Guide for Obtaining Your Certificate of No Criminal Record in Beijing, China

This Guide is about how foreign nationals obtain a Certificate of No Criminal Record in Beijing, China. The certificate is also known as a police certificate/check/clearance in other countries.

Starting December 1, 2019, new rules titled The Procedures for Handling Overseas Personnel’s Applications for Checking Whether They Have Criminal Records During the Periods of Their Residence in Beijing came into effect.

These are the first public rules issued by Beijing police authorities governing the issuance of Certificates of No Criminal Record to foreigners in Beijing. While giving more transparency about the application, the new rules have not made things easier for foreign nationals. The previous “one-stop” service is no longer available. Under the new rules, applicants must go to two different government entities, i.e. public security bureau and notary, to obtain a Notarial Certificate of No Criminal Record for purposes of immigration, employment, etc.

Foreign nationals may need to obtain a Certificate of No Criminal Record in China for a variety of reasons including immigration, employment, etc. Typically, a Certificate of No Criminal Record is not acceptable for these purposes until it is notarized by a local notary office in China. (In some cases, it also needs to be authenticated by the embassy representing the country where the certificate is to be used. For more information about that process, please check our authentication guide.) And it is for this reason that our guide below has two steps, namely “STEP 1: Application for Certificate of No Criminal Record” and “STEP 2: Notarization of Certificate of No Criminal Record”.

STEP 1: Application for Certificate of No Criminal Record

You can apply for a Certificate of No Criminal Record at one of the district bureau of the exit and entry administration of Beijing Public Security Bureau (PSB). For those who are unfamiliar with the structure of PSB agencies, there are generally three levels of PSBs: 1. municipal PSB, 2. district bureau whose jurisdiction is a particular district and 3. police station whose jurisdiction is the smallest. Below is a full list of the district bureaus and their addresses:

EnglishChinese
Dongcheng District Bureau: Dongcheng Qu, Zhushikou Dongdajie 16-5. 东城分局:东城区珠市口东大街16-5
Xicheng District Bureau: Xicheng Qu, Xinbi Jie 3 Hao.西城分局:西城区新壁街3号
Chaoyang District Bureau: Chaoyang Qu, Jiuxianqiao Beilu Jia Shihaoyuan 304 Hao
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朝阳分局:朝阳区酒仙桥北路甲十号院304号楼
Haidian District Bureau: Haidian Qu, Fucheng Lu 67 Hao.海淀分局:海淀区阜成路67号
Fengtai District Bureau: Fengtai Qu, Fengguan Lu 58-2 Hao.丰台分局:丰台区丰管路58-2号
Shijingshan District Bureau: Shijingshan Qu, Gucheng Nanli Jia 3 Hao.石景山分局:石景山区古城南里甲3号
Mentougou District Bureau: Mentougou Qu, Xinqiao Dajie 45 Hao.门头沟分局:门头沟区新桥大街45号
Fangshan District Bureau: Fangshan Qu, Gongzhen Jiedao Zhengtong Lu 16 Hao.房山分局:房山区拱辰街道政通路16号
Tongzhou District Bureau: Tongzhou Qu, Yudaihe Xijie 67 Hao Yuan 1-2.通州分局:通州区玉带河西街67号院1-2
Shunyi District Bureau: Shunyi Qu, Konggang A Qu, Tianzhu Donglu Jia 3 Hao.顺义分局:顺义区空港A区天柱东路甲3号
Changping District Bureau:Changping Qu, Zhengfu Xijie Xilu 4 Hao.昌平分局:昌平区政府街西路4号
Daxing District Bureau: Daxing Qu, Jinxing Lu 12 Hao Yuan 5 Hao Lou.大兴分局:大兴区金星路12号院5号楼
Huairou District Bureau: Huairou Qu, Qingchun Lu 37 Hao.怀柔分局:怀柔区青春路37号
Pinggu District Bureau: Pinggu Qu, Linyin Beijie 13 Hao.平谷分局:平谷区林荫北街13号
Miyun District Bureau: Miyun Qu, Xidaqiao Lu 12 Hao.密云分局:密云区西大桥路12号
Yanqing District Bureau: Yanqing Qu, Yanqing Town, Hunan Xilu 18 Hao.延庆分局:延庆区延庆镇湖南西路18号

Who are eligible?

You must have lived in Beijing continuously for 6 months or more.

What are the required documents?

  • Current passport
  • Prior passport, if applicable.
  • Temporary Residence Registration Forms
  • Proof of the purpose for getting your Certificate of No Criminal Record (E.g. a notice issued by immigration authorities requesting your Certificate of No Criminal Record from China.)
  • Power of attorney, if applicable.

Sample Beijing PoliceCertificate Issued by PSB

STEP 2: Notarization of Certificate of No Criminal Record

After you get the Certificate of No Criminal Record from the police, you need to submit the certificate to a local notary office for notarization and translation. Below is the contact information of a major notary office in Beijing. (There are a dozen other notary offices. Choose the one you consider convenient.)

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Beijing Fangyuan Notary Public Office 北京方圆公证处
Dongcheng Qu, Dongshuijing Hutong 4 Hao Beijing INN, Beijing.北京东城区东水井胡同5号北京INN大厦
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What are the required documents?

  • Current passport
  • Prior passport, if applicable.
  • Certificate of No Criminal Record issued by the police in Beijing
  • Power of attorney, if applicable.

Sample Notarial Certificate of No Criminal Record

All notary offices across China issue Notarial Certificates of No Criminal Record in the same format. Please take a look at our article, What a Certificate of No Criminal Record Should Look Like.

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4 thoughts on “Guide for Obtaining Your Certificate of No Criminal Record in Beijing, China”

  1. I want to ask whether I am eligible for obtaining police certificate in Beijing or not. I got scholarship for one year Chinese Language, from September 2018 to July 2019, but in winter vacation from 1st February to 3rd March I visited my home country .so Am I eligible for this certificate or not ?
    Please guide me

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    • Hi Erum. The fact that you exited from China in Feb. and re-entered in March is irrelevant to your China police certificate application in Beijing. The Beijing rules require that an applicant live in Beijing for a continuous period of 6 months or more, but Beijing authorities determine the period of your residence based on Temporary Residence Registration Forms (TRRFs). If a foreign national has a residence permit issued in Beijing, his TRRFs typically cover a period longer than 6 months. So, we cannot know for sure whether you are eligible for applying for a police certificate because we do not know how long your TRRFs cover.

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      • Hello Zhang . Thank you so much for your response. I am really sorry for late response as I have just seen your reply. My residence permit issued in Beijing was from October 2018 to July 2019. I would really appreciate if you can guide me in this regard.

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        • Hi Erum. Since you had a Beijing residence permit, you should be able to apply for a police certificate. Just follow our guide to file the application in Beijing. If you are interested in using our service, please click here to complete a request-a-quote form.

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