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French Polynesia - Obtain Police Clearance Certificate (Criminal Record)

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For Citizens born in French Polynesia.

a. Apply in person in French Polynesia
  1. Police Clearance Certificate can be applied at “Court of First Instance“
  2. Go to the respective office. Don’t forget to take the required copy of documents along with originals to the office. Application forms can be obtained from the respective office on visit.
  3. Please follow as per authorities guidelines and submit the completed application along with documents. Applicant should pay for any charges if required as advised.
  4. This application will be processed by respective department.
  5. The certificate can be collected from the office where applicant applied in person or will be delivered through mail upon notification or issued as per norms.
  6. Address to apply in person:
Court of First Instance.
Criminal Records Department,
French Polynesia,
B.P. 4633,
98713 Papeete Tahiti,
Telephone: 00 689 40 41 55 0052.

b. Apply through mail(post) - overseas
  1. Police Clearance Certificate can be applied at “Court of First Instance“ through mail (post)
  2. This application received will be processed by respective department. The certificate will be delivered to the applicant as per norms.
  3. Address to apply:
Court of First Instance.
Criminal Records Department,
French Polynesia,
B.P. 4633,
98713 Papeete Tahiti,
Telephone: 00 689 40 41 55 0052.

For Non citizens and citizens born outside French Guyana.

a. Apply through mail(post) in French Guyana and overseas
  1. Police Clearance Certificate can be applied at “Casier Judiciaire National”(National criminal record) through mail(post)
  2. Please mail the filled application, Documents and fee paid details to…
  3. Address:
Casier Judiciaire National,
107 Rue du Landreau,
44079 Nantes Cedex 01,
  • This application received will be processed by respective department. The certificate will be delivered to the applicant as per norms.

Required Documents[edit]

Country specific

  • Valid identity document (identity card, passport, driving license).
  • Valid passport.
  • Citizen proof/Document of National Identity (DNI)

Foreign national

  • A copy of your passport while living in French Polynesia.
  • A copy of your permit of stay in French Polynesia, passport number and place of issue as well.
  • Proofs of legal stay (copy of passport held during the said period with respective stamp and seal).

In general

  • Application form.
  • Letter for requirement.
  • Valid citizen proof with photo (respective ID’s issued by respective nation).
  • Email ID (useful to communicate issues with respect to your application)
  • Valid contact number (applicant can be communicated)
  • Passport-size photos.
  • Birth certificate (as per requirement).

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Court of First Instance,
Criminal Records Department,
French Polynesia,
B.P. 4633,
98713 Papeete Tahiti,
Telephone: 00 689 40 41 55 0052 .



  • Applicant with valid passport and a valid address proof.
  • Age: 16 years and above. In case of minors, the application must be submitted by the parent exercising parental authority, if the minor has not turned 16 years.
  • The current address of the applicant must be same as in the passport and other supporting documents.
  • Applicants who are in need of residential status, employment or long term visa or for immigration to a foreign nation.


Fee/charge varies for case to case. Updated fee requirement will be provided by respective authorities while applying.


Validity norms vary from country to country.

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Processing Time[edit]

Processing time varies with respect to the country from where applied.

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Local Requests
  • French citizens born in French Polynesia should apply in person or by mail for a Bulletin no. 3. More information may be obtained from the Web site: Applications should be sent to Tribunal de premire instance
Non-Resident Requests
  • Non-French citizens and French citizens born outside of French Polynesia should apply by mail for a Bulletin no.3 at Casier Judiciaire National

Required Information[edit]

  • Last name
  • Name (s)
  • Married name
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Department No.
  • District
  • Home address


Need for the Document[edit]

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.

This confidential document is strictly personal. You do not have the right to request the ballot of another person, even if it is your spouse (s) or your adult child.

The law punishes anyone * was issued with the newsletter of the criminal records of a third party.

Criminal record, update 3"(Bulletin # 3) cannot be asked to serve the national automated criminal records by the person concerned or his legal representative in the case of a minor or an adult under guardianship. Demand which shall specify the Vital Statistics interested, may be made by letter or computer communications.

However, if the applicant was born abroad, if his place of birth is unknown or is under the age of twelve years, the application can only be made by letter with proof of marital status. Bulletin # 3 can also be obtained if the person concerned is in the service of the national automated criminal records and justifies identity "(Article R. 82 of the Code of Criminal Procedure).

Information which might help[edit]

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.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

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[edit]

Department of Criminal Affairs and Pardons

Official Tourism Website

Government of French Polynesia

Presidency of French Polynesia



All applicants 16 years of age and over require a police certificate from his or her country of nationality or current residence if living there more than six months (6 months), and from any other country if residence was more than one year (12 months), unless the country is specifically excluded from this requirement by the State Department.

Applicants must request the police clearance at least fifteen (15) working days in advance of the visa interview so that the Embassy will have it on the interview date.

Failure to request the police clearances in a timely manner will cause a delay in the approval and issuance of your visa.

Applicants must submit the attached form(s) at the appropriate police station in person, with their passports, so that their fingerprints may be taken.