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Vietnam Criminal Record/Police Check application (Hanoi)

Vietnam Criminal Record/Police Check/ Police Clearance Certificate application for people already left Vietnam (hereinafter called PCC)

You stayed/lived in Vietnam (already left Vietnam) and need a criminal record from here?

You wonder about where and how you can apply for it?
You don’t want to fly back to Vietnam just to apply for this document?
You don’t know exactly about the requirements?
You don’t know where to get the form and you don’t understand Vietnamese to fill up it?

Below are some information:

1) Which one to apply:

There are 2 kinds of Criminal Record in Vietnam: no 1 and no 2.

*No 1 is for:
+ individuals who want to use Criminal Record for personal/professional purpose: apply for a new job, apply for college/university, apply for marriage certificate abroad, apply for residence abroad …
+ political organizations who want to verify about someone for the purpose of employment or promotion.
No 1 only states/includes unspent convictions and doesn’t state/include spent convictions.

You can apply for no 1 by yourself or authorize someone to apply for you.

*No 2 is for:
+ individuals who just want to know their criminal record which is stored in government database (not to apply for job or any other purpose)
+ proceeding-conducting agencies (courts, procuracies) for the purpose of investigating a case/lawsuit.
No 2 states both spent and unspent convictions.

You only can apply for no 2 by yourself, you can’t authorize someone to apply for you.

2) Where and How to apply:

You need to apply at/via The National Center for Criminal Record.

There are 2 ways:

+ Via postal service and online: via Protected content
Applicable for both no 1 and no 2.

Note that though you can make payment by bank transfer, it would take them very long to verify (at least a month). They're having hundreds of applications from abroad which they are still unable to verify (the payment). Even if someone in Vietnam help to do bank transfer in Vietnam, it's the same, paying in cash will make it faster. So after you send your documents to them via postal service, you should have someone call them to ask if the application is accepted, and if yes, that person can come and make payment in cash for you.

+ Authorize someone in Hanoi to come to The National Center for Criminal Record to help you to apply in person.
Address: 6th floor, Building A, No.9 Tran Vi Street, Mai Dich Ward, Cau Giay District, Hanoi. This is inside campus of Vietnam’s Judicial Academy.

Only applicable for no 1.

3) Application for Criminal Record no 1:

* Note:

+ You need to certify all your documents at Vietnamese Embassy/Consulate. If your country doesn’t have Vietnamese Embassy/Consulate, go to a neighboring country has. They don’t accept certification from any elsewhere.

+ All forms need to be filled by Vietnamese in Vietnamese form.

* If apply directly by yourself (postal service + online):

+ An application form for criminal record certificates (Form No. 03/2013/TT-LLTP)

+ A certified copy of applicant’s valid passport or ID card

+ A certified copy of your temporary residence card.
In case there is no temporary residence card, you can submit: certified copy of passport with entries and exits relevant to Vietnam and Vietnam visas.

+ Registration for receiving criminal record certificates through postal service (Form No. 01/2014/LLTP).

* If authorize someone to apply for you:

- An application form for criminal record certificates – (Form No.04/2013/TT-LLTP) (This is filled and signed by the person who apply for you, that person will declare for you. Of course you need to provide him/her your information).

- A certified copy of applicant’s valid passport and ID card and ID card or passport of the authorized person.

+ A certified copy of your temporary residence card.
In case there is no temporary residence card, you can submit: certified copy of passport with entries and exits relevant to Vietnam and Vietnam visas.

- A certified authorization letter on implementing all procedures for criminal record certificates.

4) Application for Criminal Record no 2:

Same with application for Criminal Record no 1, with only 2 differences:

+ You can’t authorize someone else to apply for you.
+ You need to certify your signature on application form at Embassy as well.

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