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Introduction

Certificate of Clearance ( COC ) is issued by the Criminal Investigation Department of Singapore Police Force to CITIZENS OF SINGAPORE to certify that a person has no criminal conviction in Singapore.

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.

Eligibility

All Singaporeans are eligible to apply. Non-Singapore Citizens who wish to apply can submit the appeal form together with the application form and relevant documents for consideration on a case by case basis. Applicants may wish to note that there are alternative means to a COC such as a Statutory Declaration through the Commissioner of Oath or a qualified practitioner.

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Instructions

Applicants residing in Singapore please visit the COC office in person to apply and to have their fingerprint impressions taken between 8.30am and 12pm, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).

Applicants residing overseas may submit their applications forms (and appeal form if applicable) to:

Criminal Records Office, CID (COC),
Block D Police Cantonment Complex,
02-07/08,
391 New Bridge Road,
Singapore 088762

Each application will be processed only upon receipt of all required documents; failure to comply with the submission of required documents within 10 days on receipt of application will result in delays in processing or applications to be rejected.


Required Information

Procedure

If you live in Singapore

The Certificate of Clearance (COC) is issued by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Singapore Police Force (SPF). To obtain one, applicants residing in Singapore need to appear in person at the COC Office. Applicants need to present the COC request letter from the Canadian immigration office (described above), together with a completed COC application form and all required supporting documents:

  • a full set of fingerprints taken by a qualified fingerprint official; fingerprints can be taken at the COC office at the time of application for the COC,
  • a photocopy of your current passport,
  • two recent passport-size photographs, and
  • a bank draft in Singapore dollars for the applicable fees payable to ‘Head Criminal Records CID.’ [Please refer to Singapore Police Force (SPF) website for the processing fee.]

If you live outside Singapore

Applicants residing overseas should submit their applications, including all of the supporting documents listed above, by mail to: Head Criminal Records,
CID (COC Office)
Blk D Police Cantonment Complex
02-07/08
391 New Bridge Road
Singapore 088762
E-mail: SPF_CID_COC@spf.gov.sg
Singapore Police Force Website

For Non-Singapore Citizens

A COC request letter along with a COC Appeal Application Form will be sent to you by the Immigration Office after reviewing the application. You are required to complete the COC Appeal Application Form, plus a COC Application Form that you may obtain from the SPF website (please see address above). Once you have completed the forms, provide the required supporting documents listed above, and submit in-person or by mail to the COC Office. Please note that the Certificate of Clearance (COC) can be mailed directly to the office requesting the certificate.

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Required Documents

The required documents are:

  • Application form (and appeal form if applicable)
  • A photo copy of applicant's valid passport (biometric page only)
  • (Note: walk-in applicants are to bring the original documents for verification)
  • 2 recent passport-sized photographs that are 3.5 cm by 4.5cm, borderless with a white background;
  • Photocopy of document from relevant consulate/immigration or government authority/educational institution to establish that the certificate is required by such authority. All documents are to be translated to English if written in other languages;
  • Fingerprint Impressions
    • Walk-in applicants' fingerprint impressions will be taken at the COC;
    • Applicants by post shall submit a set of their 10 fingerprint impressions* taken by a qualified fingerprint officer from a police establishment or an authorised office at their country of residence.

Note: A set of 10 fingerprint impressions refers to impressions of right and left thumbs, and 4 fingers of the right and left hands.


Fees

  • Processing fee for each application is S$55.00. An additional overseas postage fee of S$5.00 applies for applications via post from other countries.
  • Payment can be made by cash, NETS and credit cards (VISA/MASTERCARD), bank draft or personal cheque at the COC counter. Only bank drafts and personal cheque denominated in Singapore Dollars will be accepted.
  • For applications by post, payment can be made with a bank draft made payable to 'Head Criminal Records CID' through a financial institution with a subsidiary bank based in Singapore for clearance.
  • Payments received are non-refundable once the application is accepted.


Validity

Explain the time until which the certificate/document is valid.
e.g. Birth Certificate Valid Forever

Documents to Use

Application and Appeal Forms

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Sample Documents

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Processing Time

  • Processing time for each application is 10 working days for Singapore Citizens and 15 working days for appeal cases, factoring the time taken to process the appeal (non-Singapore Citizens).
  • Applicants will be informed of the date of collection on the same day when they have their fingerprint impressions taken. Applicants may collect the certificate in person or through a proxy. An authorisation letter is required for collection by proxy with a valid photo identification for verification.
  • For overseas applications by post, the certificates will be posted to the forwarding address as indicated by the applicants in the application. An acknowledgement receipt will be sent out once the COC office receives the application form.

Office Locations & Contacts

Criminal Records Office, CID (COC),
Block D, #02-07/08,
Police Cantonment Complex,
391 New Bridge Road,
Singapore 088762
Telephone: (65) 64358275/7 (direct lines)
E-mail: SPF_CID_COC@spf.gov.sg
Singapore Police Force Website
Police Contact
Singapore Missions Overseas

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Video

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Information which might help

The Singapore Police Force (SPF) no longer issues the Certificate of Clearance (COC) to non-Singapore citizens. However, if a COC is still required by a non-Singapore citizen, he/she may wish to submit an appeal to SPF by completing both the appeal and application form. The following supporting documents are required:

  • Photocopy of valid passport.
  • Proof of residency at Singapore via work permit, contract, employer’s letter, pass.
  • 2 passport-sized passports (taken at least within 3 months)
  • Applicants must show proof of requirement of police clearance by the requesting authority via:
    • Applicants applying for migration must lodge their application for migration with the Immigration/Embassy/Consulate of the country of migration. They can apply after receiving the acknowledgement letter, which will state applicant’s name/file/case number. Checklist can be accompanied with the acknowledgement letter.
    • Requesting authority’s requirements for the police clearance and the offer/employment letter/email for work purposes.
    • Any other applications must be supported with the requesting authority’s requirements and letters or email.
  • Applicants applying from overseas can procure their fingerprints from the police station or from a qualified finger printer in the country they are currently residing. Applicants must provide fingerprints for all ten fingers on the standard forms available at the police stations. Applicants could also approach the Singapore High Commission to get their fingerprint impressions taken. Applicants will have to call and make an appointment.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate

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.

External Links

Singapore Police Force

Certificate of Clearance

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Singapore

Singapore Missions Overseas

Foreign Missions Accredited to Singapore

Others

The police records for Singapore may be considered complete from their origins to the present, except for the "occupation" period during World War II.

Applicants residing in Singapore should apply in person for a "Certificate of No Criminal Conviction" (CNCC) at Criminal Record Office (CID), Block D #02-01A, 391 New Bridge Road, Police Cantonment Complex, Singapore 088762, phone number 65-6435-8277, between 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon, Monday through Friday only. Applicants who are overseas may apply by correspondence to the above address.

Processing time for the certificate is two to three weeks.

Former residents should write directly to the address given above for the necessary forms and instructions. Alternatively, they could have a set of rolled fingerprints taken by their local police authorities and submit this with photocopies of the documents listed above together with photographs, fee and postage charge. Singapore authorities also require that all immigrant applicants show proof of their intentions. The packet 3 cover letter bearing their name will suffice.

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