How Do I Get A Criminal Record Clearance Certificate in the UK?

Updated February 21, 2017

The Association of Chief Police Officers in the UK will issue criminal record clearance certificates for persons who need a clearance certificate for immigration purposes. Requests for certificates take between two and ten working days to process. The cost is £35.00 for standard ten day service and £70.00 for premium two day service. Additional copies of the certificate cost £5.00 each.

Access the Association of Chief Police Officers website. Click "Police Certificates" on the left side of the page.

Download the application and fill it out. Be sure to sign and date your application.

Get your photo endorsed. Have someone who has known you for at least two years endorse your photo on the back with the statement "I certify this to be a true likeness of (your full name)." Have them sign and date the photo as well as the declaration page on the application. This person cannot be a relative. In addition, they must be employed in one of the careers listed on the application. Contact the ACRO at if you have difficulty with this requirement.

Make a copy of your passport photo page and two utility bills that prove your current address.

Mail your application, copy of your passport photo page, copies of your utility bills, endorsed photo, and a check payable to "HPA" for £35 or £70 to:


PO Box 481



PO14 9FS


You will receive your police clearance certificate in the mail.

Things You'll Need

  • Copy of passport photo page
  • Passport size photo
  • Application fee
  • List of previous addresses for the past five years
  • Two utility bills with your current address
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Based in Buffalo, N.Y., Jackie Whalen has been writing since 2007. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in religious studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is currently a third-year law student.