How to obtain a Police Record in Jamaica
I am doing some business and I was asked to get a police record.
I understand that not all police stations does this so where should I go to apply for it, do I need to bring anything with me?
by Wellesley December 28, 2011
Thanks for your question, as I am sure others will find this information useful.
I had asked my friend, Rose, to do the research for me; Here (below) is her feedback:
Update: November 25, 2014
We were pointed to the following (latest) information by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) today. (In Writing).
Where applicable, it supersedes any and all information below. All monetary quotations are in Jamaican Dollars.
Procedure for Obtaining a Police Certificate In JamaicaRequirements:
- A valid passport
- Two (2) recent passport size photographs
(need not be signed)
- Tax Registration Number (TRN)
Three (3) types of services offered:
- Next Day Service -Eight Thousand Dollars ($8,000)
Note: Offered Only at Technical Services Division, 34 Duke Street, Kingston.
- Express Service- Five (5) Working Days-Six Thousand Dollars ($6,000)
- Normal Service- Twenty One (21) Working Days- Three Thousand Dollars ($3,000).
Fee MUST be paid at any Inland Revenue Department (Tax Office). The applicant will be issued with a receipt.
Take receipt, passport and passport size photographs to 34 Duke Street, Kingston, or to the following Sub-Sites:
- Summit Police Station– St. James
- Pampano Bay Police Station- St. Mary
- May Pen Police Station– Clarendon
The application form must be completed and taken in with the relevant document.
The applicants will be fingerprinted and interviewed.
Collect certificate on the date written on receipt
For Clarification You May Contact: -
Phone: 876-922-6214 or 876-922-3221 Fax:876-922-0125.
You should also visit their "Paid-Services" page at: http://www.jcf.gov.jm/paid-services
How to obtain a Police Record (Certificate) in Jamaica
Unfortunately I really cannot say that obtaining a Police Record in Jamaica is a cinch. What I can say though, is that the process is much easier than it was a year ago.
Before April of this year, the only place you could get this service on the island was at the Duke Street Police Station in Kingston. However in an effort to make the service more convenient to the public, you are now able to;
- Pay for the application at any Inland Revenue Department (Tax office), the fee is:
- JMD$2000.00 – to receive in seven (7) days or
- JMD$1000.00 for twenty-one (21) days
When applying, you will need to take two forms of government issued identification with you.
- The next step is to visit any of the following Police Station that is nearest you to have your fingerprints done and also to collect the record when it is read.
These locations are:
- Duke Street Police Station
Criminal Investigation Branch
Technical Service Division – 34 Duke Street,
1 (876) 922-3221
Monday to Friday - 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
- Summit Police Station – Montego Bay
1 (876) 940-0496
Tuesday to Thursday - 8:30am – 3:00pm
- May Pen Police Station – May Pen
1 (876) 902-9915
Tuesday to Thursday – 8:30am – 3:00pm
- Pompano Bay Police Station – St. Mary
Monday – Friday 8:30am – 3:00pm
At the end of all of this you will get a letter stating that “ The above mentioned person reported to this office requesting information regarding Police Record.
He/she was fingerprinted” and goes on to advised that a search was done in the records department and whether or not a conviction was found against you", signed by the Asst. Commissioner of Police for the Criminal Investigation Branch.
In order to collect the record though, you will need to take the receipt you got from the Inland Revenue Department along with the two forms of identification (IDs) used for the application.
Good Luck my friend.
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