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United Arab Emirates - Obtain Police Clearance Certificate (Criminal Clearance Certificate)

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Applying process in United Arab Emirates for citizen and non-citizen.

A. Apply in-person
  1. Applicant shall apply for Police Clearance Certificate in-person with any “Directorate General for Criminal Security, Ministry of Interior”.
  2. Address:
    Ministry of Interior,
    Criminal Investigation Affairs,
    Dubai Police General Headquarters,
    PO Box 2533, Abu Dhabi.
  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.

Note: Dubai residents can apply to the following email: [email protected] based on the reply please follow the advise to obtain the certificate.

Applying process - overseas for citizen and non-citizens

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
  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.


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 United Arab Emirates.
  • A copy of your permit of stay in United Arab Emirates, 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).
  • Finger prints obtained from competitive authorities.

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Ministry of Interior,
Criminal Investigation Affairs,
Dubai Police General Headquarters,
PO Box 2533, Abu Dhabi.

Contact details: link

Abu Dhabi

General Police Directorate
Criminal Investigation Section
P.O. Box, 253 Abu Dhabi, UAE
Telephone: 971-2-449 0008


Fujairah Police Department
P.O. Box 5
Fujairah, UAE
Telephone: 971-9-222-4411


Criminal Investigation Department
Dubai Police General Headquarters
P.O. Box 1493, Dubai, UAE
Telephone: 971-4-2013471

Ras Al Kheimah

Ras Al Kheimah Police
P.O. Box 54
Ras Al Kheimah, UAE
Telephone: 971-7-233-3888


Sharjah Police
P.O. Box 29
Sharjah, UAE
Telephone: 971-6-563-1111

Umm AL Quwain

Umm Al Quwain Police Department
P.O. Box 23
Umm Al Quwain, UAE
Telephone: 971-6-765-6662


Ajman Police Department
P.O. Box 4
Ajman, UAE
Telephone: 971-6-703-4000

UAE Embassies



  • 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.


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


  • 3 months from the date of issuance.
  • 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]

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

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

Local Requests:

  • You should apply in person at the police department of the emirate. You will be required to present the required documents.

Non-Resident Requests:

  • Applicants may send applications by courier with a pre-paid airway bill to the relevant police department office of the emirate you resided. You must submit required documents with your application.

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 United Arab Emirates 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)


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 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 activities, breach of trust cases or violation of law both in his home country and during his residence in UAE. Both locals and expats are supposed to obtain this certificate.

Information which might help[edit]

If you are not in UAE it is advisable to send the documents to a friend in the UAE, so that your friend can obtain the certificate from the Police Department on your behalf. This will greatly reduce the processing time compared to sending the documents directly to the Police Department.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

  • The UAE clearance certificate is not a form of legal identification card.
  • Its only purpose is to help monitor your activities and open employment opportunities
  • It is also required for immigration applications.

External Links[edit]

The UAE Government Official Portal

Ministry of Foreign Affairs


The clearance certificate office is open from 8am to midday, week days.

You are likely to need a Certificate of Good Conduct if you are applying for a travel visa abroad, a local trade license or locally engaged employment.