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Argentina - Obtain a Police Clearance Certificate (No Criminal Record)

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Introduction

A police clearance certificate states that you don't have any criminal record against you for a certain period of time which is mentioned in the 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.

Eligibility

Argentineans have also the possibility of processing their police clearances as described in the next paragraph at the Ministry of Justice, Security & Human Rights in Buenos Aires. (Ministerio de Justicia, Seguridad y Derechos Humanos – Registro Nacional de Reincidencia). Please check with the institution requesting the police clearance certificate whether you need the Policía Federal or the Ministry of Justice Certificate.

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Instructions

You must specify that the certificate you need is “con excepción al artículo 51 del Código Penal” when you apply. The certificate is not valid without this paragraph.

The following legend MUST appear on the Certificado de Antecedentes Penales: “Este documento acredita que el certificado emitido lo es con excepción al artículo 51 de Código Penal, a solicitud del propio interesado.”

The certificate must be issued by the Federal Ministry of Justice and Human Rights. Certificates issued by any other federal/provincial government offices are not accepted.

If you have a criminal record, you must give a copy of the judicial file, the verdict and the final decision with a French or English translation of all documents.

Required Information

  • Surname
  • Given name(s)
  • Other surname(s) used (example maiden name, previous married names)
  • Name in original script (example Farsi, Arabic, Chinese, etc.)
  • Date of birth
  • Citizenship
  • Place of birth
  • Sex
  • Current Address (number, street, city, province and postal code)
  • Duration of your residence
  • Address(es) while resident in (Name of Country)


Procedure

Local Resident
  1. A Certificado de Antecedentes Penales is required from the Dirección Nacional del Registro Nacional de Reincidencia in Buenos Aires or at branches throughout the country. You must make the request in person and fingerprints will be taken.
  2. The petition must specifically mention that the certificate is requested “con excepción al artículo 51 del Código Penal”. The certificate must be issued by the Federal Ministry of Justice and Human Rights.
Non Resident

You can obtain the Certificado de Antecedentes Penales by submitting an application with applicable fees at an Argentine consular office.

You should follow the instructions on the Registro Nacional de Reincidencia website. Once the application process is complete, you must email, fax or mail the Certificado de Antecedentes Penales to the visa office. Consular Certificates are not accepted.

If a person is physically present in the country, s/he must apply personally for a Police Record. The Argentine Federal Police issue a police record entitled "Certificado de Antecedentes".

This document, which may be obtained only by bearers of Argentine passports, Cedulas, or DNIs (Documento National de Identidad, indicates whether a person has any previous convictions in Argentina.

When a foreigner has applied for residence in Argentina, the Federal Police will, in certain cases, issue the certificate based on a request from the Argentine immigration authorities. In some cases, however, prior convictions can be expunged after 10 years have elapsed.

The application for this document must be made in person to the Federal Police in Buenos Aires, and is available to any person over 18 years old who is physically present in Argentina, regardless of status.

A fee is charged.

Also acceptable is the "Certificado de Buena Conducta" which is available from all of the provinces of Argentina, except the provinces of Buenos Aires, Chubut, La Pampa, Misiones and Salta.

These certificates must be applied for in person from the police office having jurisdiction over the place of residence. Argentine citizens and former residents abroad can apply for a police certificate through the nearest Argentine Consular office.

They must be in possession of an Argentine identity card (Cedula de Identidad) issued by the Argentine Federal Police. (Processing takes up to six months). A passport may be issued to an individual at a consular post which would not indicate that there is no warrant for arrest, or a judge may have authorized the passport issuance even though there may be an outstanding warrant.

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Required Documents

  • Valid and original passport
  • Argentine citizens must provide DNI
  • Fingerprints (taken at the Consulate


Fees

Explain the fees structure which is required for obtaining the certificate/document.

Validity

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e.g. Birth Certificate Valid Forever

Documents to Use

You can make the process of Criminal Record Certificate online

Sample Documents

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Processing Time

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Office Locations & Contacts

Registro Nacional de Reincidencia”
Headquarters (Tucaman 1353 Ciudad Autonoma de Buenos Aires)
Open Mon-Fri - 08.00 to 16.00
Tel: +0054 (0) 11 4374-5611/12/13
E-mail: inforeinci@jus.gov.ar

Registro Provincial de las Personas or Sede Piedras
Piedras 115 Buenos Aires
ARGENTINA

You can make the process of Criminal Record Certificate at the location nearest you

Argentina’s Representations Abroad

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Video

Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications. 
Attach videos using the following tag <&video type="website">video ID|width|height<&/video&> from external websites.
Please remove the "&" inside the tags during implementation.
Website = allocine, blip, dailymotion, facebook, gametrailers, googlevideo, html5, metacafe, myspace, revver, 
sevenload, viddler, vimeo, youku, youtube
width = 560, height = 340, Video ID = Can be obtained from the URL of webpage where the video is displayed.
e.g In the following url "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0US7oR_t3M" Video ID is "Y0US7oR_t3M". 
	

Information which might help

Once the Criminal Record Certificate is collected from the “Registro Nacional de Reincidencia”, it must be legalised by either the Argentine Foreign Office, if your legal representative or agent is within “Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires,” or otherwise by the nearest Notary Public Association (Colegio de Escribanos) with the Apostille of the Hague Convention.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate

A police clearance certificate is needed for various reasons like immigrating abroad, student visa or temporary work visa.

External Links

Federal Ministry of Justice and Human Rights

Others

If a further legalization with the Apostille should be needed, the PCC should be sent back again to Argentina together with a letter in English asking that the " Police Clearance Certificate" be apostilled. The applicant must clearly indicate the address to which the apostilled PCC should be sent.

Note: the certificate must be issued by the Federal Ministry of Justice and Human Rights. Certificates issued by any other authority will not be accepted.

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