you are going through immigration process, you will definitely be asked for such a certificate.

External Links[edit]

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala

Government of Guatemala Links

Supreme Court

National Civil Police

Ministry of Interior

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Police clearance certificate is an official document issued by the police in a country, certifying the criminal record or otherwise of the applicant. Ideally, every adult who has been a resident in any country for six months and over requires a police clearance certificate from that country when applying for visa or immigration services.

It is the applicants responsibility to contact the relevant authorities to obtain the necessary police certificates or clearances. Each countrys procedures are different. Applicants may have to apply to more than one level of government or more than one agency - municipal, provincial, state, federal and the police, courts or similar governmental agencies for the police certificate. If a police certificate cannot be obtained from any of the countries on the list, provide a written explanation why and an original letter from the police authority confirming that it will not issue a certificate.

Sometimes people who intend to work abroad or in highly sensitive establishments also require reports of good behavior, especially from the police, before they are allowed to work.