You are a foreigner in Vietnam and you need to get a work permit in Vietnam or do other purposes, a Vietnam police check is required. You resided in Vietnam and your current work requires a Vietan police check, then you need one.
But what is it actually?, How to get it, etc. All common questions about this type of paper will be addressed below.
Vietnam police check (also known as Vietnam police clearance certifciate, criminal record, background check) is a legal document issued by an agency managing the judicial database. In order to release this document, the authorized agency will scan your profile in the national criminal record database. It is valid to prove:
The certificate of non-criminal record Vietnam is mostly compulsory in any application in Vietnam. For foreigners, it is used as a supplementary document for work permit application, marriage registration, adoption or other procedures regarding residence in Vietnam.
At the moment, the following offices have the right to issue a police background check Vietnam to foreigners:
A criminal record in Vietnam costs VND 200,000 per copy. This excludes any post service fees applied for online submission and notarization fees of required documents in the application dossier.
In case the applicants need more than one copy, an additional of VND 5,000 per copy will be charged.
The processing time of getting a police check in Vietnam depends on the agency you approach to get it and case to case profile. Normally, it takes:
Vietnam police clearance for foreigners can be obtained by 2 ways: paper application in person and online application.
Step 1: You need to prepare all the documents in advance:
Step 2: Bring all documents to submit at Provincial Department of Justice or Vietnam National Criminal Record Center and pay the fee. You’d better come in the morning as sometimes the offices don’t receive the application in the afternoon.
Step 3: Collect the result by coming to the agency on the appointed date
Step 1: Complete the online form at: https://lltptructuyen.moj.gov.vn/home?locale=en
Step 2: Print the completed online form out and sign on it (remember to note the application code on a paper and attached to the form). In parallel, you should prepare these documents:
Step 3: Handover to the post man who comes to your place to pick the dossier
Step 4: Receive the result sent by post to your provided address
The Vietnam Criminal Record certificate is issued by the Vietnam Government in Vietnamese for all cases, you can’t request for a non-Vietnamese version. However, if you need to use it overseas or submit to a foreign agency, it can be translated into English, legalized and notarized in accordance with Vietnam and foreign laws.
There’s no fixed validity of the police check certificate or regulations on that. It depends on the purpose that this document serves. In other words, it is the requirement by the organization/ authority that requests you to submit the certificate. Therefore, you should acknowledge the procedure and its requirements before application submission. Normally, it can be used within 6 months from the issuance date.