Guide to Applying for a Police Clearance Certificate in Shenzhen

The government of Shenzhen is probably the first one that implements uniform requirements across the city for issuance of Police Clearance Certificates (PCC) to foreigners. On March 13, 2014, the Office of No Criminal Record Certificate of Shenzhen Public Security Bureau (PSB) was officially founded.1 Never have we seen in another city an entire police department designated for PCC matters. Later in 2018, Shenzhen Administration Service Hall replaced the Office of No Criminal Record Certificate as the government agency where applicants file PCC applications. The Office of No Criminal Record Certificate remains to be the issuing authority.

STEP 1: Apply for Police Clearance Certificate at Shenzhen Administration Service Hall

PCC applications are filed at the West Hall of Shenzhen Administration Service Hall. Below is their contact information:

NameWest Hall of Shenzhen Administration Service Hall 深圳市行政服务大厅西厅
AddressFutian Qu, Fuzhong Sanlu Shenzhen Civic Center B Block First Floor, Shenzhen, Postcode 518028 深圳市福田区福中三路市民中心B区首层 邮编518038

Who are eligible?

You must have lived in Shenzhen continuously for 6 months or more.

Processing Time?

3 working days.

What are the required documents?

  • Passports. (The original documents of your passports are always preferred. If original passports are unavailable and only copies are provided, the copies must be authenticated by a China Consulate/ Embassy.)
  • Most recent Temporary Residence Registration Form. For applicants who are not present in China, provide at least one Temporary Residence Registration Form from the past.
  • Power of attorney, if applicable. (It must be authenticated by a China Consulate/ Embassy.)

Sample Shenzhen Police Clearance Certificate Issued by PSB

Sample Shenzhen PSB Police Clearance Certificate

STEP 2: Notarization for Police Clearance Certificate

The issuance of PCCs by PSB may not be the end of the process. If your PCC will be used for purposes of immigration to the U.S., Canada, Australia, etc., the PCC must also be submitted to a local notary office for issuance of a notarial PCC with English translation. Below is the contact information of a major notary office in Shenzhen. (There are a dozen other notary offices that can notarize PCCs. Choose the one you consider convenient.)

NameShenzhen Notary Public Office深圳公证处
AddressFutian Qu, Shennan Dadao 4013 Hao Xingye Yinhang Dasha 17 Lou深圳市福田区深南大道4013号兴业银行大厦17楼

Processing Time?

1 to 2 weeks.

What are the required documents?

  • Passports
  • Police Clearance Certificate issued by PSB
  • Power of attorney, if applicable.

Sample Beijing Notarial Police Clearance Certificate

Sample Shenzhen Notarial Police Clearance Certificate

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  1. 人民网 . March 13, 2014:

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