Certificate Of Clearance (COC)

INTRODUCTION

The Singapore Police Force (SPF) has introduced an eService which allows applicants to apply for Certificate of Clearance (COC) online. With the introduction of this eService, SPF will discontinue walk-in applications at the Police Cantonment Complex. Applicants who wish to apply for COC, are advised to do so through the eService. Payments and booking of fingerprinting appointments can also be performed online.

 

A Certificate of Clearance, also commonly referred to as Police Clearance, is issued by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Singapore Police Force, to certify that a person does not have any record of criminal conviction in Singapore within a stipulated period of time.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Singapore Citizens

  • Age 16 Years Old and Above
  • Documentary proof stating that a COC is required by the various foreign government authorities or institutions for specific overseas purposes (e.g. migration / adoption / employment / further education)
 
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Non-Singapore Citizens (Including Singapore Permanent Resident)

  • Submit an appeal for consideration on a case by case basis
  • Resided in Singapore for a minimum period of 6 months, under a valid pass issued by the Immigrations Checkpoint Authority (ICA) or the Ministry of Manpower (MOM)
  • Age 16 Years Old and Above
  • Documentary proof stating that a COC is required by the various foreign government authorities or institutions for specific overseas purposes (e.g. migration / adoption / employment / further education)

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Applicants may wish to note that there are alternative means to a COC such as a Statutory Declaration through the Commissioner of Oath or a qualified practitioner.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

PROCESS

For Singaporean

Step 1: Apply for COC at the SPF eServices webpage
Step 2: Complete the online forms & make payment via Credit/Debit Card or i-Banking
Step 3: Upon notification that the application has been accepted, book a fingerprinting appointment
Step 4: Visit COC Office for fingerprint taking
Step 5: Collect the Certificate

For Non-Singapore Citizens (Including Singapore Permanent Resident)

Step 1: Appeal to apply for COC at the SPF eServices webpage
Step 2: Once notified that the appeal is approved, please proceed to “Apply for Certificate Of Clearance” similar to steps 1 to 5
 
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED
1   SingPass and/or Foreign Identification Number (FIN) 

Scanned documentary proof indicating that a COC is required and for what purpose

  • in pdf format not more than 2MB in size
  • e.g. letter from embassy, overseas offer letter for employment/education, etc 

Scanned biometric page of applicant’s valid passport

  • in pdf format not more than 2MB in size
  • front page with photo and particulars only 
Scanned Identification Document (ID), front and back
  • in pdf format not more than 2MB in size
  • e.g NRIC, Work Permit, etc

Scanned or digital passport-sized photograph

  • in jpeg format not more than 60kb in size preferably with the dimension of 400 by 514 pixels
  • taken within the last 3 months
  • formal facial expression on a white borderless background
  • displays full face without any obstructing headgear (headgear worn due racial or religious customs are acceptable but must not hide facial features) 
Valid Credit/Debit Card (VISA/MASTERCARD) or i-Banking account for online payment. 

Original hardcopy fingerprint impressions (Optional)

  • applicable only for applicants residing overseas who are required to mail the hardcopy fingerprints with eCOC Acknowledgement Slip
  • fingerprint impressions refer to fingerprints of right and left thumbs, and the 4 fingers of both the right and left hands 

 
CONTACT DETAILS

Member of Public may contact Criminal Record Office at:

Tel : (+65) 64358277 (between 9.00 am to 5.00 pm Singapore time (GMT +8), from Mondays to Fridays, excluding Public Holidays)
Email : [email protected]

 

Please view the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section for more information 

Last Updated on 01 December 2016