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Spain - Obtain a Police Clearance Certificate (Criminal Record Certificate)

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I. Apply in Spain
a. Apply In-Person
  1. Applicant shall apply at the ‘Central Office of Citizen Services’ Or ‘Territorial Managements of the Ministry of Justice’ as per their applicable province.
  2. Link for contact: link1 and link2
  3. Go to the respective office.
  4. Submit your completed application along with required document and fees to the respective officer for process. Applicant shall mention about how he/she want the delivery of certificate to be, while applying.
  5. Applicant shall also designate a person to apply and pay the fees on his/her behalf. Designate should carry ID proof along with the authenticated designation letter (for abroad applicant embassy will authenticate).
  6. The certificate can be collected from the office where applicant applied in-person upon notification or issued as per norms.

b. Mail(Post)
  1. Applicant should complete the application form, attach certified copies of required documents along with document justifying fees paid for applying through mail.
  2. For mailing address details as per your province follow the links: link1 and link2 Applicant should mail(post) it to the located address as per the above link.
  3. For those applying from other countries for criminal record certificates shall mail it to:
The Central Citizen Service Office,
Criminal Section, Ministry of Justice.
Calle Bolsa, 8. 28012, Madrid,
4. Once the certificate is ready, it will be sent by mail to the address you specify or as per norms.

c. Through Online - Spain Obtain a Police Clearance Certificate (Criminal Record Certificate) Online with Images
  1. Please use the following link Online Portal Link to reach online applying page.
  2. In the given page please select “Processing on-line with [email protected]” option under “Application for the digital Criminal Records certificate” to reach next page.
  3. Please select the identification method as appropriate for you. Please select applicable option to complete the preliminary process for getting the online application page. For instance select “Access” under “eldentifier” option.
  1. In the given online application page, please fill in the prompted details for applicant information, address, communication etc. Complete the other page prompts and follow the tab as applicable to complete the online application process.
  2. Applicant can find the manual as per the link here useful to get details of online process. : link
  3. After the certificate is ready, it will be sent via e-mail ID as provided by applicant while applying and can be downloaded.
  4. If for some reason it is not possible to issue the certificate electronically you will be notified.

The criminal record certificate must be legalized if it is to have validity outside of Spain. Select the option of apostle in the application of your certificate.

Required Documents[edit]

Country specific

  • Two copies of your ID or Passport. One certified by a notary and the other in blank.
  • A Money Order or Certified Check in favor of the Consulate General of Spain from that respective country.
  • A pre-paid envelope for the return of any courier company, with the destination address duly completed.
  • Valid respective “National Identification Card”
  • Document that justifies the payment of the fee.
  • Authorized “copy of administration” of the form 790.
  • Proof of bank transfer got – “Ministry of Justice - Restricted Account Collection Foreign Taxes”

Foreign national

  • A copy of your passport while living in Spain.
  • A copy of your permit of stay in Spain, passport number and place of issue as well.

In general

  • Link for application form: link
  • Following link has details for payment and link to download form : link(form 790 link available on the right part of the screen under related information)
  • Valid passport (attested copy as per requirement)
  • Valid citizen proof (respective ID’s issued by respective nation)
  • Passport size photographs
  • Birth certificate (as per requirement)
  • Proofs of legal stay (copy of passport held during the said period with respective stamp and seal)
  • Email ID (useful to communicate issues with respect to your application).
  • A self-addressed envelope with or without stamps (as required)
  • Valid contact number (applicant can be communicated)

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Central Citizen Service Office,
Ministry of Justice,
Calle de la Bolsa, 8,
28012 Madrid, Spain.
Contacts: link and link



  • Applicant with valid passport and a valid address proof.
  • 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.


  • € 3.78
  • Authorities will be able to provide details of the fees for appropriate requirements.
  • Fee varies for case to case. Updated fee requirement will be provided by respective authorities while applying.


  • As indicted on the certificate otherwise, it will be valid for 3 months.
  • Validity norms vary from country to country.

Documents to Use[edit]

Application Form - Model 790


Sample Documents[edit]

Please attach sample completed documents that would help other people.

Processing Time[edit]

  • Under normal circumstances the certificate will be issued in 24 hours after the application is made.
  • In certain cases this period may be prolonged, but generally no longer than 3 working days. (the deadline the Administration has for issuing is 10 working days from the date the application is received).
  • Processing time varies with respect to the country from where applied.

Related Videos[edit]

Spain - Online Police Clearance Certificate (Criminal Record Certificate)

Spain - Obtain A Police Clearance Certificate (Criminal Record Certificate)



  • Submitting the application form 790 is mandatory when requesting the certificate in person or by mail. This form must not be photocopied since it has a unique number code for each request.
  • When your download is ready, you have a period of 90 calendar days to download the certificate failure to which, you must re-apply. For downloading apostilled certificates, the time is reduced to 25 calendar days.

Required Information[edit]

  • Your full name
  • Your date and place of birth
  • Your current residential addresses
  • The purpose of the request


Need for the Document[edit]

This certificate that allows to prove the lack or existence of criminal records that appear in the Central Register of Pendants on the date they are issued.

Information which might help[edit]

The criminal record certificate must be legalised for it to be valid outside of Spain.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

Please explain what are other uses of obtaining this document/certificate.
e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

External Links[edit]

Application for the Digital Criminal Records Certificate

Criminal Record Certificate



More information which might help people.