In this article, we will briefly explain how a foreign national apply for a Certificate of No Criminal Record in Xiamen, China. The certificate is also known as a police certificate/check/clearance in other countries.
This guide was updated in March 2022 after the police authorities in Xiamen changed the rules for issuing Certificates of No Criminal Record according to the Provisions on the Handling of Criminal Record Check by Public Security Organs which came into effect on Dec. 31, 2021. The Provisions for Fujian Public Security Police Stations on Issuance of Certificates of No Criminal Record (Trial Implementation) (2019) may no longer be valid.
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 foreign national’s application for a Certificate of No Criminal Record should be filed with the Division of Exit and Entry Administration of Xiamen Public Security Bureau. For the contact information of the exit and entry administration, please visit China’s National Immigration Administration (NIC) and select “Xiamen”.
WHO ARE ELIGIBLE?
- Have had residence permits issued from Xiamen.
- Have lived in Xiamen for 180 days or longer.
- Power of attorney, if a third-party is appointed to handle the application. The power of attorney must be authenticated by a Chinese consulate/embassy if you are living outside of China.
No fixed time limit is provided yet. We will update it in the future.
STEP 2: Notarization of Certificate of No Criminal Record
WHERE TO APPLY?
There are always multiple notary offices in Xiamen that are licensed to notarize Certificates of No Criminal Record for use abroad. The most experienced notary office is probably Xiamen Notary Public Office. For the contact information of all the notary offices in Xiamen, please visit the website of 12348 Legal Services of Fujian and select “Xiamen”.
Typically, a notary office will require the following documents:
- Power of attorney, if applicable.
- Certificate of No Criminal Record
Typically, a notary office takes about 1 week to issue a Notarial Certificate of No Criminal Record.
SAMPLE NOTARIAL CERTIFICATE OF NO CRIMINAL RECORD
Notary offices across the country issue notarial police certificates in the same format. Please take a look at our article, What a China Police Certificate Looks Like.
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