This is a guide for people who are not citizens of China about how to apply for a Certificate of No Criminal Record in Guangzhou, China. Certificate of No Criminal Record is also known as a police certificate/check/clearance in other countries.
On March 1, 2019, the Provisions of Guangdong Provincial Public Security Department Regarding the Application for and the Handling of Certificates of No Criminal Record came into effect. While the new regulation brings improvements with respect to streamlining the application process, it imposes a stricter requirement on Temporary Residence Registration Forms.
China does not have a national authority that issues Certificates of No Criminal Record. Instead, local authorities in each city issue Certificates of No Criminal Record to foreign nationals who have resided in the city. Furthermore, each certificate only covers the period of a foreign national’s residence in a particular city. This means a foreign national may need multiple certificates if he has lived in multiple cities. However, Guangdong Province becomes an exception thanks to the new regulation, which allows a foreign national to apply for a single certificate covering his entire time in Guangdong Province regardless of how many cities he has lived in Guangdong Province.
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 a Certificate of No Criminal Record” and “STEP 2: Notarization of the Certificate of No Criminal Record”.
STEP 1: Application for a Certificate of No Criminal Record
WHERE TO APPLY?
A foreign national may apply for a Certificate of No Criminal Record with the Division of Exit and Entry Administration of Guangzhou Public Security Bureau (PSB). The contact information is shown below.
|Address||Jiefang Nanlu 155 Hao, Yuexiu Qu, Guangzhou (In Chinese, 广州市越秀区解放南路155号)|
|Telephone||Unavailable. In-person inquiry only.|
|Office Hours||8:30-12:00 and 14:00-17:30, Monday to Friday, closed during holidays.|
WHO ARE ELIGIBLE?
- You must have resided in Guangdong Province for 6 months or more, evidenced by your Temporary Residence Registration Form(s); and
- You must not be of diplomatic status during the period you want the certificate to cover.
(a) Passports—Originals or Authenticated Copies
The original documents of your passports are always preferred. If original passports are unavailable and only copies are provided, the copies must be authenticated by a China Consulate/ Embassy. Click here to view our guide about how to apply for China consular authentication.
Your Temporary Residence Registration Forms (TRRF) will determine what periods of your residence will be covered by your Certificate of No Criminal Record. If you never had a TRRF, your application will not be accepted. If you have some TRRFs but lost the others, you can only apply to cover the periods of your residence reflected by the available TRRFs. The date when a TRRF is issued will be considered as the beginning of your residence in Guangzhou and the visa expiry date as the end of your residence.
(c) Power of attorney
A power of attorney is required if another person makes the application on your behalf. A power of attorney must be notarized (if you are in China) or authenticated by a China Consulate/ Embassy (if you are in a foreign county).
The processing time for most cases is 3 business days.
SAMPLE CERTIFICATE OF NO CRIMINAL RECORD ISSUED IN GUANGZHOU
STEP 2: Notarization of the Certificate of No Criminal Record
WHERE TO APPLY?
We always go to Guangzhou Notary Public Office for the notarization of Certificates of No Criminal Record. Contact information of Guangzhou Notary Public Office is shown belwo.
|Address||Dongfeng Zhonglu Yuexiu Chengshi Guangchang Nanta 10~12 Lou, Yuexiu Qu, Guangzhou 510030 (In Chinese, 广州市越秀区东风中路越秀城市广场南塔10~12楼 邮编510030)|
|Office Hours||9:00-12:30 and 14:00-17:30, Monday to Friday, closed during holidays.|
Guangzhou Notary Public Office has one central office (with the address above) and four branch offices. It is recommended to make your application with the central office. The other branch offices may not be familiar with this particular notary application. The processing time with the notary is about 10 business days.
The documents required by Guangzhou Notary Public Office are the same as used for STEP 1, plus the original Certificate of No Criminal Record.
1 to 2 weeks.
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.
The Guangdong rules about the issuance of Certificate of No Criminal Record are not inclusive in nature. And local authorities are given discretionary powers in practice. If you have an issue that is not covered here, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are committed to providing high-quality services for obtaining Certificates of No Criminal Record in Guangzhou. If you are interested in hiring us, please fill in a quote request form. Click the below button to get started.