New Regulation for Police Clearance Certificate Applications in Guangdong Province

A new regulation, titled Provisions of Guangdong Provincial Public Security Department Regarding the Application for and Handling of Certificates of No Criminal Record (the “New Regulation”), will come into effect on March 1st, 2019. Any prior rules regarding the same matter will be replaced by the new regulations. Note that Certificate of No Criminal Record is also known as Police Clearance Certificates.

The New Regulation does not require that applicants have China residence permits. Previously, applicants without China residence permits are not eligible for applying for a Police Clearance Certificate in some cities of Guangdong Province, such as Guangzhou. We have confirmed with Guangzhou Notary Publice Office that residence permits are no longer required once the new regulation takes effect.

Under the New Regulation, applicants who have lived in multiple cities in Guangdong Province may file an application in one city to obtain a Police Clearance Certificate covering the time spent in all the cities of Guangdong. This is a significant improvement in terms of streamlining the application process. In the past, applicants would need a separate certificate for each city where they stayed in Guangdong in order to cover their entire time in the Province.

Below is the partial text of the new regulation with our English translation. You can find the full text at the website of Zhanjiang Public Secuirty Bureau of Guangdong at http://www.gdzj110.gov.cn/Info.aspx?Id=01e235f4-d8e3-4e82-9e84-c770145d28f0&c=. The complete English translation of the New Regulation is avaible, but not for free. If you are interested in purchasing a copy of the translation, please contact us for more details.

关于印发《广东省公安厅关于申请办理无犯罪记录证明的规定》的通知 Notice of Issuing the Provisions of Guangdong Provincial Public Security Department Regarding the Application for and the Handling of Certificates of No Criminal Record
各地级以上市公安局: To all municipal public security bureaus at and above the prefecture level:
《广东省公安厅关于申请办理无犯罪记录证明的规定》已经厅长办公会审议并报省司法厅审查通过,现印发给你们,请认真贯彻执行。                    广东省公安厅                   2019年1月8日   We hereby issue to you the Provisions of Guangdong Provincial Public Security Department Regarding the Application for and the Handling of Certificates of No Criminal Record (the “Provisions”), which has been, upon examination, adopted by the Provincial Department of Justice following the deliberation of the Director-General Executive Meeting. Please conscientiously and fully implement the Provisions.     Guangdong Provincial Public Security Department January 8, 2019    
广东省公安厅关于申请办理无犯罪记录证明的规定 The Provisions of Guangdong Provincial Public Security Department Regarding the Application for and the Handling of Certificates of No Criminal Record
第一条 为规范我省公安机关办理无犯罪记录证明工作,保障证明申请人的合法权益,根据有关法律法规…… Article 1 For purposes of regulating the work of the public security organs of Guangdong Province for handling Certificates of No Criminal Record (“CNCR”) and protecting the legitimate rights and interests of applicants, the Provisions are formulated in accordance with the relevant laws and regulations …

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