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==Procedure==
 
==Procedure==
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'''PROCESS FOR CITIZENS AND NON CITIZENS OF UNITED KINGDOM – FOR BOTH WHO LIVE IN UK AND OVERSEAS:'''<br>
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:'''a. Apply online''' - [https://www.wikiprocedure.com/index.php?title=United_Kingdom_-_Online_Police_Clearance_Certificate_(Police_Certificate) United Kingdom Obtain a Police Clearance Certificate (Police Certificate) Online with Images]<br>
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:#You can apply online using following link: [https://www.acro.police.uk/Subject_Access_Online.aspx link]
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:#In the given page, please select the box for “Please tick here to confirm you have read this information” at the bottom and hit “Start request” tab to get the personal information prompt session.
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:#Applicant shall fill in the details and hit ”Go to Step 2” tab at the bottom to reach next session.
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:#Similarly, applicant should complete the contact details, address history, delivery options, additional information, proof of identity and then view the summary of the provided information by completing the page prompts.
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:#The submitted application will be processed by respective department.
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:#Certificate will be issued as per norms.
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:'''b. Mail(post)'''<br>
  
You have the right to ask for a copy of records the police have about you. This is called a ‘subject access request’. A subject access request has records from:<br>
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:#Applicant should complete the application form and attach required documents along with payment proof for applying through mail.
:*police forces in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Jersey and the Isle of Man
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:#You can apply by mail to the below mentioned address.
:*the British Transport Police<br>
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:#Application will be processed by the respective department.
You can make a subject access request to the ACRO Criminal Records Office (ACRO) however, the process is different if you need to request records from Scotland.<br><br>
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:#Certificate will be delivered by mail or as per the norms applicable.
'''Police certificates for visa applications'''<br>
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::;Address:
:You can request a police certificate from ACRO. You may need a certificate if you’re applying for a visa or immigrating to some countries, including: Australia, Belgium, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, and the USA<br><br>
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::;ACRO  
:It costs either:<br>
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::PO Box 481, Fareham,  
::*£45 to get the certificate in 10 working days
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::Hampshire, PO14 9FS,
::*£80 for a 2 day premium service<br><br>
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::United Kingdom.
'''How to Request From Criminal Record Office (ACRO) through online.'''<br>
 
#Use this link to submit your request: [https://www.acro.police.uk/acro_std.aspx?id=67 Online portal]
 
#Click on apply and read the guidance for the application process as you scroll down
 
#Click on the check box to confirm you are eligible for the application and select start application to commence your application.
 
#Fill in the application form with the correct in formation and submit.<br>
 
'''What happens once you submit your application?'''<br>
 
You will be notified by email when ACRO receives your application. They will process your request and send your Police Certificate to the postal address shown on your application form and confirmed by your proofs of address and/or to the delivery address specified on your application. The Standard and Premium service fees include 1st class postage to a UK address or standard airmail to an overseas address. They cannot send Police Certificates by email.<br>
 
'''NOTE''' If there is an issue with your application and they will have to contact you for further information, your application may be delayed.<br><br>
 
'''How to Request From Criminal Record Office (ACRO) by Post'''<br>
 
If you are unable to make your application through the online procedure, you can submit it through post, please follow this link to view how to make an application by post. <br>[https://www.acro.police.uk/Police_Certificates_Apply_By_Post.aspx instructions]<br>
 
Once you have opened the link, select which type of application form you want to download i.e. in '''word or PDF.'''<br>
 
After you have downloaded the form read through the guidance, terms and conditions carefully and fill the application form.<br>
 
Mali your application and supporting to the address provided in the application document that you download or view office and contacts below.<br><br>
 
'''Personal record requests from other organizations'''<br>
 
 
 
You can also request your personal records from the following organizations:
 
*[https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/hm-prison-service HM Prison Service]
 
*[http://www.justice.gov.uk/about/hmcts/ HM Courts and Tribunals Service]
 
*[https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/crown-prosecution-service Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)]
 
 
 
'''Third party applications'''<br>
 
ACRO can only supply personal data to the individual to whom it relates. If you are making an application on behalf of someone else (known as a 'third party application') you will need to provide a signed letter of authorisation from the person whose data is being requested, plus proofs of identity that show the true applicant's signature. Valid proofs include a passport, driving licence or identity card. You must have scanned copies of these documents saved to your computer or device to attach them when making the application via online<br>
 
 
 
'''(See information that might help below for application for check when you apply for role)'''
 
  
 
==Required Documents==
 
==Required Documents==
 
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'''Country specific'''<br>
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*Application form. Please use this link and download the form: [https://www.acro.police.uk/uploadedFiles/Content/Bureau/Police_Certificates/Police-Certificate-Application-Form.pdf form link]
 
*Proof of your current address.
 
*Proof of your current address.
*A recent passport style colour photograph 
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*Passport size photo.
*Colour copies of your passport(s) / travel document / official photographic identity document 
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*Valid passport.
*Any additional documents relevant to your application. Examples include: Power of Attorney, authorization documents, signed letter of authority, etc.
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*Email ID (useful to communicate issues with respect to your application).  
*A valid email address.
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*Valid identity document (identity card, passport, driving license).  
*Your address history 
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*Address card (official certificate on personal identifier and address of domicile).
*Endorser details 
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*Endorser details.
 
*UK National Insurance and Driving License numbers (if applicable).
 
*UK National Insurance and Driving License numbers (if applicable).
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*Your address history.
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*A self addressed envelope for delivery of certificate as required.
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*Valid respective “National Identification Card” as required.
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*Applicable fees (proof shall be attached as applicable).
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*Scan of the original or a certified copy of your temporary residence certificate / permanent residence certificate / temporary residence card / permanent residence card.
  
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'''Foreign national'''<br>
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*A certified copy of passport with entries and exits.
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*A copy of your passport while living in United Kingdom.
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*A copy of your permit of stay in United Kingdom, passport number and place of issue as well.
  
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'''In general'''<br>
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*Valid citizen proof (respective ID’s issued by respective nation).
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*Birth certificate (as per requirement).
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*Valid contact number (applicant can be communicated).
  
  
==Office Locations & Contacts==
 
  
[http://www.acro.police.uk/Contact_Us.aspx Police Certificate, Subject Access or International Child Protection Certificate enquiries]
 
  
[https://www.gov.uk/contact-police Contact the Police]
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==Office Locations & Contacts==
  
[https://www.gov.uk/government/world/organisations Embassies and Consulates]
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'''ACRO'''<br>
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PO Box 481, Fareham,<br>
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Hampshire, PO14 9FS,<br>
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United Kingdom.<br>
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Phone: +44 (0)2380 479 920<br>
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e-mail: [email protected]<br>
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Contacts: [https://www.acro.police.uk/Contact_Us.aspx link1] & [https://www.gov.uk/world/organisations link2]
  
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==Eligibility==
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*Applicant with valid passport and a valid address proof.
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*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.
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*The current address of the applicant must be same as in the passport and other supporting documents.
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*Applicants who are in need of residential status, employment or long term visa or for immigration to a foreign nation.
  
'''Application by post should be sent to this address '''<br>
 
Please send your application and supporting documents to the appropriate address stated below:<br>
 
 
'''Address for Premium Service:'''<br>
 
ACRO (P) PO Box 660<br>
 
Fareham Hampshire<br>
 
PO14 9LN (UK)<br><br>
 
'''Address for Standard Service:'''<br>
 
ACRO PO Box 481<br>
 
Fareham Hampshire<br>
 
PO14 9FS (UK)<br><br>
 
'''Address for Courier Delivery:'''<br>
 
ACRO c/o CitySprint<br>
 
Unit 2, Solent Estate<br>
 
Shamblehurst Lane Hedge End<br>
 
Southampton<br>
 
SO30 2FX (UK)<br>
 
 
==Eligibility==
 
*Anyone who has lived in the UK for any length of time, regardless of nationality.
 
*If you live inside or outside the United Kingdom, you must apply through the [http://www.acro.police.uk/police_certificates.aspx Criminal Records Office of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO)].
 
  
 
==Fees==
 
==Fees==
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*Standard service - £45.00 - 10 working days to process
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*Premium service - £80.00 - 2 working days to process
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*Fee varies for case to case. Updated fee requirement will be provided by respective authorities while applying.
  
There are two service options available for your Police Certificate:<br>
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;To pay
:*Standard service - £45.00 - 10 working days to process (Saturday, Sunday and UK bank holidays are not working days).
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*Payment to the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire is via the Worldpay payment service using a debit or credit card.
:'''The day the application is received and the day the certificate is sent out is not included in the 10 processing days. Please also allow reasonable time for delivery of the certificate. '''
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*Use the link for payment details: [https://www.acro.police.uk/Payment_Methods/ pay details]
:*Premium service - £80.00 - 2 working days to process (Saturday, Sunday and UK bank holidays are not working days).
 
:'''The day the application is received and the day the certificate is sent out is not included in the 10 processing days. Please also allow reasonable time for delivery of the certificate.'''<br>
 
:*Please visit [http://www.acro.police.uk/Payment_Methods/ payment guidance page] for more information on paying by cheque, bank draft, postal orders or bank transfers.
 
  
 
==Validity==
 
==Validity==
*There is no set period of time for which the Police Certificate is considered to be valid. The Police Certificate is only truly accurate on the date of issue. Embassies or High Commissions will usually require you to produce a Police Certificate which has been issued less than six (6) months before your visa interview.
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*There is no set period of time for which the Police Certificate is considered to be valid.  
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*Validity norms vary from country to country.
  
  
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==Sample Documents==
 
==Sample Documents==
 
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  Please attach sample completed documents which would help other people who would like to follow this procedure.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
==Processing Time==
 
==Processing Time==
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*10 working days
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*2 days with additional payment.
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*Processing time varies with respect to the country from where applied.
  
Standard Service : 10 working days<br>
 
Premium Service  : 2 working days
 
  
  
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==Related Videos==
 
==Related Videos==
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==Instructions==
 
==Instructions==
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==Required Information==
 
==Required Information==
 
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*name of the person (in case of change of name and surname and the original name or the original name or nickname if it is held),
[http://www.acro.police.uk/uploadedFiles/Content/Bureau/Forms/Police%20Certificate%20Application%20Form%20-%20ENGLISH%20-%20May%202014.pdf The application must contain data]:
 
*name of the person, in case of change of name and surname and the original name or the original name or nickname if it is held,
 
 
*date of birth,
 
*date of birth,
 
*identification number,
 
*identification number,
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*name and surname of father
 
*name and surname of father
 
*name and maiden name of mother.
 
*name and maiden name of mother.
 
 
 
 
  
 
==Need for the Document==
 
==Need for the Document==

Revision as of 05:02, 14 July 2021

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Procedure

PROCESS FOR CITIZENS AND NON CITIZENS OF UNITED KINGDOM – FOR BOTH WHO LIVE IN UK AND OVERSEAS:

a. Apply online - United Kingdom Obtain a Police Clearance Certificate (Police Certificate) Online with Images
  1. You can apply online using following link: link
  2. In the given page, please select the box for “Please tick here to confirm you have read this information” at the bottom and hit “Start request” tab to get the personal information prompt session.
  3. Applicant shall fill in the details and hit ”Go to Step 2” tab at the bottom to reach next session.
  4. Similarly, applicant should complete the contact details, address history, delivery options, additional information, proof of identity and then view the summary of the provided information by completing the page prompts.
  5. The submitted application will be processed by respective department.
  6. Certificate will be issued as per norms.


b. Mail(post)
  1. Applicant should complete the application form and attach required documents along with payment proof for applying through mail.
  2. You can apply by mail to the below mentioned address.
  3. Application will be processed by the respective department.
  4. Certificate will be delivered by mail or as per the norms applicable.
Address
ACRO
PO Box 481, Fareham,
Hampshire, PO14 9FS,
United Kingdom.
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Required Documents

Country specific

  • Application form. Please use this link and download the form: form link
  • Proof of your current address.
  • Passport size photo.
  • Valid passport.
  • Email ID (useful to communicate issues with respect to your application).
  • Valid identity document (identity card, passport, driving license).
  • Address card (official certificate on personal identifier and address of domicile).
  • Endorser details.
  • UK National Insurance and Driving License numbers (if applicable).
  • Your address history.
  • A self addressed envelope for delivery of certificate as required.
  • Valid respective “National Identification Card” as required.
  • Applicable fees (proof shall be attached as applicable).
  • Scan of the original or a certified copy of your temporary residence certificate / permanent residence certificate / temporary residence card / permanent residence card.

Foreign national

  • A certified copy of passport with entries and exits.
  • A copy of your passport while living in United Kingdom.
  • A copy of your permit of stay in United Kingdom, passport number and place of issue as well.

In general

  • Valid citizen proof (respective ID’s issued by respective nation).
  • Birth certificate (as per requirement).
  • Valid contact number (applicant can be communicated).




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Office Locations & Contacts

ACRO
PO Box 481, Fareham,
Hampshire, PO14 9FS,
United Kingdom.
Phone: +44 (0)2380 479 920
e-mail: [email protected]
Contacts: link1 & link2

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Eligibility

  • 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.


Fees

  • Standard service - £45.00 - 10 working days to process
  • Premium service - £80.00 - 2 working days to process
  • Fee varies for case to case. Updated fee requirement will be provided by respective authorities while applying.
To pay
  • Payment to the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire is via the Worldpay payment service using a debit or credit card.
  • Use the link for payment details: pay details

Validity

  • There is no set period of time for which the Police Certificate is considered to be valid.
  • Validity norms vary from country to country.



Documents to Use

To help you complete your application form, please see an example of a completed form by following the link below.

Example Application Form



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Sample Documents

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

Processing Time

  • 10 working days
  • 2 days with additional payment.
  • Processing time varies with respect to the country from where applied.




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Instructions

  • Immigrant visa applicants who have resided in the United Kingdom for six months or more since the age of sixteen are required to obtain a statement from the National Identification Service, Subject Access Office, Room 331, New Scotland Yard, Broadway, London SW1 OBG.
  • This statement will serve to advise the consular office whether or not any criminal conviction is held against the applicant. The National Identification Service does not accept applications from individual applicants; the request must be made through local police. By law, it can take up to 40 days to receive a response.
  • Persons resident outside the United Kingdom should write to the Data Processing Officer of the police authority where they last resided in the United Kingdom to obtain the appropriate application form. Residents of the United Kingdom should apply to their local police station where they may obtain the application form. When completing the application form, the applicable category is Prosecution/Conviction History. The local police (or data protection officer), will submit the application to the National Identification Service and the response to the application will be sent directly to the applicant.
  • Applicants are legally entitled to gain access to the information about themselves under Section 21 of the British Data Protection Act, 1984.



Required Information

  • name of the person (in case of change of name and surname and the original name or the original name or nickname if it is held),
  • date of birth,
  • identification number,
  • place and district of birth,
  • State of Birth
  • permanent address,
  • the alien's country of birth and,
  • citizenship,
  • sex,
  • name and surname of father
  • name and maiden name of mother.
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Need for the Document

  • You will require this documents for immigration services and when you are seeking employment your employer may seek your criminal record.


Information which might help

Criminal record checks when you apply for a role

Who can check your criminal record?

Employers can check your criminal record no matter what role you apply for. This is called a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
For certain roles an employer can request a more detailed DBS check, for example if you’ll be working with children or in healthcare.
Your employer can still request a basic check if they cannot get a more detailed check for your role.
Find out what type of DBS check your employer can request for your role.

There are different rules for getting a criminal record check in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Types of check
The types of DBS check are:

  • a basic check, which shows unspent convictions and conditional cautions
  • a standard check, which shows any spent and unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings
  • an enhanced check, which shows the same as a standard check plus any information held by local police that’s considered relevant to the role
  • an enhanced check with barred lists, which shows the same as an enhanced check plus whether you’re on the list of people barred from doing the role
  • Check your own record

Your employer can ask you to request your own basic check.
It costs £25. You can then show it to the person you’ll be working for.

If you’re self-employed

If you’ve lived abroad
The check will not cover any time you lived outside the UK. The person requesting the check may ask you:

Other uses of the Document/Certificate

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


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