Certificate of Character

What is a Certificate of Character?

A Certificate of Character is an official document issued by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service which states whether a person has any previous convictions recorded against him/her.

Who may apply for a Certificate of Character?

A citizen of Trinidad and Tobago or of any foreign country who previously lived in Trinidad and Tobago may apply for a Certificate of Character.

How do I apply for a Certificate of Character?

go to the police station in your district with a valid Trinidad and Tobago identification card, driver's permit or passport (foreigners can use his/her valid passport)

pay a fee of fifty TT dollars (TT$50.00)

your fingerprints will be recorded

the applicant will be issued an official receipt

How soon will I have my Certificate of Character?

An applicant or his/ her representative should return to their district Police Station with their official receipt five (5) working days after the application was made to collect the Certificate of Character.

It is advisable that he/ she telephone the respective Police Station to ascertain whether the document has been processed.

Foreign residents will be required to:

have their fingerprints recorded at a Police Station in whatever country they reside

if the fingerprints are not taken in a Police Station then have fingerprint slip certified by an authorized Notary Public and have the Notary Public's stamp affixed

supply a copy of their passport showing the applicant's photograph, passport number, date of birth and signature

send a money order equivalent to fifty TT dollars (TT$50.00) and the cost of return postage

send by registered mail the above documents to:
Office of the Senior Superintendent,
Criminal Investigations Department and Criminal Records Office,
Police Headquarters,
Cor. St. Vincent and Sackville Streets,
Port of Spain,
Trinidad and Tobago,
West Indies.

The officer of the Senior Superintendent CID/CRO shall cause the completed Certificate of Character to be returned to its origin by Registered Mail within three (3) days of receipt.

NB: Any further Clarification please call 627-3761



Police Administration Building

Corner Edward and Sackville Streets

Port of Spain, Trinidad, West Indies.