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How can a person obtain a U.K. police clearance certificate?

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A UK police clearance certificate, or police certificate, can be obtained by completing the requisite forms for a person wishing to emigrate to Canada, the United States of America, Australia, Belgium or The Cayman Islands. People wishing to emigrate to other countries can obtain what is called a "subject access request."

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The procedure and means of obtaining the required certification of an individual's criminal record history in the U.K. depends on the emigration destination.

For a Police Certificate

Obtain the necessary forms through the Association of Chief Police Officers' Criminal Records Office, and pay the applicable fee. Forms and any additional required documentation are then mailed in to the address specified on the form.

For a Subject Access Request

A subject access request involves filing a request from the applicable police station. Officials at the station will check a database and provide either certification that the individual has no records or a list of convictions.

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