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Source of information: Central authority of the EU Member State of the applicant’s citizenship

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Local name: Not applicable
International information exchange department name:
(name appearing in the certificate)
Specific to the country of the applicant’s citizenship

Information disclosed in the certificate:

Country and town of conviction

Date of conviction

Type of conviction

  • Several offences, felonies
  • Minor offences, misdemeanors
  • Juvenal punishemnt convictions

Information on the penalty

  • Type of penalty
  • Penalty suspension, probation or parole

Coverage: All European Union member states
Time scope: Specific to the country of the applicant’s citizenship, up to April 2012
Certificate format: EU template
(Original certificate issued in Polish and its English translation)
Turnaround time (based on data from the last three months): Specific to the country of the applicant’s citizenship
Price: 99 GBP
Comments: You can request your EU criminal record check using this ORDER FORM

The EU-wide criminal record check is available only to the citizens of the following states:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden.

We provide this service by requesting the information from the central authority of the member state of the applicant’s citizenship. Please note discrepancies between information obtained through this service and through requests made directly to the particular countries’ criminal registers may occur, i.a. if the latter fail to fulfil their statutory obligation to transmit the information under Article 4 in a timely manner.

Legal basis: There is no centralised EU criminal records database, however each Member State's national criminal register plays a role of a depository of its citizens' convictions, that were handed down in the whole EU. The service is based on the European Union Council Framework Decision 2009/315/JHA of 26 February 2009 and the obligations it imposes on all EU Member States, in particular:

Article 4 –  Obligation of the convicting Member State other than that of the subject’s citizenship to, as soon as possible, inform the Member State of the convicted person’s citizenship of any convictions handed down within its territory or any changes to the already transmitted convictions.

Article 5 – Obligation of the Member State of the person’s citizenship to store and keep such information up to date, for further retransmission.

Article 7 – Obligation of the Member State of the person’s citizenship to, when requested, disclose the information on convictions handed down in that state, as well, as in other Member States, which had been received and stored under Articles 4 and 5.

Thanks to these obligations, by requesting the information from Member State of the applicant's citizenship we are conducting a criminal record check covering effectively all the European Union member states.


Portuguese criminal record check provided by European Criminal Record Information Services.