Guide to Applying for a Police Certificate in Shenyang

Recently, the Division of Exit and Entry Administration of Shenyang Public Security Bureau (PSB) has made some improvements on how they handle foreigners’ applications for police certificates, aka certificate of no criminal record. For example, they start giving each applicant an Acceptance Notice upon accepting an application. The process seems to be in a trial stage. Many details remain to be refined.

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

Where to Apply

There are two government agencies involved–(1) Division of Exit and Entry Administration of Shenyang PSB and (2) Liaoning Notary Public Office. First, apply for a police certificate with the Division of Exit and Entry Administration. Second, submit the police certificate to the notary office for issuance of a notarized police certificate (see a sample below). The notarization is not mandatory, but for purposes of immigration, it is often required by foreign immigration authorities.

(1) The Division of Exit and Entry Administration of Shenyang PSB is located at:

Baidu Map: 沈阳市皇姑区北陵大街47号
Google Map: Beiling Dajie 47 Hao, Huanggu Qu, Shenyang

(2) Liaoning Notary Public Office is located at

Baidu Map: 沈阳市沈河区北站路77-2号光达大厦B座8楼
Google Map: Beizhan Lu 77-2 Hao, Guangda Dasha 8 Lou, Shenhe Qu, Shenyang

For the notary’s detailed contact information and business hours, please visit its official website at https://lngz.egongzheng.com/. Some other notary offices in Shenyang may also be able to notarize your police certificate. I recommend Liaoning Notary Public Office because it is the only notary I have used.

What Are the Requirements?

Eligibility

You are eligible to apply for a police certificate in Shenyang if you have resided in Shenyang for more than 6 months with residence permits for purposes of studying or working.

Documents Required by PSB

Below list the documents required by the Division of Exit and Entry Administration of Shenyang PSB for issuance of a foreign national’s police certificate. Click the links to see samples of the documents.

Note: If you are submitting copies of your passports, instead of the original documents, the copies must be authenticated by a China consulate/embassy. If a third-party agent is appointed to make the application on your behalf, the power of attorney also needs to be authenticated. If you are not familiar with China consular authentication, please take a look at my article, “Guide to Applying for China Consular Authentication”.

Documents Required by Notary

Below list the documents required by Liaoning Notary Public Office for issuance of a notarial police certificate.

  • Police certificate issued by the PSB
  • Current passport
  • Prior passport, if applicable.
  • Power of attorney, if applicable.

Sample Police Certificate Issued in Shenyang

Sample Police Certificate issued by the Division of Exit and Entry Administration of Shenyang PSB
Sample Notarial Police Certificate issued by Liaoning Notary Public Office

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