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Police Certificate

If you are 16 years of age or older, you must obtain a police certificate from your country of nationality if you lived there for more than 6 months at any time. Also, obtain a police certificate from the country of your residence if your presence there was for 6 months or more. Police certificates from other countries are also required if your stay was 12 months or more after age 16. Check the reciprocity schedule at for police certificates requirements for various countries. If you ever been arrested in any jurisdiction, court records with English translations should also be submitted.

Note: For K visa applicants, police certificates from other countries are required if your stay was for 6 months or more after age 16.

Korean National Police Certificate

(1) Korean Applicants
Koreans must obtain a Criminal (Investigation) Records Check Reply ‘For permission of foreign country immigration and stay’ “Bomjoi-Soosakyongryeok Hoiboseo: Waekuk Yipkuk-Chaeryu Heogayong (범죄수사경력 회보서: 외국입국체류허가용).” These certificates can be obtained at any police station. A passport or national ID card will be required for identification purposes.  No fee is charged, and the certificates are issued immediately. Application forms (Sample Application form) can be obtained at the police station.

(2) Foreign Applicants
For foreign nationals, Criminal Records Certificate “Bomjoikyungryeokjeungmyungseo (범죄경력증명서)” must be obtained.  This certificate can be obtained at any police station with a Foreign Affairs Division (외사과).  Your passport and one photo are required; no fee is charged. Applications take approximately one week to process, and you may pick up the certificate at the same police station. Application forms (Sample Application form) can be obtained at the police station.

The Korean police certificates are issued both in Korean and English. If you have ever been arrested in any jurisdiction, court records with English translations should also be submitted.