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?

ANSWER: by Wellesley December 28, 2011

Hello there!

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 Jamaica


  1. A valid passport
  2. Two (2) recent passport size photographs
    (need not be signed)
  3. Tax Registration Number (TRN)

Three (3) types of services offered:

  1. Next Day Service -Eight Thousand Dollars ($8,000)

    Note: Offered Only at Technical Services Division, 34 Duke Street, Kingston.

  2. Express Service- Five (5) Working Days-Six Thousand Dollars ($6,000)

  3. 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:

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:

    1. 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

    2. Summit Police Station – Montego Bay
      St. James
      1 (876) 940-0496
      Tuesday to Thursday - 8:30am – 3:00pm

    3. May Pen Police Station – May Pen
      1 (876) 902-9915
      Tuesday to Thursday – 8:30am – 3:00pm

    4. Pompano Bay Police Station – St. Mary
      1(876) 975-5056
      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.

    Posted: 12/27/2011

    Good Luck my friend.

    See Also: The Jamaica Travel Guide.

Comments for How to obtain a Police Record in Jamaica

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Sep 04, 2015
From cayman
by: Grant

can I stay in the cayman island and get a police record?

And how?

Aug 26, 2015
Question, (another police record)
by: Anonymous

I received my police record in May 2015 I need another police record for a new transaction. Do I need to apply for a new record again or can I obtain a copy from the police record office

Aug 26, 2015
Time taken
by: Anonymous

I applied for my police record in April, paid for the 21 days service. The turn around was exactly 21 days no issue there. I also have friends who applied recently and they received theirs on the date given including express. What I did not like about the process was the actual submission of the application, it was very unpleasant and unprofessional. It took about 1.5hrs to hand in the application and finger print, which is not bad for a govt office, and the same just to collect the police record. I think that people that work at govt offices are hand picked for unprofessionalism and discourteous behaviour.
There is no number system so make sure you do not leave an empty chair between you and the person that is next when handing in the application, no signs so be sure to ask question every step of the process

Jul 24, 2015

It makes no sense whatsoever, my husband applied for his police certificate over a month, going on two and never receive an answer, he had to go in person to get the answer that he had a record from back in 1994/96, nothing serious. There's no point in calling because they will never answer the phone. He had to fill out some paper work and still he waits. For a country that seems to run by criminals, we have more rules and regulations that seems to serve no good purpose

Apr 27, 2015
Application form
by: Ann

How can I obtain a police record application form online

Apr 21, 2015
Police record
by: Anonymous

Applied for record was suppose to receive it in 21 days! It took 7 weeks and then the station told me I had received a local report and needed an international report for a visa. They had given me the wrong report. So I paid again to receive it in 5 days. Still waiting been 2 weeks. No report yet. Anyone else had this problem?

Mar 22, 2015
Getting my police record
by: Anonymous

I look about my police record over a month now it's been over 2 two weeks from the date I get to collect it on I still can't get my police record in hand why so long even if there's a offense is on it what different does it makes to keep my police record

Oct 10, 2014
by: Lisa

Hi if I have a records in 2009 of simple larceny will it affect my filling for the us?

Sep 29, 2014
police record
by: Novelette

Thanks for sharing this information

Aug 04, 2014
by: veronica

if i am unable to collect my police record myself and i want someone to collect it for me. apart from the receipt what other requirments does the other person need to collect it for me?

Editor's Note
Hi Veronica,

That person would just need to get the receipt from you, a permission letter from you and his or her ID. Those are the three items they would need.

Good luck.

Jun 16, 2014
Valid IDs
by: Sharick

Government issued IDs in Jamaica are:
1. Driver's License
2. Passport
3. National Voter's ID

Jun 16, 2014
photo required??
by: Anonymous

What of the photo requirements??

Mar 29, 2014
expiration of jamaican police record.
by: Anonymous

how long is a police record valid for?

Mar 26, 2014
how to obtain police record abroad
by: stephanie temple

I am living in Panamá and would like to know how i can obtain my police récord from here

Editors' Note
Hi Stephanie,
Here is a link that provide that information...

All the best!

Mar 26, 2014
how to obtain police record abroad
by: stephanie temple

I am living in Panamá and would like to know how i can obtain my police récord from here

Mar 26, 2014
how to obtain police record abroad
by: stephanie temple

I am living in Panamá and would like to know how i can obtain my police récord from here

Oct 09, 2013
Thank You
by: Wellesley

Thanks to all those who added to this thread- great information!

Aug 14, 2013
by: Anonymous

Thanks for your information !
What do you mean by 2 government issued ID ? Can you give me the examples. I know that driver licence is one of them but I don't have it . What could be the others? Thanks!

Jun 24, 2013
Rate Changes
by: Sharick

Hello there

As at June 1, 2013, the rates for obtaining a Police Record in Jamaica have been changed as follows:

Police Certificates: Regular (21 days) - $3,000.00

Police Certificates: Express (5 days) - $6,000.00

Police Certificates: Premium Service(One day) (Available at Duke Street only) - $8,000.00

May 29, 2013
police record in jamaica
by: Anonymous

hi guys thanks for the info it is so helpful but by the way is there any form (application form that we can download and send it to jamaica along with the requirements of we can just write a leeter to them... awaiting for your reply

Feb 19, 2013
Application from Outside of Jamaica
by: Anonymous

4. Certified copies of 2 Government issue IDs.

Feb 19, 2013
Application Outside of Jamaica
by: Anonymous

Hi Guys,

If you are applying from outside of you can ask a representative to submit the application for you along with the following items: -

1. A certified copy of your finger prints. You can get this by going to your local police station and asking them to finger print you, and certify it so that it is known to be yours.

2. You will also need your Taxpayers Registration Number (TRN)

3. 2 recent (no more than 6 months old) passport size photos.

Nov 02, 2012
by: Anonymous

if i apply for a police certficate in montego bay on a express of 7 days do i get the certificate mail to my address,,,i wanna know who can answer me letting me know of this if its like that...pllllzzzzzz some assistance ASAP.....

Oct 17, 2012
by: Anonymous

how long is the police record good for

Oct 17, 2012
by: Anonymous

how long is the police record good for

Oct 04, 2012
Thank you
by: New Mommy

Thank you very very much! Better info is here than on the gov pages! give thanks

Oct 01, 2012
by: Anonymous

hey so do the person get the police record from the police station what if the doing a police record for embassy purpose do the department send it to the embassy or the would have to deliver it by themselves????????????????????????/

Aug 03, 2012
If you live outside Jamaica
by: Anonymous

If you live outside Jamaica
You may apply in person or ask a representative to act on your behalf in Jamaica.
To obtain a police certificate, you or your representative can submit your application to:

Assistant Commissioner of Police
Criminal Investigation Branch
East Queen St.
P.O. Box 462
Kingston, Jamaica
Include with your application:

•If you are applying from Canada, submit your complete mailing address in Canada so that the police certificate may be mailed directly to you.
•Two photographs
•The applicable fees in the form of a manager’s cheque or a bank draft. Fees are $1000JMD (normal service) or $2000JMD (express 1 week service). Note that fees are subject to change.

Jun 07, 2012
Police Record
by: Anonymous

I am in another caribbean country and would like a police record from jamaica,how do i go about getting it

Jun 07, 2012
Police Record
by: Anonymous

I am in another country and would like a police record from jamaica,how do i go about get it.

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