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Procedure[edit]

Police clearance (Good Conduct) Certificate is an important document which serves as a proof that the person has no criminal record or previously involved in criminal, breach of trust cases or violation of law both in his home country and during his residence in Venezuela. Both locals and expats are supposed to obtain this certificate.

Conditions and Instructions:

  • All compulsory fields should be filled in.
  • Make sure all entered information is correct.
  • Make sure all required documents are provided.

Every person older than 16 included in your immigration process must request this certificate issued by the Ministry of Interior and Justice(Ministerio del Interior y Justicia).

You need to issue a letter to the Viceministro de Seguridad Jurdica del MIJ establishing why you require this certificate with a copy of your Venezuelan ID.

The request is made at the Departamento de Seguridad Jurdica; It can be done in person or you can authorize a third party.

The address in Caracas is, Av. Urdaneta, Plaza La Candelaria, Edf. Paris (al lado de la Iglesia)

Monday - Friday from 8 am to 11 am. It takes around 15 days, and you can pick up the certificate from Monday - Friday from 8 am to 11 am and from 1 pm to 4 pm.

Relevant document Certificado de Antecedentes Penales.

Apply

Residents request penal clearance certificate by writing a letter directed to the Viceministro de Seguridad Juridica del Ministerio del Interior y Justicia indicating the date and reason for the request, attaching a photocopy of their Identity Card. The request can be made by the individual person but must be made in the name of Immigration New Zealand due to the fact that these certificates must be issued only to public authorities.

Non-residents must appoint a relative or friend to act on their behalf.

A fee is payable.

More information can be found at www.gobiernoenlinea.ve/misc-view/index.pag.



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Required Documents[edit]

  • Photocopy of your Identity Card or Passport
  • Reason for request,
  • Applicable fees



Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Ministry of the Internal Affairs, Justice and Peace

List of diplomatic missions of Venezuela



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Eligibility[edit]

  • Relevant document: Certificado de Antecedentes Penales.
  • Residents: Request a penal certificate by writing to the Viceministro de Seguridad Juridica del Ministerio del Interior y Justicia indicating the date and reason for your request.
  • These certificates can only be issued to public authorities, so the request must be made in the name of the Australian Embassy.
  • Provide: a photocopy of your Identity Card.
  • Non-residents: You will need to appoint a relative or friend to act on your behalf, presenting an Autorizacion Notarial a favour de la persona. Apply at the Viceministro de Seguridad Juridica del Ministerio del Interior y Justicia.
  • Fee: payable.



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e.g. Birth Certificate Valid Forever



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Instructions[edit]

Police certificates (Certificacin de Antecedentes Penales, in Spanish) are available free of charge to Venezuelans and non-Venezuelans over the age of 18 who are physically present in Venezuela and have either a national identity card (cdula de identidad, in Spanish) or passport. Applicants must apply in person at the Divisin de Antecedentes Penales del Ministerio de Interior y Justicia, Edificio Paris, piso 5, La Candelaria, Caracas, Venezuela. Venezuelans residing outside of Venezuela can obtain their police certificate by having a close relative resident in Venezuela submit a request (this option is not available to non-Venezuelans).

Alternatively, the any applicant may obtain a police certificate online. Consult the following web site http://www.mpprij.gob.ve/ and select the option "certificaciones para trmites intercionales".



Required Information[edit]

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,
  • 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[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.

Police certificate is also known as good citizen certificate, good conduct certificate, police clearance certificate, or judicial record extracts. Applicants may have to submit fingerprints and certain personal information to request a criminal record check, and the police or government agency may charge a fee. If no record found, the police certificate will indicate such.

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.



Information which might help[edit]

Each individual has the right to contact any police station or the judiciary for the purpose of ordering a certificate regarding his or her criminal record, which will be sent according to the law, directly to foreign missions, to missions abroad or to international adoption agencies, depending on the available data.

It is the applicants responsibility to contact the relevant authorities to obtain the necessary police certificates or clearances. Each countrys 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.

In most cases, you must contact the police or government to ask for a certificate. You may have to:

  • provide information or documents, such as photographs, fingerprints, or your addresses and dates that you lived in the country or territory, and
  • pay a fee.

Police certificate should be requested by writing a letter addressed to the Viceministro de Seguridad Jurdica del Ministerio del Interior y Justicia indicating the:

  • date,
  • reason for request,
  • photocopy of your Identity Card, and
  • applicable fees.

Since police certificates can only be issued from a public authority, you must mention that it is requested by the Canadian Embassy.

For more information visit the following website: www.mpprij.gob.ve



Other uses of the Document/Certificate[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.



External Links[edit]

Ministry of the Internal Affairs, Justice and Peace

Government Online

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Venezuela



Others[edit]

Police clearance certificate is an official document issued by the police in a country, certifying the criminal record or otherwise of the applicant. Ideally, every adult who has been a resident in any country for six months and over requires a police clearance certificate from that country when applying for visa or immigration services.

This document is required from all visa applicants 18 years or older and this required from each country the applicant has lived in since the age of 18 for more than 6 months. Each country has different procedures in which to obtain a police clearance certificate. It is recommended that you contact the police department in each country direct where you have lived for more than 6 months since the age of 18 to find out the local procedure.