Guide to Applying for a China Police Certificate in Tianjin

Around the end of 2020, the exit and entry administration in each district of Tianjian became the police agency that issues police certificates to foreign residents within the same district. Previously, foreigner police certificate applications were all filed with the Municipal Exit and Entry Administration of Tianjin Public Security Bureau (PSB). Back in 2017, the responsible police agency was Tianjin Criminal Science & Technology Research Institute. These changes show the efforts made by Tianjin police authorities to improve their dealings with the matter.

In this article, we will explain the general procedures and requirements about how a foreign national who has lived in Tianjin applies for a China police certificate, also known as a police clearance certificate or certificate of no criminal record.

Where to apply for a China police certificate in Tianjin

There are two government agencies involved in the process for applying for a China police certificate in Tianjin:

(1) The PSB’s exit and entry administration in each district of Tianjin. Please click here to see a complete list of district exit and entry administrations published on Tianjin PSB’s website.

(2) After your police certificate issued by the exit and entry administration, you need to apply for a notarial police certificate with Tianjin Beifang Notary Public Office (hereinafter, “Notary”)

Address: 天津市和平区大理道100号 邮编300050
Phone: +86 022-58825888

What are the procedures for applying for a China police certificate in Tianjin?

Step 1. Go to the Notary and apply for the issuance of a Request for Foreigner Criminal Record Check.
Step 2. Go to the PSB and submit the Request for Foreigner Criminal Record Check along with other required documents.
Step 3. The PSB runs the check and returns the check result directly to the Notary.
Step 4. Go back to the Notary and finalize the application.
Step 5. Go to the Notary again to pick up the completed notarial police certificate.

What are the requirements for applying for a China police certificate in Tianjin?

Documents Required by Notary

  • Current passport
  • Prior passport, if applicable.
  • Power of attorney, if applicable.

Documents Required by PSB

(Note: You are also recommended to bring copies of your Temporary Residence Registration Forms issued by local police in Tianjin. Click here to view a sample.)

Sample Criminal Record Check Result issued by the PSB

Sample Notarial Police Certificate issued by Notary

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2 thoughts on “Guide to Applying for a China Police Certificate in Tianjin”

  1. Hi, I am a foreigner who studied in Tianjin for 6 months in 2018-2019. I am planning to apply for a Police Clearance Certificate in Tianjin, However, I lost my TRRF.
    Is it still possible for me to apply for the criminal record check and the Police Clearance Certificate in Tianjin? Would it suffice to ask my university to include my former address in Tianjin into the letter of good conduct, to compensate for the lack of TRRF? Or, how else can I compensate for the lack of TRRF to make sure my application is valid?
    Thank you 🙂

    • Hi Lena. I understand you no longer keep your TRRF. It should be Okay if you have a letter issued by your university confirming no criminal record and your residence history in Tianjin. It seems to me that police authorities in Tianjin consider TRRF as optional, not mandatory.


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