China Police Certificates for Foreigners

Our law firm can assist you in obtaining a China police certificate. We have assisted many clients in obtaining China police certificates for purposes such as employment background checks or immigration to the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and other countries.

Background Information

A police certificate is sometimes referred to as a police clearance, a certificate of no criminal conviction (CNCC) or 无犯罪记录证明书. It is a document confirming you have no conviction (or listing your convictions) within a jurisdiction.

A China police certificate is available to cover periods an individual resides in a particular city. So if you have lived in more than one city, you may need a police certificate from each city.

Some cities will only issue certificates to foreigners holding a residence permit (居留许可), such as for a J-1 journalist, Z worker, or X student. In such cities, a police certificate will not be issued to cover periods of stay with an L tourist visa, F exchange visitor visa, or M business visa. (This is explained by the U.S. State Department here).

Procedures to apply for a China police certificate vary by locality. Typically, to apply the applicant or another person with a power of attorney (委托书) from the applicant must first visit the local police station where the applicant resided to obtain a police letter. Then, that police letter must be brought to the local notarial office to be notarized. The notarial office can issue the notarization in Chinese with an English translation, if requested. Processing times also vary by locality but are typically 2 to 5 weeks. We can send the police certificate to you via international courier, such as FedEx.

Note on Unobtainable Certificates

There are cases where a China police certificate is unobtainable. For example:

  • If you no longer have your passport or temporary residence registration certificates showing you resided in the city, the local police station may be unable to confirm your residence, in which case they may not issue a police certificate.
  • As mentioned above, some cities will not issue a police certificate unless you held a residence permit.

The United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and other countries will in some situations waive the police certificate requirement if the certificate is unobtainable. For instance, under U.S. law, “In the event that the immigrant establishes to the satisfaction of the consular officer that” a police clearance “is unobtainable, the consular officer may permit the immigrant to submit … other satisfactory evidence of the fact to which such document or record would, if obtainable, pertain.” 9 FAM 504.4-4(F) (emphasis added). Such other satisfactory evidence that a person has no criminal conviction may include, for example, “proof of membership in or affiliation with a reputable religious organization in a religious capacity during periods of foreign residence may be accepted as such evidence.” 9 FAM 504.4-4(B) (emphasis added). In our experience, an individual’s own affidavit that they have no criminal record in China may also be acceptable. Or an employer letter verifying no criminal history in the country may be acceptable.

Our law firm can assist in obtaining proof that a China police certificate is unobtainable. This typically involves preparing a summary of the facts related to the applicant’s residence in China, immigration history, and employment or education in China, copies of related evidence, and an explanation for any evidence that has been stolen, lost, or mutilated; a summary of the national and local rules regarding issuance of police certificates and their notarization; description of our law firm’s efforts to request that the relevant authorities accept and approve our application for the police certificates and notarization, with related evidence such as any application form; and a summary of the reasons why authorities were unwilling to accept the application or issue the police certificate or notarize it, with any related evidence such as a written refusal notice or a summary of the reasons provided orally for the refusal.

Legal Fees and Expenses

Our firm charges USD 850 to 1000 to provide a police certificate for each city (or to provide proof that a certificate is unobtainable). Discounts are available if you need certificates from multiple cities. You can pay in USD or RMB. Payment options are listed in the below client questionnaire.

Getting Started

If you are interested in hiring our firm, please fill this Client Questionnaire (in Excel format) and email it with the documents requested therein to cncc@lawandborder.com. We will treat them confidentially. We need to review your questionnaire and documents to confirm that we can help you. If yes, we will give you a quote. If that quote is acceptable to you, we will give you a representation agreement and instructions for payment.

We Can Assist Nationwide

We can assist with applying for police certificates nationwide, including but not limited to the following cities:

Beijing Municipality (北京)
Chongqing Municipality (重庆)
Shanghai Municipality (上海)
Tianjin Municipality (天津)
Anhui (安徽): Hefei (合肥)
Fujian (福建): Fuzhou (福州), Quanzhou (泉州), Fujian (厦门)
Gansu (甘肃): Lanzhou (兰州)
Guangdong (广东): Guangzhou (广州), Shenzhen (深圳), Shantou (汕头), Dongguan (东莞), Foshan (佛山)
Guizhou (贵州): Guiyang (贵阳)
Hainan (海南): Haikou (海口)
Hebei (河北): Shijiazhuang (石家庄)
Heilongjiang (黑龙江): Harbin (哈尔滨)
Henan (河南): Zhengzhou (郑州)
Hubei (湖北): Wuhan (武汉)
Hunan (湖南): Changsha (长沙)
Jiangsu (江苏): Nanjing (南京), Suzhou (苏州), Wuxi (无锡)
Jiangxi (江西): Nanchang (南昌)
Jilin (吉林): Changchun (长春)
Liaoning (辽宁): Shenyang (沈阳), Dalian (大连), Anshan (鞍山), Fushun (抚顺)
Qinghai (青海): Xining (西宁)
Shaanxi (陕西): Xi’an (西安)
Shandong (山东): Jinan (济南), Qingdao (青岛)
Shanxi (山西): Taiyuan (太原)
Sichuan (四川): Chengdu (成都)
Yunnan (云南): Kunming (昆明)
Zhejiang (浙江): Hangzhou (杭州), Wenzhou (温州), Ningbo (宁波)
Guangxi Zhuang (广西壮族): Nanning (南宁)
Inner Mongolia (内蒙古): Hohhot (呼和浩特)
Ningxia Hui (宁夏回族): Yinchuan (银川)
Xinjiang Uighur (新疆维吾尔族): Urumqi (乌鲁木齐)
Tibet (西藏): Lhasa (拉萨)

Further Reading

Clients FAQs (answers to clients’ frequently asked questions about representation by our law firm, including our firm’s guarantee)

AmCham Asks Chinese Government to Streamline Issuance of China Police Certificates to Foreigners