How to obtain a police certificate

Do I need to provide a Police Certificate with my Application for Permanent Residence? Yes

Name of document(s) to get: Certificate of Conduct (Führungszeugnis)

How to get a Police Certificate:

If you are a citizen of Germany:

If you live in Germany:

You can apply in person at your local registration office (Meldebehörde) in which you are currently registered or you can apply online on the website of the Federal Office of Justice if you have a valid and recognized electronic signature (elektronischen Personalausweis) such as an electronic residency permit (elektronischen Aufenthaltstitel) and a card-reading machine (Kartenlesegerät). This service is only available in the German language.

If you live outside of Germany:

There are three ways you can apply:

  1. You can apply by mail by sending your application to Federal Office of Justice at:

    Bundesamt für Justiz
    Referat IV 2
    53094 Bonn

  2. You can apply online on the website of the Federal Office of Justice if you have a valid and recognized electronic signature (elektronischen Personalausweis) such as an electronic residency permit (elektronischen Aufenthaltstitel) and a card-reading machine (Kartenlesegerät). This service is only available in the German language.

  3. You can travel to Germany and apply in person directly at the Federal Office of Justice located at:

    Bundesamt für Justiz
    Besucherservice
    Adenauerallee 99 - 103
    53113 Bonn

If you are not a citizen of Germany:

If you live in Germany:

You can apply in person at your local registration office (Meldebehörde) in which you are currently registered or you can apply online on the website of the Federal Office of Justice if you have a valid and recognized electronic signature (elektronischen Personalausweis) such as an electronic residency permit (elektronischen Aufenthaltstitel) and a card-reading machine (Kartenlesegerät). This service is only available in the German language.

If you live outside of Germany:

There are two ways you can apply:

  1. You can apply by mail by sending your application to Federal Office of Justice at:

    Bundesamt für Justiz
    Referat IV 2
    53094 Bonn

  2. If you intend to travel to Germany, you can also apply in person at the Federal Office of Justice at the following address:

    Bundesamt für Justiz
    Besucherservice
    Adenauerallee 99 - 103
    53113 Bonn

Information and documents you need:

  • Applicable fees
  • Application form (available in German, French and English)

Special notes and considerations

Do I need to provide a police certificate for Express Entry?

Yes. If you are Invited to Apply (ITA) for Permanent Residence, you need to upload a police certificate in your Electronic Application for Permanent Residence (e-APR). Please follow the instructions above to get your police certificate.

We will not accept police certificates sent by mail for Express Entry applications.

For more information on fees, processing times, how to apply online, how to obtain an electronic signature or to download the forms, please consult the website of the Federal Office of Justice.

Your police certificate will be mailed to your residential address (even if you reside abroad). It cannot be sent to a third party.

Your police certificate will be issued in German only. Translation in English or French is required.

German law restricts who can be authorized on your behalf to request your police certificate.

If you apply from overseas, you must confirm your personal data and signature by a German diplomatic representative, a foreign authority or a notary, or you must provide an officially-certified photocopy of an official document.

If your certificate contains entries and you reside abroad, the Federal Office of Justice will forward your police certificate to the German embassy or consulate where you reside and you will be invited to come and look at the document in person. In order for the German embassy/consulate to send this document to the responsible Canadian visa office, you must give your consent.


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