Police Certificate (Solvencia de Policia) and Certificado de Antecedentes Penales.
Citizens and residents of El Salvador
If you live in El Salvador:
Solvencia de Policia
You should apply for a Solvencia de la Policía Nacional in person through the Dirección General de la Policía Nacional Civil.
Residents provide: Original and copy of valid identity card (DUI) or original and copy of a valid passport. The copy of the DUI must be enlarged to 150 per cent. Application Form obtained at the police office. Fingerprints and a photograph are taken at time of application.
For citizens: 1 hour
For non-citizens in El Salvador: 10 days
Certificado de Antecedentes Penales
You should apply for Certificado de Antecedentes Penales in person or through an authorised third party at the Dirección General de Centros Penales y de Readaptación in San Salvador.
Residents provide: Original DUI or passport and fee ($3)
Processing time: 1 hour
If you live outside of El Salvador (citizens and non-citizens)
You should apply for a Solvencia de la Policía Nacional in person at your nearest Consulate of El Salvador.
Provide: Two full face and two side profile colour photographs, original set of fingerprints, copy of valid identity card (DUI) or passport, application form, and a letter from the applicant addressed to Unidad de Registro y Antecedentes Policiales de la Policia Nacional Civil indicating the reason for the request.
Please note: The process to obtain the solvency can take two to three months, as the Consulate sends the request to Foreign Affairs of El Salvador’s by diplomatic bag and they will forward it to the Police Station, where the background is consulted and when the solvency is processed will be returned to using the same procedure.
You should apply for Certificado de Antecedentes Penales in person at your nearest Consulate of El Salvador.
Provide: Application form, copy of valid passport or DUI and fee ($3.00).
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Police clearance certificates
Depending on your Australian visa application type and your personal circumstances, you may be required to provide a police clearance certificate with your Australian visa application so that the Australian Government can determine whether you are of good character.
If you are required to provide a police clearance certificate, you must obtain the certificates from all the countries you have lived for 12 months or more cumulatively during the last 10 years.
Police clearance certificates are also known as a penal clearance certificate or Certificate of Criminal Record in some countries. Unless otherwise requested by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, police clearance certificates are not required for persons under the age of 16 years.
Character requirements for an Australian Visa
If you want to enter Australia with a visa, you must be of good character and you will be assessed against the character requirements for the type of Australian visa you will be applying. As part of your Australian visa application, you might be required to provide a police clearance certificate (from each country where you have stayed for 12 months or more in the last 10 years) or other suitable evidence to satisfy the character requirements.
Under Section 501 of the Migration Act 1958, the Minister for Immigration or the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection can refuse or cancel your visa, if you do not meet the character requirements.
Character test to get an Australian visa
You will not pass the character test for an Australian visa if:
When is a police clearance certificate required?
If you are over the age of 16 and have lived in any of the countries for a total of one year or more in the last 10 years, you must get a Police clearance certificate from that country.
How long my police clearance certificate is valid?
For Australian immigration purposes a police clearance certificate is deemed to be valid for 12 months from the issue date.
How can you get a police clearance certificate?
For instructions on obtaining a certificate from an overseas government or law enforcement authority, refer to the relevant country information.
If you are required to provide an Australian police clearance certificate because you have spent more than 12 months in Australia within the last 10 years, you must complete the Australian Federal Police (AFP) National Police Check application form which is available from the AFP website: