How to apply and obtain Police Clearance Certificate in Costa Rica Police?

What is a Police Clearance Certificate in Costa Rica?

A Police Clearance Certificate in Costa Rica, also known as a Certificado de Antecedentes Penales, is a document that certifies whether a person has a criminal record in Costa Rica. This certificate is issued by the Judicial Investigation Department (Organismo de Investigación Judicial or OIJ) and is used for various purposes, such as for job applications, immigration processes, or to prove good conduct.

Procedure to obtain Police Clearance Certificate

  1. Obtain a set of fingerprints: You can obtain a set of fingerprints from the nearest police station or from a private service provider. Make sure the fingerprints are clear and legible.
  2. Fill out the application form: You can obtain the application form for a Police Clearance Certificate from the website of the Judicial Investigation Department (Organismo de Investigación Judicial or OIJ). Fill out the form completely and accurately.
  3. Submit the application and fingerprints: Take the completed application form and the set of fingerprints to the OIJ office in person or by mail. If you submit the documents by mail, make sure to include a self-addressed envelope for the return of the certificate.
  4. Pay the fee: There is a fee for the Police Clearance Certificate, which can be paid at any Banco de Costa Rica branch or online.
  5. Wait for the certificate: The OIJ will conduct a criminal background check and issue the Police Clearance Certificate if there are no criminal records. The certificate is usually issued within a few days.
  6. Collect the certificate: If you submitted the application in person, you can collect the certificate from the OIJ office. If you submitted the application by mail, the certificate will be sent to the address you provided.

Document Required

  • A copy of your passport
  • A copy of the letter requesting the certificate
  • A copy of your fingerprints
  • A self-addressed envelope with prepaid postage if you want the certificate mailed to you.

Costa Rica Police Clearance Certificate Fees

  • The fees for obtaining a Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) from Costa Rica may vary depending on the issuing authority and the purpose of the certificate.
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