China Police Certificates for Foreigners

Background Information

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.

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 evidence 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 abroad, 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 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.

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 email the documents and questionnaire described below to cncc@lawandborder.com. We will treat them confidentially.

  • Documents: The specific documents needed to apply for a police certificate vary by locality, but please see the attached list of documents which are typically required or recommended. Provide copies of any available documents.
  • Questionnaire: Please fill the attached “Client Questionnaire” requesting information for the case. The questionnaire is in Microsoft Excel 2013 (xlsx) format.

We will review your documents and questionnaire to make a preliminary determination about whether 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