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Get a copy of your police records

Contact your local police for a copy of the records they hold about you.

Under the Data Protection Act you have the right to ask your local police for a copy of the records they hold about you. This is called a subject access request.

You may need to show a copy of your records to the local police if you move to another country.

Your local police will tell you how to apply.

You may have to pay a fee. This cant be more than 10 for checks in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Police certificates for visa applications

Contact the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) if you need a police certificate for a visa for Australia, Belgium, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa or the United States of America.

The fee is 45 to get the certificate within 10 working days and 80 for a 2 day premium service. Personal record requests from other organizations

You can also request your personal records from the following organizations:


Required Documents

To process your application, the following documentation is required:

  • Fully completed application form. Ensure all sections are completed in BLOCK CAPITALS and in black ink, original signatures are required throughout. Scanned or facsimile signatures will not be accepted.
  • TWO copies of different documents to prove your current address. Official correspondence showing your name and address both dated within the last 6 months. These cannot be hand written and envelopes will not be accepted as sufficient evidence. If these are not in English you will also need to provide a translation which may be hand written.
  • Copy of your passport. Clearly showing passport photo, personal information including expiry date, nationality, machine readable zone, extension pages if applicable and signature.
  • ONE recent colour passport style photograph (Approximately 45mm x 35mm). This should be appropriately endorsed on the back (See page 7).
  • Payment. UK Cheque, UK Postal Order, Bankers Draft, or Bank Transfer made payable to PCC for Hampshire.
  • Do not send original documents as these will not be returned.

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Office Locations & Contacts

Police Certificate, Subject Access or International Child Protection Certificate enquiries

Contact the Police

Embassies and Consulates



Anyone who has lived in the UK for any length of time, regardless of nationality.

If you live inside or outside the United Kingdom, you must apply through the Criminal Records Office of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO).



Please visit payment guidance page for more information on paying by cheque, bank draft, postal orders or bank transfers.


There is no set period of time for which the Police Certificate is considered to be valid. The Police Certificate is only truly accurate on the date of issue. Embassies or High Commissions will usually require you to produce a Police Certificate which has been issued less than six (6) months before your visa interview.

Documents to Use

Application forms and guidance can be accessed in various languages by following the links below. Forms must be completed in English.

  • English Application Form: Word PDF
  • Arabic Application Form: Word PDF
  • French Application Form: Word PDF
  • Hindi Application Form: Word PDF
  • Portuguese Application Form: Word PDF
  • Spanish Application Form: Word PDF
  • Urdu Application Form: Word PDF
  • Chinese Application Form: PDF


Sample Documents

To help you complete your application form, please see an example of a completed form by following the link below.

Example Application Form

Processing Time

Standard Service : 10 working days
Premium Service  : 2 working days

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Immigrant visa applicants who have resided in the United Kingdom for six months or more since the age of sixteen are required to obtain a statement from the National Identification Service, Subject Access Office, Room 331, New Scotland Yard, Broadway, London SW1 OBG.

This statement will serve to advise the consular office whether or not any criminal conviction is held against the applicant. The National Identification Service does not accept applications from individual applicants; the request must be made through local police. By law, it can take up to 40 days to receive a response.

Persons resident outside the United Kingdom should write to the Data Processing Officer of the police authority where they last resided in the United Kingdom to obtain the appropriate application form. Residents of the United Kingdom should apply to their local police station where they may obtain the application form. When completing the application form, the applicable category is Prosecution/Conviction History. The local police (or data protection officer), will submit the application to the National Identification Service and the response to the application will be sent directly to the applicant.

Applicants are legally entitled to gain access to the information about themselves under Section 21 of the British Data Protection Act, 1984.

Required Information

The application must contain data:

  • name of the person, in case of change of name and surname and the original name or the original name or nickname if it is held,
  • date of birth,
  • identification number,
  • place and district of birth,
  • State of Birth
  • permanent address,
  • the alien's country of birth and,
  • citizenship,
  • sex,
  • name and surname of father
  • name and maiden name of mother.


Need for the Document

A Police Clearance Certificate states that you don't have any criminal offences related to the period mentioned in your certificate.

ACRO issues Police Certificates to people who want to emigrate to a number of countries including Australia, Belgium, Canada, Cayman Islands, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United States of America.

The certificate details whether or not the applicant has a criminal record in the United Kingdom and is required as part of the visa process by the respective High Commission or Embassy.

Please note that the certificate may also include foreign criminal history information where it has been disclosed to the UK.

Certificates are prepared in accordance with ACPO guidelines (please note that these guidelines do not apply to Scottish convictions).

Please visit frequently asked questions (FAQs) page for further information on Police Certificates. If you cannot find the information you are looking for, please contact ACRO Customer Services.

Application forms and guidance can be accessed in various languages by following the links below. Forms must be completed in English.