The Jamaican Constabulary Force (JCF) provides criminal records background checks, referred to as a Police Clearance Certificates, to individuals (whether you are Jamaican or a foreign national who lived in Jamaica for a period of time) wishing to obtain information relating to any criminal record that may be held on them by the JCF.
Process/Procedure for obtaining a Jamaican Police Certificate (effective 1st June 2013)
Please Read Carefully! These procedures and additional information may be found on the Web site of the Ministry of National Security at (www.mns.gov.jm/resource/how-obtain-police-record)
Jamaican police certificates are issued mainly for the purposes of visas/immigration; employment; expungement of criminal records.
Content of Police Certificate
The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Police Clearance Certificate will state that you have no criminal convictions or it will list all convictions recorded against you. You may apply to the Ministry of Justice in Jamaica to have a conviction expunged from your record provided that you have not been convicted of an offence within the seven (7) years since your prior conviction (see below for further details). This is not an automatic process and can take up to several months.
For Persons Residing Overseas
1. Two (2) recent passport size photographs (must not be signed or sealed)
2. Submit a set of his/her fingerprints which should be taken by the relevant agency in the country he/she resides and must be stamped/certified by that agency.
3. Supply copy of passport (data page certified at a Jamaican Embassy or Consulate)
4. A letter (see format in "Forms” section) stating the following
- the purpose for which the Police Certificate is required
- the date you departed from Jamaica and your last address where you lived Jamaica
- the name and Address of Embassy, Consulate or other authority requesting the certificate
- Next Day Service - Eight Thousand Jamaican Dollars ($8,000)
- Express Service - Five (5) Working Days from the date of receipt of application – Six Thousand Jamaican Dollars ($6,000).
- Normal Service - Twenty-one (21) Working Days from the date of receipt of application – Three Thousand Jamaican Dollars ($3,000).
The above mentioned should be forwarded to:-
Senior Superintendent of Police
i/c Technical Services Division
34 Duke Street
Jamaica West Indies
NB. The next day service is offered only at Technical Services Division, 34 Duke Street, Kingston.
To Obtain Clearance for Employment Applicant Requires:-
1. A valid identification - Passport, Driver’s Licence or Elector Registration Identification (copies certified by a Jamaican Embassy or Consulate will be accepted).
2. Two (2) recent passport size photographs (must not be signed/sealed)
3. A letter from prospective employer.
- Next Day Service - Eight Thousand Dollars ($8,000)
- Express Service - Five (5) Working Days - Six Thousand Dollars ($6,000)
- Normal Service - Twenty One (21) Working Days - Three Thousand Dollars ($3,000).
Fees MUST be paid at any Inland Revenue Department (Tax Office). The applicant will be issued a receipt.
Take your receipt, photographs, letter from prospective employer, and ID to 34 Duke Street, Kingston, or to the following sub-sites:-
- Summit Police Station – St. James
- Pampano Bay Police Station - St. Mary
- May Pen Police Station – Clarendon
Complete the application form online, print and take to 34 Duke Street, Kingston, or to the relevant Sub-Site where the applicant will be fingerprinted and interviewed.
Certificate MUST be collected on the date written on receipt.
To Obtain an Expungement of Criminal Record
Make an application on the prescribed form obtained from the Ministry of Justice,
2 Oxford Road, Kingston 5; supplying the following information:-
· Full name
· Date of Birth
· Offence Convicted for
· Court convicted
· Date of Conviction
NB Application must be accompanied by a set of fingerprints for the applicants. A fee of Three Thousand Dollars ($3,000) is required to be paid at the Inland Revenue Department (Tax Office).
Spent Defined The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1988 makes provision for an individual who has been convicted and have successfully completed his/her rehabilitation period in accordance with the act, such a conviction is "spent” i.e. he/she can receive a "clean record”.
A person convicted for an offence and was sentenced to pay a fine (sentence imposed does not include imprisonment).
For a person convicted for an offence and sent to prison the rehabilitation periods are as follows:
- One (1) (6) months = five (5) years.
- Six (6) months not exceeding eighteen (18) months = eight (8) years.
- Eighteen (18) months but not exceeding three (3) years = ten (10) years.
The rehabilitation period applicable to an offence commences from the date of the termination of the sentence of imprisonment or the payment of the fine or the compliance with any condition imposed in respect of that offence.
For further information please contact 1(876) 922-0125, 1(876) 922-6214 or 1(876) 922-3221.