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

This Guide is about how foreign nationals obtain a Certificate of No Criminal Record in Wuhan, China.

On June 11, 2018, the Division of Exit and Entry Administration of Wuhan Public Security Bureau (PSB) issued a rule titled “Notice Regarding Further Clarification for Issuance of Certificates of No Criminal Record to Foreigners Living in Wuhan” (hereinafter, the “Notice”). As far as we know, this is the first local rule in Wuhan concerning the issuance of Certificates of No Criminal Record, also known as police certificates/checks/clearance, to foreign nationals who live in Wuhan, China. In the Notice, foreign nationals are divided into 3 categories:

  1. Those who either work or study in Wuhan;
  2. Those who neither work nor study in Wuhan; and
  3. Those who apply for permanent residence in China.

We will discuss the procedures and requirements for each category separately in this article.

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

WHERE TO APPLY?

(a) For those who either work or study in Wuhan.
You need to apply to your company or school for a Certificate of No Criminal Record. Specifically, you apply to the HR department or security department of the company if you work in Wuhan and you apply to the international student administration department or the security department of the school if you study in Wuhan. This may sound counterintuitive as many people would think it is the job of the police to issue the certificates. To understand this, you need a deep understanding of China’s Danwei (work unit) system.

(b) For those who neither work nor study in Wuhan.
You need to apply to the PSB’s district branch of exit and entry administration in the same district where you live. 

(c) For those who apply for permanent residence in China.
The PSB’s Division of Exit and Entry Administration at the municipality level is in charge of issuing the certificates.

WHO ARE ELIGIBLE?

The Notice provides that a foreign national needs to meet the following requirements to be eligible:

  • Have had residence permits issued from Wuhan.
  • Have lived in Wuhan for 180 days or longer.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS?

(a) For those who either work or study in Wuhan.
Please contact your employer/school for details.

(b) For those who neither work nor study in Wuhan.
According to the Notice, an applicant needs to provide the following documents:

  • Passport(s)
  • Notary Office’s Contact Letter

(c) For those who apply for permanent residence in China.
Unknown.

PROCESSING TIME?

(a) For those who either work or study in Wuhan.
Please contact your employer/school for details.

(b) For those who neither work nor study in Wuhan.
Unknow. So far, we have not had any cases where an applicant neither works nor studies in Wuhan.

(c) For those who apply for permanent residence in China.
Unknown.

SAMPLE CERTIFICATE OF NO CRIMINAL RECORD ISSUED IN WUHAN, CHINA

Sample Certificate of No Criminal Record Issued by a University in Wuhan, China

STEP 2: Notarization of Certificate of No Criminal Record

WHERE TO APPLY?

There are multiple notary offices in Wuhan that are licensed to issue Notarial Certificates of No Criminal Record. The contact information of the notary offices is available on the official websites of the Justice Bureau of Wuhan and Wuhan Notary Public Officers Association

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS?

  • Passport(s)
  • Certificate of No Criminal Record
  • Power of attorney, if a third-party is appointed to handle the application.

PROCESSING TIME?

3 to 5 working days.

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.

Conclusion

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