Police Certificate

1. Purposes of Use

Police Certificates from the Japanese Police Agency are issued only when they are required by foreign governments.

The certificate may be used for certain purposes such as applications for Australian citizenship, Australian visas, teacher registration, or the Australian Security Identification Card (ASIC).

Applicants who wish to apply for the certificate for any reason other than mentioned above need to contact our office for eligibility and the appropriate application procedure.

The police certificate is written in Japanese, English, French, German and Spanish.


Police certificates are valid for one year from the date of issue (It may be shorter depending on the reason for the application).

There are cases when your police certificate will become unusable because you applied for one too early and it expires.
This is especially possible if you need it for Australian visa/citizenship application purposes (Some categories of Australian visa assessment can take up to two years).

Please ensure you to apply for a police certificate at the right time, since you cannot apply for a police certificate again for the same reason,
while your current police certificate is still valid.

*If, after obtaining the police certificate, you find that you no longer require it, it must be returned to our office with a letter stating the reasons that it is not required.

2. Required Documents (For non-Japanese citizens)

1. One completed application form
2. Valid passport(s)
3. A document of proof that shows the necessity of a police certificate for example, a letter from the authority stating the requirement to submit it.
4. 1 self-addressed "Express Post" or "Registered Post" envelope with the tracking number if you like to receive the certificate by post.

(If you prefer to collect it from our office in person, the envelop is not required.)

3. Application Hours

Applicants must come to our office in person to lodge the application and to take fingerprints.

9:30~11:30, 14:00~15:30 (Monday-Friday except public holidays)
An appointment is not required.

4. Processing Time

It will take approximately 2-3 months to get the certificate as the application forms are sent to the Japanese Police Agency.

5. Fee

No charge

6. Our Office

Consulate-General of Japan, Sydney ( Map )

Level 12, 1 O'Connell Street

Sydney NSW 2000 Australia

TEL: (02) 9250 1000 [country code +61]