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Applying process in Sierra Leone for citizen and non citizen.

A. Apply in person.
  1. Applicant shall apply for Police Clearance Certificate in person with “Criminal Investigation Headquarters in Freetown”.
  2. Link for contact: GOOGLE map location
  3. Go to the respective office. Application forms can be obtained from the office on visit. Don’t forget to take the required copy of documents along with originals to the office.
  4. Please follow as per authorities guidelines and submit the completed application along with documents. Applicant should pay for any charges if required as advised.
  5. This application will be processed by respective department.
  6. The certificate can be collected from the office where applicant applied in person upon notification or issued as per norms.

Applying process - overseas for citizen and non citizen.

A. Apply through embassy or consulate in person.
  1. Applicant can apply at their nearest embassy or consulate in person. Link to locate the embassy or consulate: link please select the “foreign policy” menu and select sub option “mission”
  2. Application form can be obtained from the embassy or consulate. Call the office and fix appointment for personal visit. Also find out the details for this procedure.
  3. 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.
  4. This application will be processed by the respective department. The completed certificates are forwarded to the concern.
  5. Applicant shall collect the certificate with the respective office upon notification or can get it delivered as per norms applicable.

B. Apply through representative.

  1. Applicant shall mandate a authorized representative to apply on their behalf at the “Criminal Investigation Headquarters in Freetown”.
  2. Link for contact: GOOGLE map location
  3. The mandated person should be entrusted with the written authorization to apply for it and / or receive it.
  4. Representative should carry required documents and the completed application form and go to the respective office.
  5. Please follow as per authorities guidelines and submit the completed application along with documents. #Representative 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 upon notification or issued as per norms.
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.
  • Citizen proof/Document of National Identity (DNI).

Foreign national

  • A copy of your passport while living in Sierra Leone.
  • A copy of your permit of stay in Sierra Leone, 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 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).
  • Written authorization.
  • Finger print as obtained from competitive authority as appropriate.
  • Request letter for certificate

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Criminal Investigation Headquarters,
No 1 Pademba Road,
Contact details:GOOGLE map location AND link

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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.


  • Police clearance certificate fee is LE 50,000; for foreign nationals the fee is LE 150,000. (Leonean Leone)
  • 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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Sample Documents[edit]

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Processing Time[edit]

Processing time varies with respect to the country from where applied.

Related Videos[edit]

Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications. 
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Applicants should apply to the Ministry of Justice in Freetown.

Police clearance (Good Conduct) Certificate is an important document which serves as a proof that the person has no criminal record or previously involved in criminal, breach of trust cases or violation of law both in his home country and during his residence in Sierra Leone. Both locals and expats are supposed to obtain this certificate.

Conditions and Instructions:

  • All compulsory fields should be filled in.
  • Make sure all entered information is correct.
  • Make sure all required documents are provided.

Required Information[edit]

  • Your full name as on your birth certificate including your maiden name if applicable
  • Your date and place of birth (or a copy of your birth certificate)
  • Your current address
  • All addresses at which you have lived at in Sierra Leone and when you lived there
  • The place and purpose for which you require the Certificate
  • The applicant must specify the parentage of the applicant (names of father and mother)

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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.

Police certificate is also known as good citizen certificate, good conduct certificate, police clearance certificate, or judicial record extracts. Applicants may have to submit fingerprints and certain personal information to request a criminal record check, and the police or government agency may charge a fee. If no record found, the police certificate will indicate such.

Information which might help[edit]

  • Relevant document: Police Clearance Certificate
  • Residents: Apply to the address above.
  • Non-residents: Either contact relatives or friends in Sierra Leone to assist in obtaining the certificate or contact the nearest Sierra Leone embassy or consulate.
  • Provide: fingerprints (include the whole hand) taken at a police station in your country of residence, a written request outlining the reason for requesting the certificate, a certified copy of your passport bio data page, and a certified copy of passport pages showing your legal status and visa in Sierra Leone.
  • 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]

The Republic of Sierra Leone State House

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone Police Force

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The applicant must provide a full set of his/her fingerprints, preferably taken at their nearest police station. The applicants full name, surname, date of birth, place of birth and identity number must also be recorded on the fingerprint form. A copy of the applicants identity document or passport must accompany the application. The applicant must present their identity document at the police station, as proof of identity will be required.