If you are a good UAE resident, it’s time you get yourself certified.
Both Abu Dhabi and Dubai Police issue ‘Certificates of Good Conduct’ (also called Police Clearance Certificates), which certify that you have a clear record and fall under the category of a ‘good resident’.
The Police Clearance Certificate is becoming an important document as an increasing number of employers in the country are asking resident candidates to furnish one to ensure that the individual has had no trouble with the law.
This certificate is also required if you are looking to immigrate. For example, a UAE certificate of good conduct/police clearance is required for Canadian immigration purposes.
The authorities have put in place a simple process to get this certificate. Both UAE nationals and residents can apply for this.
Except in special circumstances that require personal presence, all segments of society may avail these services without having to visit one of the service centers.
Of course, the most important requirement is to have no criminal record(s), but to apply this certificate, you will need the following documents:
(1) A valid Emirates ID
(2) An active email address
(3) 2 recent passport-size photographs
(4) A copy of your passport
In Dubai, the certificate can be applied either through the Dubai Police website or its app.
To apply through the website, you need to access your user profile through MYID link or apply directly by completing the form.
The confirmation screen will send you an activation code through a (SMS) message. You must enter the activation code in the code box.
After this, you will be directed to the payment screen, through which you can evaluate the service then follow up on the payment process by clicking on the payment button. You will then be directed to Smart Government Payment Screen to complete the payment process.
The service fee to obtain this certificate for a UAE National is Dh100 whereas for residents it is Dh200. If you are applying it from outside the country, the fee is Dh300.
For those applying from another country:
(1) You will need to get a fingerprint card approved by the UAE or any GCC council
(2) 2 recent passport-sized photographs
(3) Valid passport copy
(4) UAE visa copy, if possible, and
(5) Purpose for applying.
This can be done either online or through the Dubai Police GHQ website.
If you are in Abu Dhabi, you can submit the application along with the required documents at the customer service section in the police station.
You can pay the fees by e-Dirham or visa card and receive the certificate by Empost or immediately in case of submitting the urgent application.
A Dh50 by e-Dirham or visa card is payable along with a Dh15 Empost charge. If you want the certificate urgently, the fee will double.
For those outside the country, you will have to get fingerprints taken at any police station within the country of residence. After this, you will have to attest the fingerprint card by the UAE embassy in the country of residence.
Once the attestation has been done, you can send the application along with the required documents to the General Directorate of Abu Dhabi Police.
The total fee for those applying outside the UAE is Dh533. This includes good conduct certificate (Dh53), translation to English (Dh100), accreditation by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Dh300), accreditation by the Ministry of Interior (Dh50) and an Empost charge of (Dh30).
Documents that you will require to apply include:
(1) Emirates ID
(2) Passport (original and a copy)
(3) Letter requesting the certificate
(4) One photograph
(5) A UAE residency visa is needed in case the applicant is outside the country.
The UAE’s Ministry of Interior (MoI) announced last year that residents may apply for the certificate through the Ministry’s website (www.moi.gov.ae) and their smartphone application, UAE-MOI.
“The UAE Government strives to provide advanced smart services for citizens, residents and visitors alike through quick and easy steps that are accessible wherever they are,” said Brigadier Sheikh Mohammed bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Director General of Security and Ports Affairs at Abu Dhabi Police.
The Police Clearance Certificate can also be downloaded through the UAE-MOI application via smartphone, or printed via the ministry’s website.
An application for electronic Police Clearance Certificate in Arabic costs Dh50, and certificates in English cost Dh100. An additional Dh13 are charged for the certificate to be delivered by email.
For those within the UAE wishing to verify the authenticity of a Police Clearance Certificate, recipients may access the Ministry’s website, www.moi.gov.ae, to confirm that the certificate has been issued by the Ministry of Interior.