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Cambodia - Obtain a Police Clearance Certificate (Certificate of Behaviour)

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Introduction

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.

Police certificates are available from the Ministry of Justice. Foreign residents must present a valid passport and visa and their home and work addresses, as well as pay the applicable fees.

A Police Clearance Certificate states that you don't have any criminal record for the period specified in the Certificate.

Eligibility

  • You should apply to Ministry of Justice in Phnom Penh for a police clearance.
  • The Embassy is unable to assist citizens in obtaining a police clearance certificate from Cambodian authorities.
  • To obtain a report, foreigners should go to the Criminal Office at the Ministry of Justice to request a Police Certificate.


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Instructions

Applicants can authorize someone to apply for the Police Certificate for him/her. The applicant should complete an authorization form (the sample of the form is available at Criminal Office at Ministry of Justice), who can submit the completed forms at the Criminal Office. However, if the applicant is in Cambodia, they will be required to submit the form for themselves.

Required Information

  • Name of resident
  • House address
  • How long/length of stay that the resident stayed/ has stayed at that address


Procedure

Cambodia - Phnom Penh residents and non-citizens

Relevant document: ‘Police Certificate’ or ‘Certificate of Behaviour’.

Residents residing in Phnom Penh and non-citizens: Apply to Ministry of Justice

Residents residing outside of Phnom Penh: Apply to the Chief of Police of the local police authority.

Fee: for normal service, 20 working days from the date of submitting the application. The fee for a Cambodian citizen is about USD2.50 (10,000 riel) and for non-Cambodians the fee is about USD62.50 (250,000 riel).

Fast service: it takes 12 working days from the date of submitting the application. The fee for a Cambodian is about USD10.00 (40,000 riel) and for a non-Cambodian the fee is about USD125.00 (500,000 riel).


Cambodia - residents outside Phnom Penh

Relevant document: ‘Police Certificate’ or ‘Certificate of Behaviour’.

Residents residing outside of Phnom Penh: Apply to the Chief of Police of the local police authority.

Fee: for normal service, 20 working days from the date of submitting the application. The fee for a Cambodian citizen is about USD2.50 (10,000 riel) and for non-Cambodians the fee is about USD62.50 (250,000 riel).

Fast service: it takes 12 working days from the date of submitting the application. The fee for a Cambodian is about USD10.00 (40,000 riel) and for a non-Cambodian the fee is about USD125.00 (500,000 riel).

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Required Documents

  • Applicants should have the following documents:
  • A completed application form. This form can be obtained at the Criminal Office;
  • One photograph (size 4cm x 6cm);
  • A bio-information form;
  • A copy of the biographical page of the passport;
  • Copies of the first and last Cambodian visas showing dates of arrival.
  • A Residence Certification Letter from the commune (sangkat) office where the applicant resides and/or resided whilst in Cambodia.

Fees

There are two different fees:

  • 250,000 Riels (approximately USD62.5) for regular service which takes around 20 days, or
  • 500,000 Riels (approximately USD125.00) for expedited service which takes around 12 days.


Validity

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

Documents to Use

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Sample Documents

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Processing Time

  • Regular service takes around 20 days
  • Expedited service takes around 12 days

Office Locations & Contacts

Ministry of Justice
No. 14 Sothearos (St. 3)
12301 Phnom Penh
Cambodia
Telephone: 023 212 693 / 023 211 038 / 023 360 327
Fax: 023 364 119 / 023 215 349
Email: moj@cambodia.gov.kh
Website
Cambodian Missions Overseas

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Video

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Information which might help

Head to the Ministry of Justice for the criminal record check. The MOJ is in front of the Royal Palace and the office you need is on the river side of the building. The required forms must be filled out in Khmer and include details about your employment, spouse, parents, children etc. Documents you need for this stage are passport and copies of front page, current visa and the visa you obtained when you entered Cambodia for the first time, certificate from Sangkat Chief. Again you'll need two passport photos.

The cost of the criminal record check is a staggering 250 000 riel ($62.50) if you are happy with a processing time of 20 working days. If you want the check done in 12 working days it will cost you 500 000 riel. I had trouble believing it cost this much and thought that it must also be a 'negotiable' fee, but a colleague checked it out and there is an official decree that these are the costs for foreigners to get criminal record checks.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate

Can be used when applying for a Permanent Resident

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.

External Links

http://www.immi.gov.au/faqs/Pages/how-do-i-apply-for-a-police-check-if-i-am-outside-australia.aspx

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Cambodia

http://www.phnompenh.gov.kh/phnom-penh-city-ministry-of-justice-259.html

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/355923-k1-police-clearance/

Ministry of Justice – Cambodia


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.

A Residence Certification Letter is required when applying for a Police Certificate. To obtain this document, foreigners should go to the local commune (sangkat) office where the applicant resides/ resided in Cambodia to request the letter. There is a no-standard administrative fee for the provision of this letter.

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