Korea Police Certificate: a Step-by-step Guide 韩国无犯罪证明

(12.05更新:中文版在文章后面,谢谢!)

For many who had previously lived in Korea (yes, by “Korea” I mean “South”) and are applying for visa/immigration to countries such as Canada or U.S., it might be required for applicants to present a “police certificate” or a “background check” to prove they didn’t commit crimes while in Korea. Nonetheless, obtaining a police certificate may not turn out to be as easy as it seems. Especially the procedure can be confusing for people who’s not a Korean citizen and who’s living outside Korea. As someone who’s in that category and who personally went through the entire draining process, I could share with you my experience to save you time. This article will tackle Canadian immigration (CIC)’s requirements:

How to obtain a police certificate – South Korea

It asks for a Criminal (Investigation) Records Check Reply (범죄· 수사경력 회보서) from a Korean National Police station. Specially, police certificate must indicate that all records have been searched, including any lapsed records (실효된 형 포함).

To obtain such certificate, CIC suggests you to find a representative (family or friend) in Korea who visits 1). police station and 2). immigration office on your behalf. And to quote, “If you do not have anyone in South Korea…, then you may apply at your nearest South Korean Embassy or Consulate.”

However, despite CIC’s saying that you may apply at a Korean consulate, what happens is many consulates by regulation cannot issue a Criminal + Investigation + Lapsed Record reply as required by CIC. This is confirmed by my personal experience and a lot of cases from Canadavisa forum (thanks to which I learned a lot!). I’m uncertain as to if not a single Korean consulate/embassy is able to do that, but I believe they should obey the same line of rules. On the other hand, the Korean consulate can actually issue a “Background Check (Criminal Records) Cerfiticate” instead, in my case this certificate took them 7 days to process and does NOT include investigation record or lapsed record. There were applicants who mistakenly submitted that to CIC and got rejected or even had their invitation-to-apply (ITA) canceled! To show you the WRONG certificate you may get from the consulate here:

korea-consulate-2

Again, the above document is NOT the one you should get to apply to CIC as a permanent resident.

Here is what you should do instead:

  1. Download relevant forms and complete them. You will need:
    • 1). “Application For Criminal Records” (범죄 수사경력 조회 신청서)
      • Download link: 범죄경력조회서류
      • The file is in the format of .hwp, and can officially be opened by a software called “Hangul” or “Hangul viewer” (did I accidentally remind you of the evil?). An easier way to view this is to download the file in .hwp, and then register a free account at netffice24, from there you can upload .hwp and download each page as jpg format for printing.
      • I know it’s a lot of trouble, so I put the file’s picture here. But be aware to check to see if they have any update since Nov 2016:pc_3
      • Be careful: in the “Scope of Reference”(조회목적) category, be sure to check “For confirmation of investigation card materials”(수사자료표 내용 확인용) and “Including lapsed of criminal sentences”(실효된 형 등 포함). Be sure NOT to check “For permission of foreign country immigration and stay”(외국 입국체류 허가용), even if you are applying for immigration, because that’s only for Korean nationals: I learned about this by calling the police station in Korea!
      • In the “Method”(회보방법) category, check “English Check Reply”(영문 회보서).
    • 2). “위임장” (Power of attorney)
        • Download link same as “Application For Criminal Records”: 범죄경력조회서류
        • (2017.12.31 Update, try this link if the original one doesn’t work: https://imgur.com/a/6HdDj)
        • A jpg version as of Nov 2016 is here:pc_4
        • Unfortunately this form is only in Korean. For those who have a hard time understanding it, you can Google translate, ask your Korean friends for help, start to learn Korean, or leave a comment below and I will try to help you.
        • Warning: This form has to be filled by you and signature be original, which means you can’t fax it to your friend nor has him/her print out from a file. Better send it by mail.
        • Important Notice: if you can access Korean consulate in your city, you can fill the above two forms and get the consulate to validate them. With the validation from a Korean consulate, your friend in Korea do NOT need to make another trip to the immigration office because the validation proves that you, the applicant, is currently outside Korea. CIC asks your friend to visit immigration office in order to retrieve your entry record to prove that. Now that’s taken care of.
        • If there isn’t a Korean consulate around you, then your representative in Korea will need to visit immigration office to get “Certificate of Entry/Departure Record” (출입구사실증명서). In this case you need to send your representative copy of your passport (page with your photo), and you need to fill an application form with a power of attorney downloaded from hikorea website. Relevant info is here: Certificate of Immigration. (the hikorea website is, unfortunately, notoriously designed only for IE/Windows. Chrome will report “This site may harm your computer”, dahhh…)
        • (2017.12.31 Update, try this link if the original one doesn’t work: https://www.hikorea.go.kr/pt/InfoDetailR_en.pt?catSeq=511&categoryId=2&parentId=412&showMenuId=406)
  2. Mail the filled and signed 1). and 2). form (preferably with validations from a Korean consulate) to your friend in Korea, together with a copy of your passport. Photos are NOT needed. For any inquiry, you can call +82 (02)-700-4104 (only in Korean). If you don’t have validation from a Korean consulate, you would also need to mail your friend documents for “Certificate of Entry/Departure Record”.
  3. Your friend will visit any police station in Korea with his/her Korean ID. The application is free and the “Criminal (Investigation) Records Check Reply” with Lapsed Record will be issued instantly!! (comparatively, I wanna say “Come on FBI…”). As a side note, if you don’t have validations on your forms, then your friend has to visit immigration office to get “Certificate of Entry/Departure Record” (cost 2,000KRW as of now) prior to his/her visit to the police station.
  4. Your friend sends it back to you by mail. Finally a police certificate, acceptable for CIC, looks like following:

criminal-records-check-reply

Any questions, leave me a comments below. First article of my newly started blog, hope it helps 🙂

中文版:

简单地说,关于加拿大移民局要求的韩国无犯罪证明,如果本人不是韩国国籍且不在韩国的话,需要在韩国找一个朋友或亲戚作为你的代表。虽然国内的韩国领事馆说是可以申请,但是去那里申请到的不是加拿大移民局要求的证明。这个使馆办的证明不包含过往犯罪记录(laspesd records)以及调查记录(investigation records)。目前使馆没有权限去办理移民局要求的无犯罪证明,所以只能在韩国当地找人帮忙去警察局办理。使馆办理出来的文件样式如下:

korea-consulate-2

注意,上面这个文件是不被移民局接受的。但是,去一趟韩国领事馆还是有用的,因为他们可以帮忙确认你的委任书以及申请表(这两份文件是给韩国警察局那边申请需要的),在上面盖领事馆的章子,这样你的韩国朋友就不用多跑一趟出入境管理处了。有了领事馆的确认,你的韩国朋友只需要去警察局就可以办理,而且当时就能拿到结果。如果你居住的城市没有韩国领事馆或使馆,那么你的韩国朋友需要先去一趟出入境管理处,申请一个你的出入境记录证明(详细请见Certificate of Immigration,这个网站有中文版所以我就不在这里赘述了),然后拿着这个证明再去警察局办理无犯罪。这样做的原因是向警察局证明你本人目前不在韩国,所以必须由一个代表帮你办理。

韩国警察局申请需要的文件可以从它们的网站下载 (链接:범죄경력조회서류),考虑到文件类型是hwp,需要一个叫做hangul的软件来打开,或者去netffice24注册一个帐号然后可以上传并查看hwp文件。所以如果你不能打开那个文件,可以直接打印我在这里放的文件的图像版本。(注意,这里的文件我在2016年11月下载的,之后如果有更新请自行查看官网)

填写好这两个表格然后领事馆确认之后,连同你的护照复印件(有照片那页就行)一起寄往你的韩国朋友处,照片是不需要的。然后你的朋友拿着自己的韩国身份证或登陆证去警察局办理就行了,这个办理是免费的:)

申请表:

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注意:申请表上Scope of Reference栏要选For confirmation of investigation card materials以及including lapsed of criminal sentences. 请不要选For permission of foreign country immigration and stay,即使你申请的是移民,因为这一项是给韩国公民用的!(本人有打电话过去确认)。在Method一栏请选English Check Reply。

委任书:

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注意:委任书上本人的签名必须是原始的,所以不建议用email或传真发去韩国朋友处,建议用快递寄过去。

最终办理结果:

criminal-records-check-reply

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282 Responses to Korea Police Certificate: a Step-by-step Guide 韩国无犯罪证明

  1. Samson Zhao says:

    楼主您好,我想问一下,出入境事实证明办理的委托书在那里可以找到啊?或者您有别的联系方式吗?想交流一下

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    • taffytoffy says:

      委托书在我博客里面的网址可以找到呀。https://www.ggpolice.go.kr/include/main/files/minwon001.hwp

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      • Samson Zhao says:

        多谢啦多谢啦~~~
        有时间来埃德蒙顿玩哈~~

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      • Hi taffytoffy,

        Your instructions above are invaluable, and I really think they are really the ONLY instructions available out there on how to practically get the certificate.

        In the end, we struggled with asking people in South Korea to assist us to get the required certificate, so we used this company instead: http://allminwon.com/global/index.php?cl=y — they are a company based in South Korea and they organise the issuance of “civil documents”. We just got our English Check Reply from them.

        I’m wondering if you wouldn’t want to mention their website in your blog post. I am not affiliated with them at all, I just know what a struggle it is to get that damn certificate, and in the end we were just willing to pay for some company to get it for us in South Korea. It may be of some help to people in case they can’t manage to get anyone to help them in South Korea.

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  2. Chandra S says:

    Short Story:-

    Finally, I got the required police certificate from S.Korea police station.

    I don’t have Korean Alien Reg.Card (never applied for it) however, in my Police certificate in the place of “Alien Reg.No.” the police officer has generated my alien reg.no. (not sure permanent or temporarily) in the format “my date of birth-country of birth” i.e. yymmdd-500000 and he filled with this alien reg.no.

    So now I am worried, will this create a problem when I apply to CIC? since I don’t have Korean Alien Reg. Card.

    Long Story:-

    Korean Consulate in U.S.A didn’t attest/validate my PA & Application form. My friend in Suwon applied & got my Immigration Certificate by visiting immigration office in Suwon.

    After receiving Immigration Certificate, my friend visited the Police station in Suwon along with other required documents (PA, Application form and my Passport copy). The police officer initially refused to issue police certificate without my Korean Alien Reg.No. (I don’t have Alien Reg. Card – I never applied for it) as their online application form needs my alien reg.no and without that, they can’t proceed with issuing the certificate.

    To resolve this issue, the police officer has generated my alien reg.no. (not sure permanent or temporarily) in the format “my date of birth-country of birth” i.e. yymmdd-500000 and issued PCC.

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    • taffytoffy says:

      This is really helpful for people in a similar situation. Thanks so much for the post and congrats on getting the Korea PCC!

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      • Chandra S says:

        Hi Taffy,

        Big thanks to you for helping people like us to get PCC from Korea.

        I have one worry now, since I don’t have Alien Reg. Card (never had it) will this create problem while applying for PR? Is it mandatory to upload copy of ACR along with PCC?

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    • Anonymous says:

      Hi Chandra! When the Koean embassy in the US redused to validate your POA and Application form, did you just send the filled out forms directly or you had to have it nktarized by any notary public? Im currently in the same position that you once were. Thank you.

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      • Anonymous says:

        I didn’t notarize any documents. Since you don’t have validated POA and application from the Korean consulate you need to apply for “Certificate of Entry/Departure Record” form as described in this blog:

        “If there isn’t a Korean consulate around you, then your representative in Korea will need to visit immigration office to get “Certificate of Entry/Departure Record” (출입구사실증명서). In this case you need to send your representative copy of your passport (page with your photo), and you need to fill an application form with a power of attorney downloaded from hikorea website. Relevant info is here: Certificate of Immigration. (the hikorea website is, unfortunately, notoriously designed only for IE/Windows. Chrome will report “This site may harm your computer”, dahhh…)
        (2017.12.31 Update, try this link if the original one doesn’t work: https://www.hikorea.go.kr/pt/InfoDetailR_en.pt?catSeq=511&categoryId=2&parentId=412&showMenuId=406)”

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        • Neha says:

          What application for and which power of attorney did you send to your friend for Certificate of Entry/Departure Record? I could not find any forms on that HiKorea Link.

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    • Neha says:

      Hi Chandra,
      Did you get notary attestation of any of the documents you send to your friend? Did you mail?
      And what I understand from this blog that I have to send 2 documents to my friend in Korea i.e. the application form and the power of attorney document. As I cannot go to consulate for validation, so I will need to send documents for getting Certificate of Entry/Departure Record.

      Can you give me details of the police station in Suwon? As my friend will also do it in Suwon?
      Please help.
      -Neha Mittal

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  3. Emre c says:

    Hey man this blog has saved my life, thanks so much for writing the detailed procedure, I was able to get the proper document after getting rejected with the improper document!
    Now to my question:
    Did you include the ARC in your EE application? (or specifically a picture of it since they take it from you when you leave Korea permanently)
    I ask because our ARC number is on the Police Certificate, and I wasn’t sure if I should add it. I am leaning towards not adding unnecessary documentation to my application.
    Thanks again!

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  4. Tracey says:

    I have been trying for a year as well for the same purpose. I don’t have friends or family in Korea and there is no consulate that is close. I don’t have the card they are looking for either. 😦 It has been a very frustrating process. I am hoping this blog will save the day! A million thanks!

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  5. Jj says:

    can i ask? What is the use of lapsed record? If they founf out that you stay too long ing korea without visa. It pisible the cic will deny my application?

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  6. Mayla Melanie Feher says:

    Hi,
    I went to a korean embassy consulate office here in japan and i asked for a police certifucate they made me fill uo a form about criminal back ground check and record and told me to go back after 2 weeks to get it. Im confused if i filed the right form they gave me a form to fill up that says for criminal record and background check. Did i filled uo the right form? I really need to know for we are running out of time we need to leave on nivember 28th and us embassy is asking for a police clearance from korea since i worked there before. If i have a friebd that is willing to file for me will that certificate coming from there be valid too? Thank in advance

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    • taffytoffy says:

      If you read my post carefully, the background check from the oversea Korean consulate is NOT the right form you should get in order to apply to CIC, at least as of Nov 2016, it wasn’t. You have to get a friend in Korea to do this for you by visiting a police station. Since you are running out of time, you should contact your friend in Korea as soon as possible. Good luck

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  7. krishna says:

    so helpful.. wish u good luck and thanks

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  8. krishna says:

    HI Taffy,

    Thank you for the beautiful article.

    I’m trying to get a police clearance certificate through a friend of mine staying in Korea. I have updated both the pages 3 and 4 like the way you mentioned. I also see other pages having fields in Korean mentioning Applicant name and ARC’s but nothing about it was mentioned by you in your article. Would that mean they can be ignored ?. Thanks

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  9. Ophelia Yao says:

    大侠,非常感谢你的分享,真的是太有用了。想咨询一下当时您的朋友是去韩国哪一个警察厅办理的呢?我们现在找韩国的朋友在帮忙问,她问了光州那边的警察厅,问了好几次都说一定要本人前去办理不能他人代办,我们简直崩溃了。。。

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  10. santhosh says:

    Hello Friend,
    I am an Indian and i did my studies in S.Korea back in 2007-2009 and i currently reside in US. After looking at this form, i mailed the consulate and requested for PCC, but they in turn say that they are ready to give the PCC, which you have shown on the topmost part of your blog,which is not going solve my purpose for my Canadian immigration. I did told them i don’t need this, i am not in a situation to make them understand. Finally they agreed to help me fill those 2 forms.

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  11. Mubbasher says:

    Mubbasher again. So, here the situation. I need the Police clearance with Lapsed Records… I am in Calgary, Alberta. And the Consulate is in Vancouver, BC.

    1- Can I only get those documents notarized from notary public ? will that work ?
    or I need to fly to the consulate in Vancouver and get them notarized from the Korean consulate ?
    2- Also, do I need to get both documents notarized ? The Application and Power of Attorney ?
    or only application ?
    Also can you write down in Korean, what I shall tell them … I will just print. Some times they might use a different word and it might be hard for me to explain in English that I want them certified or notarized or attested … Just want to be cautious so that the flying trip will work for me and would be worth …

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  12. Hi Taffy,

    Thanks for this super helpful article. Can you help with a translation of the power of attorney page?

    Thanks!

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  13. Yaman Ajit Wadhwani says:

    Thank you very much for the helpful post. I am one of those idiots whose application was rejected because of the PCC from South Korea.

    How do I get these two forms validated from Korean consulate in London? I do not understand the word validation here. I did not come across the validation part on their website.

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    • Yaman says:

      Hey, I can’t find the authorization form to get entry/departure record. It is not available on Hi Korea’s website. Do you have a link to that form?

      Many thank!

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  14. Yaman says:

    Hey, I can’t find the authorization form to get entry/departure record. It is not available on Hi Korea’s website. Do you have a link to that form?

    Many thank!

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  15. This is an excellent useful post for those who try to obtain PCC from Korean Police. Thanks for the clear information.
    However, could you be kind enough to send the application for the entry/departure record (from Hi Korea site) which I couldn’t locate, and if possible, the power of attorney document form as well. Many thanks again.

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  16. Sharon says:

    Hi my name is Sharon… I am currently living in Canada. And applying for Permanent residency.. and require a criminal background check. I used to live in Korea for about 10 years and therefore require a criminal check. I understand the consulate can’t issue to right certificate.. so I am tying to go trough this process w a Friend of mine that lives in Korea. However I am trying to access the links that you have provided to get the power of attorney forms and criminal back ground check, but the links don’t work… and I was hoping if you could help me access them or maybe even email them to me. I am having so much trouble finding a power of attorney form anywherre that can be issued to me so that I may get it notarized at the Korean consulate in Vancouver to send back to me friend in Korea. Please help me…

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    • Mubbasher says:

      Where you live now ? BC or AB ? I live in AB and got my papers stamped by Korean Consulate in Vancouver.

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    • Rachel says:

      Hi Sharon, did you manage to obtain the forms? I cannot download them either. This blog is amazing, so if anyone has managed to download the forms, i’d LOVE to have them. Im not trying to avoid doing this myself. I just can’t seem to download them?

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  17. Rabin Bhusal says:

    Hi Can you please also download “Certificate of Entry/Departure Record” (출입구사실증명서).
    and put the image format in this website or send it to me in my email.
    Thanks.

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  18. Za says:

    I dont have friend in korea. Is the embassy able to help after submitting the two forms?

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    • Mubbasher says:

      No you have to have a friend or office colleague… You can use some Law or immigration firm in Korea… But that is very expensive. It is same as you get a visa to Korea, buy a ticket and go there and get it your self.

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  19. Mubbasher says:

    Hi Everyone, AlhamduLillah, I finally obtained my Clearance Certificate.

    1- Power of Attorney Form translation is as follows: https://imgur.com/a/6HdDj

    2- You need to get this Power of Attorney notarized from a Notary Public. Then you have to get it stamped from the Consulate. Don’t sign this form… You have to sign it, in front of Notary Public.
    – You have to find a Notary Public where some one speaks Korea and knows Korean language.
    – Then that Notary Public can Notarized that document. If you are in Calgary, here is the Place called : Hansen and Company. and Ask for Eric Kim. 558 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0S1

    - You have to provide the consulate the Passport Copy, Notary Public Cover letter, Notarized Work Permit Copy and a residential proof to prove where you are living now (Notarized Residential Contract or Notarized Driving License Copy or only Notarized Work Permit Copy if it states your work location or city), and along with return envelope if sending by mail and Money Order.
    

    Consulate in Vancouver clearly said even if you want to visit Consulate to get it stamped, you first have to get it Notarized from Notary Public.
    This process of notarization is similar to getting you degree notarized from the Consulate, so if you can’t find much information on site about getting this specific paper notarized, then use the information on the site related to getting degree notarized.
    I have got it done using mail… as the Consulate was not in my province AB.

    3- One you got notarized it… Then send this power of attorney along with application(by mail) to your friend or colleague in Korea and he shall get it for you…

    if you have any question, leave a comment and I will try to answer it.
    Have a good day…

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  20. Anonymous says:

    请问一下博主,登录证号必须填吗,已经离开很久了,都想不起来了

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  21. GSK says:

    This site was really helpful.

    Currently I reside in Korea. When I approached police station to get my PCC, they gave me exactly the wrong one (the one posted as wrong in this site). So I printed this website and explained the officer this is not what I want. Initially, he said both certificates are same and told me to use the wrong one. However, I told “No” and explained him that it is not the one CIC wants. After he made phone call to the other department in his office, he realized that the certificate he gave was not the correct one. Then he sent me to another department where I got my correct certificate. It took four to five working days to get the ‘wrong’ certificate. But the ‘correct’ certificate was issued immediately.

    Thanks to this site. It clearly explains what to get and how to get.

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  22. Anonymous says:

    Good day! My Name is Ricky. I just want to clarify about the notarization part, why do we need to find a notary that can ready and speak Korean? Can’t we just show the translation of the form to the person who will notarize the document? Because we do not have any firm that can Read and speak Korean. Thank you and hoping for your insightful response.

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    • Mubbasher says:

      How would the Notary know the translate is correct ? No way. So, if you can’t find some Korean (Who speaks and can read) Notary, then process is a bit longer. First you need to get those documents translated from some legal, certified professional… Which mean they have someone who can speak and translate Korean. If you can’t find some certified translator in your country or city… it is a good Idea to check with a couple of Notary Public in you area… and ask them if they know some legal and certified professional who can translate from Korean to English. Which they will accept to notarize. As they guide you do it… to get it notarized.

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      • Anonymous says:

        Thank you foe your reply. Just another question, since the embassy here in my country is siscouraging us from doing this method. Is it okay that once the power of attorney is notarized, I will just send it to my representative in Korea? I understand that if it is not validated by the local korean embassy, the representative will 1st need to go to the immigration office for the entry and departure certificate. Only after that can the Rep proceed to the police station. Thank you.

        If taffytoffy can also answer this inquiry. Thank you

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        • Mubbasher says:

          Give that a try. But the general rule is… why would someone in Korea or in Police Station trust a Notary public in another country if it is real or not.. ? the have no resources and no information about this notary public if it is there or not, if they are legal or not etc… When consulate or embassy stamps/notarizes the document, it will be solid proof for someone in Korea…

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  23. Anonymous says:

    Good day! Ricky here again! I backtracked and checked the scenario of Mr. Mubbasher is different from mine. I want to ask if I still need my documents notarized even if I can go to the embassy in person or I still need to have it notarized before going there? Also I know this may be too much to ask but can somebody post a ready-to-download files because I cant access the links provided in the blog and the comment section. Thank you so much in advance. Happy New Year to everybody!

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  24. Anonymous says:

    Hi Guys! I just contacted the local embassy here in my country to have the documents stamped so that my representative will not need to go to the immigration office. The Embassy Consul notified me that usage of the police clearance with lapsed record is illegal to submit to any other entity and purely for personal copy. This caused a great confusion for us, because the Canadian Embassy clearly states that they need the document with lapsed record but for the Korean Embassy it is illegal to use it. Anybody experience the same situation?

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  25. Drew says:

    I have an issue as well. We got all the forms and sent them to a friend in Korea. That friend went to the police station but they are refusing to do it because they claim that this only works if you are a korean citizen. This friend tried multiple police stations and all of them say that my wife will have to go to korea in person to do this. This is impossible because she has a chinese passport and has no right to enter the country without first going through a separate visa application. Please advise.

    Thank you for your quick response.

    Drew

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    • Mubbasher says:

      Hi Drew, is your friend Korean ? are they saying you friends has to be Korean ? I guess they are saying Your wife have to be Korean to obtain this.
      It can happen if you or your friend selected “Korean Check Reply” on the application instead of “English Check Reply”. If you selected “Korean Check Reply”, they will never give you the certificate because that is only for Koreans/
      Secondly, Ask her to try it in Some Police station in Seoul. They do issue it to non Koreans as most of the foreigners live in Seoul… Hope this helps.

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      • Anonymous says:

        Hi Mubasshher! What did you put on the year, month, and date. Were you the one to fill it out before sending it to your representative in Korea or did your representative put the dates when they will go to the police station? Thank you.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Just an update: We got the police certificate by basically following all of the same steps that we did before but kept trying different police stations until we found one that had a proper understanding of their own processes. The representative went there and it was done in a matter of minutes.

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      • Drew says:

        That last message was written by Drew, BTW. I forgot to write my name in the reply.

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        • Anonymous says:

          Hi Drew what police clearance did you go to, which province? Im currently having the same problem. I sent the documents to my rep, she was able to get the “entry and departure record” but when she went to a police station the people there told her that it should be done personally.

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  26. james says:

    Your information comes at the right time,

    Please on your attached files, it’s about 13 pages, Is it all the 13 pages or only page 3 and 4 to be submitted?

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  27. Brianne says:

    I am currently going through this problem. I called the Toronto consulate to make sure they would be able to validate my POA and application for criminal records; however the told me because I am a foreigner to Korea I am not able to obtain a copy of my lapsed records. Has anyone else had this issue?

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    • Marius says:

      I have followed these steps to a T. Got all the documents at the Toronto consulate. Signed. Stamped. Yadayada. Sent the documents to two of my friends in Daegu and they both got turned away at the different police stations they went to. I called/emailed the Toronto consulate to explain to them that the police in Daegu are refusing to release these “lapsed” records check. Toronto consulate then “reached” out to the KNPA and told me yes, they stopped releasing these documents because of – and listed reasons.

      Funny enough I called the Montreal consulate, and they contradicted the Toronto consulate. Stating miscommunication and that the KNPA still release these documents.

      Anyhow. I’m in a very confused boat right now. I got the police officers name and number and will get Montreal consulate to call and figure out what’s going on.

      Could someone maybe just tell me the exact police station where you have come right in obtaining the document.

      Perhaps Daegu just don’t deal with this regularly.

      Thanks all,

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      • Anonymous says:

        Ricky here! Good day! I had the same issue because my friend was also based in Daegu and police stations there did not want to issue the certificate. My friend travelled to Seoul and was able to get one from there. Hope this helps.

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        • Pamela says:

          Which police station did you visit? I’m going to get mine.

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        • Marius Botha says:

          Thanks Ricky! I can confirm that Daegu is an absolute NO GO for trying to get this specific police check. Seoul or Busan is up next. Hopefully I manage to get it sorted there.

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          • thinkhappie says:

            Did you get your criminal record check with lapsed records approved? My husband and I are in the same boat you are in as they will not release his records to his power of attorney.
            Thanks!

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  28. Maryjane says:

    Can i just simply apply for a police clearance at the korean embassy here in philipines??? And if so what will be the requirements? Im currently applying for k1 visa in the us

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  29. Sudanese_T says:

    Cheers for the blog Taffy Toffy! Managed to get my police certificate this week thanks to your guide 🙂

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  30. Anonymous says:

    Finally got mine…
    Thanks Taffytoffy for this blog and the steps to follow.

    Things to note here everyone:
    1) The consulate in Toronto is slightly confused when it comes to this process.
    2) I suggest reaching out to the consulate in Montreal – more knowledgeable and helpful.
    3) Don’t try and get it in Daegu.
    4)Always send your friends to a station in Seoul-Literallg takes 5 minutes and you get your check with lapsed records.

    Thanks again Toffy! This blog is very useful and I’m sure it’s helped many poor individuals like myself!

    Cheers,

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    • Yuri says:

      Hi! Did you have to notary all your documents before sending it to your friend in Korea?
      I’m confused whether I need to do this or not, since I don’t have access to a Korean Speaking notary in my city/country (even English is already difficult 😦 )
      Thank you!

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      • Anonymous says:

        Hi Yuri! I went to the Korean consulate in Toronto and explained the process. They gave me all the forms that I needed and stamped them as well. (These forms are discussed in this blog – Have a read through.) I don’t think you need to notarize if the consulate stamps your documents. If you don’t have access to a consulate in your country I’m not too sure how you should go about getting your forms notarized.

        Regards,

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        • Yuri says:

          Thank you for your promptly reply! Unfortunately the nearest consulate here is 2 hours away by airplane 😦 I tried calling them last week and they told me they can’t stamp it because it’s only allowed to Koreans! (wtf 😦 ) They said they can do the other one (the wrong one lol) and they also said someone tried with that and it was rejected by Canada. My case is to Australia though, I wonder if they accept the “wrong” one!
          Anyway, thanks for the help, I guess I will try without the stamps/notary and cross my fingers!

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          • Anonymous says:

            No worries Yuri. If I were you I’d apply for the “wrong one” just so that you have some kind of support. Also, according to the agents I have been in correspondence with, it’s only the U.S and Canada that require the “correct one” I.e. lapsed records.

            Do some research on Aussie Immigration sites and start mailing them. You might be in luck and the wrong check works out to be the correct check in your case!

            Good luck!

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    • RA says:

      I followed the instructions and was unsuccessful. I too had mine notarized by the Vancouver Consulate. I was told the “rules had changed”.

      I sent:
      -request for police records check (stamped by Vancouver BC consulate)
      -power of attorney
      -copy of passport
      -copy of Alien Registration Card

      Seoul Police Station says I have to get it in person. Did I miss anything?

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  31. gerhard says:

    Good day, I am also in Toronto and need these documents. Anonymous did you download the 2 forms before or did the consulate print it for you? I can’t seem to print the forms.

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  32. Anonymous says:

    can some kind soul pls forward me the 2 documents required to my email extremecoola@yahoo.com.sg pls!! appreciate your kindness

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  33. Llez Nitram says:

    can you get the form for me and email it josielbuom@yahoo.com any help please I am willing to pay for it

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  34. Neha Mittal says:

    I have got those 3 documents. Just give me few days, I will email you guys. I have image versions. You need to print and fill.

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  35. Anonymous says:

    Hi! Can you also email me those three documents that you have.I from Philippines.I had a hard time searching for those documents.I stayed in Korean for almost to years and now I decided to have a visa to Canada.I don’t know the correct police clearance the immigration want.To you so much for this forum.please email me for documents it helps a lot. engrchris64@gmail.com

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  36. Anonymous says:

    Hi! Can you also email me those three documents that you have.I from Philippines.I had a hard time searching for those documents.I stayed in Korean for almost to years and now I decided to have a visa to Canada.I don’t know the correct police clearance the immigration want.Thank you so much for this forum.please email me for documents it helps a lot. engrchris64@gmail.com

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  37. Shelly says:

    Good day,can you kindly email me the forms as well.My email address is sheldinn@yahoo.com

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  38. RA says:

    Hi all!
    Great resource, thank you.

    Can anyone confirm, either in Canada or the US, that they have had success obtaining a Police Backgrounds Check (including Lapsed Records) using a Power of Attorney and notarized request in the past few weeks?

    I followed the instructions and my rep on the ground in Seoul was denied the release of the docs at the Police Station. They were told the “rules had changed” and it must be requested in person by the individual whose name in on the request (restated: you have to fly to Korea).

    Is there a particular rule that I can have them reference to force the release?

    Thank you,

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  39. NK says:

    Thank you taffy ! You just made life so easy. I followed your post step by step & received the Korean PCC immediately. It was accepted right away by IRCC and now I have submitted passports for PR visa stamping already! Great work & keep it up!

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    • Neha C says:

      Hey NK,
      Where did you get your pcc?
      If in Korea, then which police station? My friend was refused in Suwon police station
      Did it include lapse records thing?

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      • NK says:

        I got from Seoul police station & it clearly mentioned including lapsed records.

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        • thinkhappie says:

          Hi NK,
          Are you a foreigner to Korea? My husband lives in the USA and is trying to get his lapsed records through a friend who he appointed as power of attorney. What police station did you get your document from?
          Thanks 🙂

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    • thinkhappie says:

      Hi NK,
      Are you a foreigner to Korea? My husband lives in the USA and is trying to get his lapsed records through a friend who he appointed as power of attorney. What police station did you get your document from?
      Thanks 🙂

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  40. thinkhappie says:

    Hi Everyone,
    I am Canadian and my husband, who is American, is applying for his PR Outside Canada under the Family Class.
    My husband worked in Korea 8 years ago. IRCC requested he submit a Korean criminal record with lapsed records so gave his previous employer, who is Korean, Power of Attorney. My husband followed all the necessary steps above.
    His former boss has gone to two police stations with no luck. He lives in Ansan, Gyeonggi-do. I do not know the exact police stations he has tried to obtain this document from but neither have worked. His boss was told policies in Korea have changed and only those working in foreign relations with foreigners could obtain these records.
    Any suggestions? Places to go? Police stations that work?
    I have called IRCC and they said just to send the officer working on our case a web form explaining our situation. But this scares us as we don’t want our application to get denied.
    I also contacted the office of the Minister of Immigration for help and they said to elicit my MP for help which I have done but they said just to message IRCC explaining our situation.
    We feel very hopeless and lost and would greatly appreciate any advice/help you have to offer.
    Thank you,

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    • Hi Thinkhappie,

      We were in the same boat. My partner worked in South Korea for a year. We initially got a police certificate from the South Korean embassy here in our country (South Africa), but we later learnt that it was not the correct document and that the embassy cannot issue the document that IRCC is looking for.

      We used the following service: http://allminwon.com/global/index.php?cl=y — it’s a company based in South Korea that issues “civil documents” on behalf of locals or foreigners. The website seemed a little dodgy to us at first, so we phoned them and we checked some scam detection websites, and they seemed legit. We in fact got the correct English Check Reply certificate a couple of days later. They will ask you for various documents (copy of passport, completed application form + power of attorney, a photo of your husband holding his passport, etc).

      All in all, I cannot believe what a ridiculous struggle this was to obtain this certificate. I have provided feedback on the Canada website providing the information about how to obtain this certificate, as the information is simply wrong. The embassies are not allowed to issue this English Check Reply document.

      This blog post by taffytoffy helped though, in that we could verify exactly what to put on the application forms and make sure the documents all look correct.

      Best of luck!

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  41. Apu says:

    Hello all, I had worked in South Korea for a year and currently in India. I got the Application for Criminal Records form and Power of Attorney form validated from the Chennai consulate and sent to my friend in Korea. However she was refused at Daejeon police station stating that foreign nationals cannot be issued the document with lapsed records check. It seems quite a few people could get the document from Seoul. Can those kind souls please update the police station they got it from (mentioned in the form). This blog is a humungous help to everyone looking for PCC from Korea and your bit can help others wade through this tricky process.

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  42. D says:

    This is awesome help, cheers. I am in situation where I HAVE gotten the wrong record to submit, but also it has listed a ‘wanted for immigration crime’ (working a second job). I assume it will be on any record I get. This is not a conviction. Anyone know how long a police record like that lasts? I had heard three years…

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  43. E says:

    I spent 6 months and 10 days in Korea- if only I had cut my stay short by 11 days :/ anyways thank you so much for posting this, I’m really not sure what I would have done otherwise.

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  44. Dory says:

    about hwp file, i think you later can just try to save it as doc file instead, rather than make it in jpg file ^^. Anyway, thx for your post. It helps alot.

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  45. Rachelle Gopez Pantig says:

    Hello there! Is there anyone here from the Philippines who has gotten the Police Clearance Certificate? Can you please share your experience? When we went to the Korean Embassy last December 2017, they’ve given us the WRONG form.. it is just now that I have read this blog about these stressful process. Until now my Canadian application is stagnant because of this PCC….please help…please give me details and the downloadable forms because I cannot access the link…thank you and God bless! my email ad is rachellepantig12@gmail.com

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  46. Jason says:

    Hey guys! Hope you guys can answer my question. So I’m starting the process now, with my new passport. I have decided to not omit working in Korea even though it doesn’t show it in my passport as its a new passport. Instead, I’m gonna try doing this whole process and use an agent. First things first though, I have seemed to have lost my Korean ARC. I did find a picture of the back of my ARC. First question, is the number at the top the ARC number? Second question, do I need to prove to anyone that that number is mine? I.e. do i need to show my ARC to anyone or a copy of it (as I don’t have a picture of the front).

    More questions to come

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  47. Govinda Sharma says:

    http://allminwon.com/global/request.php
    They can help you in getting many kinds of documents from korea. I got my police report from them. They however charge a service fee.

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    • Anonymous says:

      This is awesome!

      1) Total how many days it will take to recieve the certificate from start to end?
      2) What documents do we need to send them? Do we need to ship them?

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  48. govindagopi says:

    FOr me it took me 3 days. You dont need to ship docs, scan and email them.

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