Step-by-Step Guide to Applying for a Licence

Overseas Criminal Record Checks

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Disclaimer: This information has been collated from information presented to the SIA from United Kingdom and overseas government sources. It should not be viewed as exhaustive and, while we endeavour to keep information up to date, we cannot accept responsibility for any omissions or inaccuracies.

FINLAND

Criminal Records customer service can be contacted at:

Oikeusrekisterikeskus (Legal Register Center)
PB 157
13101 Hameenlinna
Finland

Tel and Fax: +358 3 662 3770
E-mail: oikeusrekisterikeskus@om.fi

Application forms can be downloaded from http://www.oikeusrekisterikeskus.fi/en/index/oikeusrekisterikeskus/lomakkeet.html

An application must contain your full name and previous names, social security number, place of birth, why the data is requested, date and signature. Application is free.

Embassy of Finland
38 Chesham Place
London
SW1X 8HW

Tel: 020 7838 6200
Fax: 020 7235 3680
E-mail: sanomat.lon@formin.fi

FRANCE

Individuals can request their "Bulletin 3" record as an extract from the National Criminal Record by contacting the National Criminal Record Service at:

Casier Judiciaire National
107 rue de Landreau
F-44079 NANTES CEDEX 1
FRANCE

Tel: +33 0251 8989 51

Download the form

Until we hold more information about the criminal record certificate you should have the documentation verified by your Embassy before sending it in with your licence application.

French Embassy
58 Knightsbridge
London
SW1X 7JT

Tel: 020 7073 1000
Fax: 020 7073 1004
E-mail: consulat.londres-fslt@diplomatie.fr

FAROE ISLANDS (Please see Denmark)

FIJI

Applicants should contact the below.

High Commission of the Republic of the Fiji Islands
34 Hyde Park Gate
London
SW7 5DN

Opening Hours: Monday-Thursday 09.30 - 13.00, 14.00 - 17.00
Friday 09.30 - 13.00 & 14.00 - 16.00

T: 020 7584 3661
F: 020 7584 2838
E: mail@fijihighcommission.org.uk
W: www.fijihighcommission.org.uk

GABON

Applicants should contact the below.

Embassy of the Gabonese Republic
27 Elvaston Place
London
SW7 5NL

T: 020 7823 9986
F: 020 7584 0047
W: www.gabonembassyuk.org

GAMBIA

Applicants should contact the below.

The Gambia High Commission
57 Kensington Court
London
W8 5DG

Opening Hours: Monday–Thursday 09.30 - 17.00
Friday 09.30 – 13.00

T: 020 7937 6316
T: 020 7937 6317
T: 020 7937 6318
F: 020 7937 9095
E: gambiahighcomuk@btconnect.com

GEORGIA

Applicants should contact the below.

Embassy of Georgia
4 Russell Gardens
London
W14 8EZ

T: 020 7348 1941
F: 020 7603 6682
E: embassy@geoemb.plus.com
W: www.uk.mfa.gov.ge

Consulate

T: 020 7348 1942
E: consular@geoemb.plus.com

GHANA

Applicants should contact the below.

Ghana High Commission
104 Highgate Hill
London
N6 5HE

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5.00pm

T: 020 8342 8686
F: 020 8345 8566
E: enquiries@ghana-com.co.uk

GERMANY

Anyone resident outside the Federal Republic of Germany who has reached the age of 14 can make a written application for a private certificate of good conduct ("polizeiliches Fuhrungszeugnis"), made to the Central Criminal Register.

German residents who wish to apply for a certificate should apply through their local registration office (Einwohnermeldeamt). The application must contain the applicants name and address, as well as a signature. Personal details and signature must be confirmed officially. Such official confirmation can be provided by a German embassy or consulate, or by a foreign public authority or a notary public. Submission of an officially certified photocopy of official identity papers showing the personal details of the person to whom the application refers will also suffice. The copy is to be signed by the applicant prior to certification. A note is to be made it the name at birth is not the same as the family name. There is a charge for each certificate, and payment can be made by cheque or transfer to the following account of the Bundeszentralregister:

Deutsche Bundesbank - Filiale Bonn -
Bank code 380 000 00
Account No.: 380 010 05
IBAN-Nr.: DE24 3800 0000 0038 001005
BIC/swift-Nr.: MARKDEF1380
Purpose: (reference number - if known -, or first and last names of the applicant)

Cheques from European countries must be made out in Euros. Cheques from the UK can be made out in sterling.

Download the form

The application can be made with the registration authority direct and should be sent to the following address:

Der Generalbundesanwalt beim Bundesgerichtshof
Dienststelle Bundeszentralregister
Sachgebiet BZR 32 - Internationale Rechtshilfe -
53094 Bonn
Germany

Fax: (+49) 1888 410 5050


Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
23 Belgrave Square
London
SW1X 8PZ

Tel: 020 7824 1300
Fax: 020 7824 1435
E-mail: mail@german-embassy.org.uk

GIBRALTAR

Applicants should contact the below.

Embassy

Government of Gibraltar
Gibraltar House
150 The Strand
London
WC2R 1JA

T: 020 7836 0777
F: 020 72406612
E: info@gibraltar.gov.uk

Police

Royal Gibraltar Police
New Mole House
Rosia Road
Gibraltar

T: 00 350 20061564
E: rgpimm@gibtelecom.net

GREECE

Applicants should contact the:

Ministry of Justice
Criminal Records Department
96 Messoghion Street
115 27 Athens
Greece

Tel: +210 7713 503
Fax: + 210 7483 326


Alternatively applicants can contact the Athens Public Prosecutor's Office, Tel: +210 6400 708 or +210 6455 857.

Embassy of Greece
1A Holland Park
London
W11 3TP

Chancery
Tel: 020 7229 3850
Fax: 020 7229 7221
E-mail: gremb.lon@mfa.gr
Website: www.greekembassy.org.uk

Consulate General
Tel: 020 7221 6467
Fax: 020 7243 3202
E-mail: consulategeneral@greekembassy.org.uk
Website: www.greekembassy.org.uk

GRENADA

Applicants should contact the below.

High Commission for Grenada
The Chapel
Archel Road
West Kensington
London
W14 9QH

Opening Hours: Monday-Friday 09:00 - 17:00

T: 020 7385 4415
F: 020 7381 4807
E: office@grenada-highcommission.co.uk
W: www.grenadahclon.co.uk

GUATEMALA

Applicants should contact the below.

Embassy of Guatemala
13A Fawcett Street
London
SW10 9HN

T: 020 7351 3042
F: 020 7376 5708
E: inlglaterra@minex.gob.gt

GUINEA

Applicants should contact the below.

Embassy of the Republic of Guinea
258 Belsize Road
London
NW6 4BT

T: 020 7316 1861
F: 020 7316 1861
E: ambaguineeuk@yahoo.co.uk

GUINEA BISSAU

Applicants should contact the below.

Embassy of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau
94 Rue Street. Lazare
75009
Paris

T: 0033 1 48 74 36 39

GUYANA

Applicants should contact the below.

High Commission for Guyana
3 Palace Court
Bayswater Road
London
W2 4LP

T: 020 7229 7684
F: 020 7727 9809
E: guyanahc1@btconnect.com
W: www.guyanahc.com

HONG KONG

Applicants who require a criminal record check from Hong Kong should contact the overseas criminality department and request an application pack.

Overseas Criminality Department
Security Industry Authority
PO BOX 74957
London
E14 1UG

HUNGARY

Applicants for criminal record certificates can apply by filling in the requisite form, available from any Hungarian post office, or if they are abroad, they can contact the local embassy or consulate.

Until we hold more information about the criminal record certificate you should have the documentation verified by your Embassy before sending it in with your licence application.

Embassy of the Republic of Hungary
35 Eaton Place
London
SW1X 8BY

Tel: 020-7235-5218
Fax: 020-7823-1348
E-mail: hunpress@huemblon.org.uk

HAITI

Applicants should contact the below.

Embassy of the Republic of Haiti
20 Bloomsbury Way
London
WC1A 2TH

HONDURAS

Applicants should contact the below.

Embassy of Honduras
115 Gloucester Place
London
W1U 6JT

Opening Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00 - 16:00

T: 020 7486 4880
F: 020 7486 4550
E: hondurasuk@lineone.net

ICELAND

If the applicant lives in Iceland they can get the form at any local police station. If abroad they should contact:

Ministry of Justice
Skuggasundi 150
Reykjavik
Iceland

Tel: + 354 545 9000
Fax: + 354 552 7340
Website: http://eng.domsmalaraduneyti.is/ministry/contact/

Applications can also be downloaded from the website at www.domsmalaraduneyti.is

Until we hold more information about the criminal record certificate you should have the documentation verified by your Embassy before sending it in with your licence application.

Embassy of Iceland
2A Hans Street
London
SW1X 0JE

Tel: 020 7259 3999
Fax: 020 7245 9649
E-mail: icemb.london@utn.stjr.is
Website: www.iceland.is/iceland-abroad/uk

INDIA

Criminal record certificates can be obtained directly from the High Commission of India at the following address:

The High Commission of India
India House
Aldwych
London
WC2B 4NA

Tel: 020 7836 8484
Fax: Fax: 020 7836 4331
Website: www.hcilondon.in

Alternatively, applicants can contact the local police station for all of the areas in which they have lived. Certificates obtained in this manner will need to be verified as authentic by the High Commission of India before they are submitted to us.

IRAQ

We understand that it is difficult for applicants to obtain a criminal record check from the relevant authorities in Iraq. Because of this, we may allow the submission of a sworn oath in lieu of a criminal record check. Our Overseas Criminality Department will need to approve this.

Please send your request to the Overseas Criminality Department at the following address:

Overseas Criminality Department
21 Queens Gate
London
SW7 5JE

T: 020 7590 7650
E: lonemb@mofa.gov.iq

You will need to provide official documentation for your time in Iraq - for example: a passport showing entry and exit stamps, or a Group B document (an explanation of what we mean by a Group B document is available here).

Consular Section

3 Elvaston Place
London
SW7 5QH

T: 020 7590 9220
F: 020 7590 9226

ISRAEL

Applicants must complete an application form and provide three passport-size photographs, their identity card or passport, as well as the immigration file number.

  • Applicants residing in Jerusalem (East or West) or in the Golan Heights should apply for an Israeli police certificate.
  • Applicants residing in the Gaza Strip or in the West Bank should apply for a Palestinian police certificate.
  • Non-Resident Requests: Applicants may apply for a police certificate at the nearest Israeli embassy or consulate.

In Israel:

If the applicant resides in Israel, a criminal record check can be obtained by contacting the following department (full contact details will be listed domestically):

National Headquarters
Criminal Information Section
Information Transfer Squad

In the UK:

If the applicant is now in the UK your criminal record check can be obtained from the Israeli Embassy

Embassy of Israel
15A Old Court Place
London
W8 4PL

Tel: 020 7957 9500
E-mail: consulate@london.mfa.gov.il

You should have the documentation verified by your Embassy before sending it in with your licence application.

ITALY

British nationals can obtain good conduct certificates at the Consular section of the British Embassy in Rome for a fee (amount not known).

The British Embassy
Via XX
Settembre 80a
1-00187 Rome

Tel: +39 06 4200 0001.
Website: www.britain.it

Italian nationals should apply to their local Giudice Unico di Primo Grado for a certificate generale which contains both civil and criminal records. They should specify that they need a country wide certificate.

Italian citizens can find addresses where to apply for a certificate on www.giustizia.it/servizi cittadino/cl-5.htm.

Until we hold more information about the criminal record certificate you should have the documentation verified by your Embassy before sending it in with your licence application.

Italian Embassy
14, Three Kings Yard
Davies Street
London
W1Y 2EH

Tel: 020 7312 2200
Fax: 020 7499 2283
E-mail: ambasciata.londra@esteri.it

INDONESIA

Applicants should contact the below.

Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia
38 Grosvenor Square
London
W1K 2HW

Opening Hours: Monday-Friday 09.00-17.00

T: 020 7499 7661
F: 020 7491 4993
W: www.indonesianembassy.org.uk

IRAN

Applicants should contact the below.

Embassy

Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran
16 Prince’s Gate
London
SW7 1PT

T: 020 7225 222
F: 020 7589 4440
W: www.iran-embassy.org.uk

Consulate

50 Kensington Court
London
W8 5DB

T: 020 7937 5225
F: 020 7938 1615

IRELAND

Applicants should contact the below.

Embassy of Ireland
17 Grosvenor Place
London
SW1X 7HR

Opening Hours: Monday-Friday 09.30-17.00

T: 020 7235 2171
F: 020 7201 2515

For Police Certificates, applicants should contact the following address:

Inspector in Charge
Garda Central Vetting Unit
Racecourse Road
Thurles
Co. Tipperary

The Central vetting Unit can also be contacted by telephone

T: 00353 50427300
F: 00353 50427373

JAMAICA

Police certificates can be obtained on application to:

Criminal Records Office
C.I.B. Headquarters
P.O Box 462
East Queen Street
Kingston
Jamaica

Jamaican High Commission
1-2 Prince Consort Road
London
SW7 2BZ

Tel: 020 7823 9911
Fax: 020 7589 5154
E-mail: jamhigh@jhcuk.com
Website: www.jhcuk.org

JAPAN

Applicants should contact the below.

Embassy of Japan
101-104 Piccadilly
London
W1J 7JT

Opening Hours: Monday-Friday 09.30-18.00

T: 020 7465 6500
F: 020 7491 9348
W: www.uk.emb-japan.go.jp

Information Section

T: 020 7465 6500
F: 020 7491 9347

JORDAN

Applicants should contact the below.

Embassy of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
6 Upper Phillimore Gardens
London
W8 7HA

Opening Hours: Monday-Friday 09:00 - 15:00

T: 020 7937 3685
F: 020 7937 8795
E: info@jordanembassyuk.org
W: www.jordanembassyuk.org