Requesting Police Certificates From Mexico

In your application for temporary or permanent residence in Canada, it’s typical to be asked to provide police certificates.

The police certificate is proof that the applicant is of sound character and has never been involved in any criminal activity that led to the involvement of the Federal Police Mexico. 

Police clearance certificates, also called Constancia de datos registrales are issued by the immigration section, Mexico for immigration and visa application.

These certificates are demanded from applicants who have lived in Mexico for at least six consecutive months and have reached 18 years of age.

When requesting police certificates from Mexico, you may be asked to state your period of stay and documentary proof of your stay. 

Follow us as we discuss the procedures for getting a clearance certificate, the processing times, and the requirements. 

Procedure For Getting Police Certificates From Mexico

As an applicant for residency in Canada from Mexico, you may need to provide certain certificates. These include;

  • The Procuraduría General de la República (PGR) certificate 
  • The Secretaría de Seguridad Pública (SPP) certificate

The steps below will direct you if you are applying in Mexico (in person) or overseas through a representative. 

1. Applying In Mexico

  • You will have to get an instruction letter from Attorney General’s Office (FGR). This contains instructions on how to get a police certificate and is usually issued immediately.
  • After you have received the instructions letter, send an email to the visa office in Mexico for an official letter. E-mail address:
  • Once you’ve received an official letter, visit the respective FGR office closest to you to apply for a police certificate.
  • Make sure you carry the required copy of documents alongside their originals to avoid complications or delays.  
  • You may be required to pay for some charges. Do well to comply.
  • This application will be processed by the respective department and you can collect your certificate from the office where you applied upon notification or issued as per norms.
  • For more information and direction, please call the following numbers. Telephone: (55) 3686 – 5100/Attention to citizens: (55) 3686 – 5581.

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2. Applying Overseas Through A Representative

  • You can appoint a power of attorney to apply in person.
  • Your representative will help you get the instruction letter from Attorney General’s Office (FGR). The letter will be issued immediately.
  • After he has received the letter, he can send an email to the visa office in Mexico for an official letter. E-mail address:
  • Once he receives the official letter, he should proceed to the respective FGR office closest to you to apply for a police certificate.
  • Your representative should endeavor to come with copies of the required documents alongside their originals.  
  • Pay any processing fees that might be asked
  • This application will be processed by the respective department he can collect the certificate from the office where he applied in person upon notification or issued as per norms.
  • Your representative must bring his Identity card, birth certificate, Power of Attorney, and all your original documents that are needed when he applies for the police certificates on your behalf.
  • For more information, call any of the following numbers to get further details. Telephone: (55) 3686 – 5100/Attention to citizens: (55) 3686 – 5581

Required Documents For Requesting Police Certificates From Mexico

Country Specific

  • Proof of citizenship
  • Means of identification such as driving license, passport, voter’s card, etc.
  • Birth Certificate 
  • Residence proof
  • Applicable fees

Foreign National

  • A copy of your passport while living in Mexico.
  • Mexico’s Multiple Immigration Form (FMM) or Mexican visa (FM1/FM2/FM3).
  • Copies of your passport page with your Mexico visa or of the document with your address in Mexico
  • A copy of your permit of stay in Mexico, passport number, and place of issue as well.

Generally, you require the following documents;

  • Application form
  • Valid passport 
  • Valid citizen proof 
  • Passport size photographs
  • Birth certificate 
  • Valid contact number 
  • Letter of authorization, also stating the address to which the certificate must be sent.
  • An official document that states the purpose of your application,
  • Proofs of legal stay (copy of passport held during the said period with respective stamp and seal)
  • Email ID (useful to communicate issues with respect to your application.
  • Self-addressed return Registered or Express Envelope


To qualify, you must;

  • Be above 16 years of age above. In the case of minors, the application must be submitted by the parent exercising parental authority.
  • Have a valid passport and valid address proof
  • Your current address must tally with that in your passport and other supporting documents.
  • You must be in need of residential status, employment, or a long-term visa or for immigration to a foreign nation.


  • 172 Mexican pesos.
  • Charges for stamps and other requirements vary.  


  • The police certificates are valid for 12 months from the date of issuance.

Processing Times

  • Processing of the application takes about 10 days to complete
  • It will take an average of 3 weeks if there are any corrections or clarifications. 
  • Processing time varies from country to country

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Needs A Police Certificate in Mexico?

If you have resided in Mexico for more than six months (Mexican or a foreigner) and are over the age of 18, you will need to obtain this certificate. 

Where Can I Get My Fingerprints Done In Mexico?

You can get your fingerprints at a police station. They will take your fingerprints and then stamp/sign the card.

How Powerful Is A Mexican Passport?

In terms of freedom of movement, Mexico’s passport is ranked 25th. With an eVisa, Mexican passport holders can travel visa-free and get a visa on arrival to over 150 countries in the world.

What Is Police Clearance Certificate Used For?

Police clearance certificates are used to prove if an individual has had any convictions and verify current criminal status. 


Requesting police certificates from Mexico is pretty much a straightforward process. However, ensure that you meet the requirements and have all the necessary documents to avoid complicating and delaying the process. 

For further inquiries, you can visit the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website. 

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