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Barbados - Obtain a Police Clearance Certificate (Police Certificate of Character)

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Introduction

A Police Certificate is a statement which advises the consular officer whether any criminal convictions are held in your name.

This 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

Must be 16 years of age and have lived for 1 year or more in Barbados.

If you live outside of Barbados: You may apply by mail, in person or someone can submit the written request on your behalf to the Central Police Station. The police clearance can be mailed to you or given in person.

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Instructions

Available from the Police Headquarters, Criminal Records Office, Coleridge St., Bridgetown. Applicants must submit their name, date and place of birth, and addresses and dates of residence in Barbados. The application must be accompanied by a set of fingerprints that will be taken by a police officer at the time of application. Fee: BD $10.00 plus postage.

Required Information

  • Full name of applicant (Females must include all names: maiden names, surnames carried in previous marriages etc.)
  • Date of Birth
  • Address while in Barbados
  • Dates of arrival to/departure from Barbados (non-nationals)
  • Period of time spent outside of Barbados, if the period is six (6) months or longer (nationals)
  • A set of original fingerprints taken by competent authorities (Police Department) with an official stamp or seal attached

Procedure

Relevant document: ‘Police Certificate of Character’.

Residents

Apply in person to the address below or apply by post to: The Commissioner of Police

Non-residents

Apply by post to the address above, or ask a relative or friend in Barbados to submit a written request on your behalf to the Central Police Station.

Provide: an application form, including full name and alias(es), date of birth, place(s) of residence, purpose of the request and passport details, date(s) of arrival in/departure from Barbados (for non-nationals) and a full set of fingerprints taken by a recognised police authority.

The application should also include any periods of time spent outside Barbados, if the period is six months or longer (for nationals).

A stamped, self-addressed envelope should be included (if you wish the certificate to be posted).

Female applicants must include maiden names and surname(s) from previous marriage(s).

Fee: payable.


  1. Visit the Certificate of Character Office at the Bridgetown Division of the Royal Police Force, located at the corner of Roebuck Street, St. Michael.
  2. Obtain an application form for police certificate. To download a police certificate application form, click on this link: http://www.barbadospolice.gov.bb/home/.
  3. Complete the application form.
  4. Mail the application to the Registration Department and accompany it by a Money Order for the processing fee.
  5. Money Orders should be made out to the Registrar of the Supreme Court. Persons opting for this method of application should also enclose a self-addressed envelope with sufficient return postage.
  6. Applications must be completed in full and should be mailed to:
    The Commissioner of Police,
    Police Headquarters,
    Corner of Roebuck Street,
    Bridgetown,
    BARBADOS.

Note:
For persons living in the United Kingdom, requests for fingerprinting should be made to the Scotland Yard.

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Required Documents

  • A valid form of identification (Barbados Identification Card or passport)
  • A full set of fingerprints taken by a recognized police authority
  • The applicable fees ($20. Barbados dollars or $10 (USD). Money order or certified cheque made payable to the Commissioner of Police)
  • A self-addressed envelope (if you wish the police clearance to be mailed back to you)

Fees

The cost for each certificate issued is BDS$10.00.

Validity

Normally, a police certificate is valid for 1 year.

Documents to Use

Application for Certificate of Character

Application for Certificate of Character


Sample Documents

Please attach sample completed documents which would help other people who would like to follow this procedure.    

Processing Time

This certificate will be issued in a week.

Office Locations & Contacts

Royal Barbados Police Force
Emergency: 211
Hotline: 429-8787
PBX: 430-7100

The Commissioner of Police,
Police Headquarters,
Corner of Roebuck Street,
Bridgetown,
BARBADOS.


The Commissioner of Police,
Central Police Station
P.O. Box 84
Bridgetown, St. Michael
BARBADOS.


Central Police Station
P.O. Box 84
Coleridge Street
Bridgetown, Barbados
Telephone: 246-430-7100

The Royal Barbados Police Force Divisions & Contacts

Interactive Map: Find the Police outpost or station nearest to you by clicking a station on the left.

High Commissions of Barbados

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Video

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Information which might help

Local Requests: Applications should include the applicant's full name and any previous names, most recent address in Barbados, date and place of birth, a photo identity card and the applicable fees. You should apply in person at Central Police Station.

Non-Resident Requests: You may apply by mail, in person or someone can submit the written request on your behalf to the Central Police Station. The police clearance can be mailed to you or given in person.

Applications should include the information required for local requests along with a set of fingerprints taken by a recognized police authority and a self-addressed envelope (if you wish the police clearance to be mailed back to you). Provide a copy of your photo identity card or passport.


Other uses of the Document/Certificate

When applying for citizenship, you should present a Certificate of Character from the Police of each country in which you have lived for a period of six months or more after the age of sixteen.

External Links

Application for Police Certificate: http://www.foreign.gov.bb/pageselect.cfm?page=110
Royal Barbados Police Force: http://www.barbadospolice.gov.bb/home/

Others

It is the applicant’s responsibility to contact the relevant authorities to obtain the necessary police certificates or clearances. Each country’s procedures are different. Applicants may have to apply to more than one level of government or more than one agency -- municipal, provincial, state, federal and the police, courts or similar governmental agencies for the police certificate. If a police certificate cannot be obtained from any of the countries on the list, provide a written explanation why and an original letter from the police authority confirming that it will not issue a certificate.

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