This Guide is about how foreign nationals obtain a Certificate of No Criminal Record in Sanya, China. The certificate is also known as a police certificate/check/clearance in other countries.
Where to apply?
For foreign nationals, your application for a Certificate of No Criminal Record application should be filed with a local notary office in Sanya. We usually file applications with Sanya Notary Public Office, which is the major notary office in the city. There is another notary office in Sanya, but we have not used it.
What are the requriements?
A foreigner applicant is required to provide the following documents
- Passport(s). (NOTE: If you used an old passport during the period sought to be covered by your police certificate, you need to provide both your old and the current passports.)
- Temporary Residence Registration Forms
- Power of attorney, if a third-party is appointed to handle the application.
Our experience shows that foreigners who have held residence permits issued from Sanya always get Certificate of No Criminal Records successfully. It is unclear whether foreigners holding other types of visas are also eligible for applying for the certificate. Other types of visas include M (trade and commerce) visa, F (exchange visitor) visa and L (tourist) visa.
How long will it take?
The notary office does not provide a fixed processing time. In our experience, it takes about 15 to 20 days on average.
What are the procedures?
After your application is accepted by the notary office, the notary office will request the Division of Exit and Entry Administration of Sanya Public Security Bureau (PSB) to check whether the applicant has any criminal record. The PSB will return the check result to the notary office, but not to the applicant. The check result served as a Certificate of No Criminal Record, although the document is titled “Letter in Reply to Request for Assisting in Investigation” (see below a sample).
Once the notary receives the check result from the PSB, the notary will proceed to issue a Notarial Certificate of No Criminal Record. Please note that the original PSB’s check result will be kept by the notary office, so applicants will not have the original.
Sample PSB Certificate of No Criminal Record
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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