POLICE CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE (Police check)
There are two types of national police clearance certificates you can obtain from Mexico:
· The National Police Clearance Certificate (Constancia de antecedents no penales en materia federal) issued by the Secretary of Security and Citizen Protection (Secretaría de Seguridad y Protección Ciudadana - SSPC) , and
· The Records Certificate (Constancia de Datos Registrales) which is issued by the General Prosecutor’s Office (Fiscalía General de la República - FGR).
State governments also issue local police clearance certificates, but they are not valid for migratory purposes in Australia as they are not national police checks.
Neither of these police clearance certificate can be obtained directly at the Embassy of Mexico in Australia.
To request either of these certificates, it is indispensable that you have a supporting letter issued by an official authority, such as the Embassy of Mexico (more information below).
NATIONAL POLICE CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE ISSUED BY THE SSPC
The national police clearance certificate issued by the SSPC should be requested in person, or if you are outside Mexico, by a first degree relative (parent, son/daughter, sibling or spouse) by presenting either an authorisation letter signed by the applicant and two witnesses (with copies of their IDs), or a power of attorney.
The requirements and other relevant information to apply for this certificate is available here:
RECORDS CERTIFICATE ISSUED BY THE FGR
The records certificate (Constancia de Datos Registrales) issued by the General Prosecutor’s Office (FGR – previously Procuraduría General de la República PGR) is a document that verifies if an individual, Mexican national or foreigner, has any records from previous investigations either from the local or federal jurisdiction.
This certificate can be requested in person at the FGR offices in Mexico City or at any Attorney General’s local office. Applicants who live outside Mexico can give a simple power of attorney or authorisation letter to someone else to request the certificate on their behalf.
You can find the information on the records certificate here: .
As part of the requirements for the Records Certificate, you will need to present an official document with your fingerprints taken, either from a police station or from the embassy.
If you wish to have your fingerprints taken at the Embassy, please call us (02 62733 963) or email us () to book an appointment. You will be required to bring an official ID (original and a photocopy) and two passport size photos (white background, facial traits visible, no smiling, ears and forehead clear): one taken from the front and another one from the side (profile).
How to obtain the supporting letter from the embassy?
To obtain the supporting letter from the embassy you will need the following:
1. A copy of the front page of your passport.
You can send your request by email to and we will issue the letter and send it to you electronically to your email address.
If you prefer to receive the original support letter by post, you need to send a self-addressed pre-paid envelope with the request letter and the copy of your passport to:
Embassy of Mexico
14 Perth Ave.
YARRALUMLA, ACT 2600
Alternatively, you can request the letter personally at the embassy. Please call or email us in advance to book an appointment to receive you.
Police checks cannot be obtained at the Embassy of Mexico. If you need further information about either of these documents, you must contact directly the SSPC or the FGR.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Can I request a police clearance certificate through the Embassy?
No, it is not possible to request a police certificate through this Embassy.
What kind of help can I get from the Embassy?
The Embassy can provide you a supporting letter addressed to the SSPC or FGR.
Can I request my supporting letter in person?
Yes, as long as you contact us before coming so we can arrange an appointment for you.
What is the approximate processing time for my supporting letter from the Embassy?
Processing time could take between 2 and 3 working days after receiving your request and documentation.
Can someone else request the supporting letter on my behalf?
No, this is a personal matter and should be requested by the main applicant.
Will they issue my police clearance certificate if I do not present a letter from the Embassy?
No, the supporting letter from the Embassy is part of the documents you need to submit in Mexico to obtain your police check certificate.
Should I send original documents to Mexico?
Original documents can be lost in the mail, so it is very risky sending them by post. You can request at the embassy a comparison certificate (“certificado de cotejo”), which will certify that a copy of your document is true to the original. To obtain that certificate, please email () or call us (02 62 733 963) to book an appointment. You will be required to bring the original document that you want to certify, two photocopies, an official ID and pay in cash the cost of the certificate.
Alternatively, you can contact directly the SSPC or FGR offices in Mexico to enquiry if they accept copies signed by a Notary Public in Australia.
Can I request a supporting letter from the Embassy if I live in Mexico and I am applying for a visa to come to Australia?
Yes, you can as long as you send your request in writing along with a copy of the front page of your passport. Read more on the “How to obtain the supporting letter from the embassy?” section of this document.
How can I get my certificate if I do not have any relatives in Mexico?
If you do not have any relatives in Mexico you could you can appoint a lawyer or solicitor to request the the Records Certificate from the FGR.