Obtaining a Police Certificate of Character

A Certificate of Character is an official document issued by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service that states whether or not a person has a record of previous convictions in Trinidad or Tobago.

Who can apply?

Any person nine years old or older who has lived or is living in Trinidad and Tobago can apply for a Police Certificate of Character. 

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How do I apply?

If you are a citizen, or non-national living in Trinidad and Tobago, you can visit any police station in the country to make an application for a Certificate of Character.  A list of Police Station locations can be found using the link below.  Citizens must present a valid Trinidad and Tobago identification card, driver's permit or passport at the time of application.  Non-nationals must present a valid foreign passport.


If you are outside Trinidad and Tobago, you can apply through a representative in the country or by mail to the Police Service.  You must have your fingerprints recorded and certified by an authorised officer in the country in which you reside.  The fingerprint slip must be stamped with the authorised agency's seal.  You must attach a copy of your passport to the fingerprint slip, showing your photograph, passport number and expiration date, date of birth and signature.  All documents should then be sent either to a representative in Trinidad and Tobago or directly to Police Headquarters at the address below.


Office of the Senior Superintendent

Criminal Investigations Department and Criminal Records Office

Police Headquarters

Corner St. Vincent and Sackville Streets

Port of Spain

Trinidad, West Indies


Police Stations in Trinidad and Tobago

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What happens after an application is made?

All applications are sent to the Divisional Fingerprint Office for processing.


You or your representative can return to the station three (3) weeks after the application is made to collect the Police Certificate of Character.  If you have applied by mail from abroad, the Certificate will be mailed to you.

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How much does it cost?

A processing fee of TT$50.00 must be paid at the time an application is made.

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Where can I obtain more information?

For more information, please contact the Fingerprint Department at the Police Administration Building.  You may also contact the Fingerprint Section at any Divisional Headquarters.  Contact information for each Divisional Headquarters location can be obtained using the link below.


Fingerprint Department

Trinidad and Tobago Police Service

Police Administration Building

Corner of Sackville & Edward Streets
Port of Spain
Trinidad, West Indies

Tel. (868) 627-4140

Fax. (868) 623-2620


Office hours: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday, except public holidays


Police Stations in Trinidad and Tobago



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