Bulgaria - Obtain a Police Clearance Certificate (Criminal Record Certificate, Certificate of Conviction)
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.
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.
You should apply in person for a Police Clearance Certificate at the Regional Court where you are registered.
You may apply at the Bulgarian embassy responsible for your country of residence. You may also authorize a representative in Bulgaria, with a power of attorney or a certificate of inheritor, to apply for and receive a Police Clearance Certificate on your behalf.
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- You need to provide a police certificate when applying for permanent residence.
- If you live in Bulgaria
- You should apply in person for a Police Clearance Certificate at the Regional Court where you are registered.
- The completed application form is to be accompanied by the following documents:
- identity document
- birth certificate
- power of attorney or certificate of inheritor (when a certificate is requested for another person)
- legal proof of name change, if applicable
- Same or next business day service provided to most resident citizens who apply in person.
- If you live outside Bulgaria
- You may apply at the Bulgarian embassy responsible for your country of residence. You may also authorize a representative in Bulgaria, with a power of attorney or a certificate of inheritor, to apply for and receive a Police Clearance Certificate on your behalf.
- Your surname and first names;
- Your date and place of birth;
- Your address; and
- The reason for the request.
- Apply in person for a Police Clearance Certificate at the Regional Court where you are registered.
- For more information, contact the Ministry of Justice
Central Bureau "Conviction" - issue of criminal records and records of conviction Acceptance of documents for the issue of criminal records is performed every working day from 9.00 to 11.00 hours and from 14.00 to 16.00.
Central Bureau "Conviction" at the Ministry of Justice issued criminal records and records of conviction for persons born abroad or of unknown residence. Central Bureau "Conviction" at the Ministry of Justice store information about convicted abroad Bulgarian citizens.
For issuance of a certificate of conviction be completed application form and present: ID, birth certificate, power of attorney and / or certificate of inheritance when seeking such to another person, if you change the names - a declaration of identity.
Request of the institution, department and organization for business trips within the scope of their activities for the issuance of a certificate of conviction and / or a list of convictions must contain the following data: first, middle and last name, PIN or personal identification number for foreigners and the day, month and year of birth of the person requesting the certificate and / or a list of convictions.
Issuance of a certificate of conviction of citizens takes place soon consulted by the official in the electronic and paper records of the criminal record. Criminal records of agencies, departments and organizations shall be issued on the day of the request when it is possible, but not later than 3 days from the receipt of the request. Report of conviction shall be issued on the day of the request or at the latest the next working day.
The application for a certificate of conviction shall be adopted after a document for paid state fee of 5.00 (five) Levs contributed to the account of the Ministry of Justice in the payment reason explicitly mentioned "criminal record certificate":
IBAN account: BG09BNBG 96,613,000,173,701
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- Identity document
- Birth certificate
- Power of attorney or certificate of inheritor (when a certificate is requested for another person)
- Legal proof of name change, if applicable
The application for a certificate of conviction shall be adopted after a document for paid state fee of 10 (ten) Levs contributed to the account of the Ministry of Justice in the payment reason explicitly mentioned "criminal record certificate"
E-conviction certificate shall be issued not later than three working days after receipt of stamp duty on specified bank account of the Ministry of Justice.
Electronic certificate is issued in electronic format, signed with a digital signature of the issuing authority and visualize the model in Annex 6 of the Ordinance № № 8.
E-conviction certificate is valid for six months from the date of issuance.
Electronic certificate of conviction is the same as the written form, but only in electronic form and content available on the website of the Ministry of Justice through the access code that is provided to the person to whom it relates.
Please attach sample completed documents which would help other people who would like to follow this procedure.
Processing time: 1 – 2 days.
Ministry of Justice
- 1, Slavianska str.
- 1000 Sofia
- Telephone: + 359 2 988 48 23-Public relations
- Fax: + 359 2 988 11 42
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E-conviction certificate is valid for six months and has the same value as the certificate of conviction issued in writing, but only in electronic form and content available on the website of the Ministry of Justice, through the access code that is provided to the person to whom it relates.
Identification of the person, the electronic certificate of conviction contains PIN three names in Bulgarian and English language ID.
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.
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.
Relevant document: ‘Conviction Status Certificate’ (Svidetelstvo za Sudimost).
Resident citizens: Apply in person at the Regional Court where you are registered (under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Justice).
Non-resident citizens: Apply at the Bulgarian embassy or consulate in your country of residence. You may also authorise a representative in Bulgaria, with a power of attorney or a certificate of inheritor, to apply for and receive the certificate on your behalf.
Provide: an application form (available at http://www.justice.government.bg), identity document, birth certificate, power of attorney and/or certificate of inheritors when a certificate is requested on your behalf, and legal proof of name change, if applicable.
Fee: BGL10.00 (Bulgarian Leva), deposited in DSK Bank EAD, Sofia, to the Ministry of Justice’s account:
Bank Code 66196611.