The Dominican Republic

Police Clearance Certificates

The Dominican Republic in common with most other countries requires a police clearance certificate from any applicant for a visa (other than a tourist card) authorizing a long stay (up to of sixty days). This now also applies to applicants for temporary working visas. The Police Clearance Certificate is required from the appropriate authorities in the country in which the applicant resides. Also since application for some visas is made from within the country a police clearance certificate (or Certificate of Good Behavior) from the The Dominican Republic authorities themselves will be needed. The Canadian authorities provide information about where this can be obtained. Official Dominican Republic information on web sites is usually in Spanish so unless you are fluent in that language recourse to other reliable sources is often useful. To be valid in The Dominican Republic Police Clearance Certificates, or Criminal Record Certificates as they are sometimes called, need to be notarized, translated into Spanish and both the original and the translation Apostilled. Alternatively once the original document is Apostilled it can be sent for translation by the Consular Section.

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Application Requirements

A very useful resource for obtaining the detailed needs of various police departments is provided by the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants. Included in this informative page of the Society's web site are the requirements of the The Dominican Republic Police Department in Santo Domingo. The difficulties mentioned in the Australian section can clearly also be encountered regardless of the country of destination. The same basic documentation of finger prints, a birth certificate and current identification will always be required. Fees are frequently subject to increases so such information provided in web sites is rarely current. Enquiries must be made of the appropriate authorities at the time of application for police clearance or any other certificates. A simplifying factor so far as The Dominican Republic occurs when application for residency is made from with the country after a stay of six months or more. In this situation only a local police clearance certificate is necessary. Translations and apostilled documents may still be required.

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