The government of Shenzhen is probably the first one that implements uniform requirements across the city for issuance of police certificates to foreigners. On March 13, 2014, the Office of No Criminal Record Certificate of Shenzhen Public Security Bureau (PSB) was officially founded.1 Never have we seen in another city an entire police department designated for police certificate matters. Later in 2018, Shenzhen Administration Service Hall replaced the Office of No Criminal Record Certificate as the government agency where applicants file police certificate applications. The Office of No Criminal Record Certificate remains to be the issuing authority.
In this article, we will explain the general procedures and requirements about how a foreign national who has lived in Shenzhen applies for a China police certificate, also known as a police clearance certificate or certificate of no criminal record.
STEP 1: Apply for Police Certificate at Shenzhen Administration Service Hall
Police certificate applications are filed at the West Hall of Shenzhen Administration Service Hall. Below is their contact information:
|Name||West Hall of Shenzhen Administration Service Hall||深圳市行政服务大厅西厅|
|Address||Futian Qu, Fuzhong Sanlu Shenzhen Civic Center B Block First Floor, Shenzhen, Postcode 518028||深圳市福田区福中三路市民中心B区首层 邮编518038|
Who are eligible?
You must have lived in Shenzhen continuously for 6 months or more.
3 working days.
What are the required documents?
- Passports. (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.)
- At least one Temporary Residence Registration Form. For applicants who are not present in China, provide at least one Temporary Residence Registration Form from the past.
- Power of attorney, if applicable. (It must be authenticated by a China Consulate/ Embassy.)
Sample Shenzhen Police Certificate Issued by PSB
STEP 2: Apply for Notarial Police Certificate with Local Notary in Shenzhen
The issuance of police certificates by PSB may not be the end of the process. If your police certificate will be used for purposes of immigration to the U.S., Canada, Australia, etc., the certificate must also be submitted to a local notary office for issuance of a notarial police certificate with English translation. Below is the contact information of a major notary office in Shenzhen. (There are a dozen other notary offices that can notarize police certificates. Choose the one you consider convenient.)
|Name||Shenzhen Notary Public Office||深圳公证处|
|Address||Futian Qu, Shennan Dadao 4013 Hao Xingye Yinhang Dasha 17 Lou||深圳市福田区深南大道4013号兴业银行大厦17楼|
1 to 2 weeks.
What are the required documents?
- Police Certificate issued by PSB
- Power of attorney, if applicable.
Sample Shenzhen Notarial Police Certificate
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- 新浪网 . March 13, 2014: http://legal.people.com.cn/n/2014/0313/c188502-24630638.html