In some cases, visa applicants and travellers are to produce a Police Clearance Certificate to certify that they have no criminal records in their country. This is mostly required by persons applying to stay in a country for a longer period or permanently.
If the application requires a Police Report, the embassy or office handling the application will notify the applicant to obtain one.
In Ghana, the Police Clearance Certificate, which is popularly known as Police Report, is issued by the Ghana Police Service.
How to get Police Clearance Certificate in Ghana
The Police Report is issued at the Police Headquarters in Accra, but application for it can be made at any of the regional headquarters of the Police Service in Ghana. It takes 10 working days for authorities to issue the report. Persons applying outside Accra may experience some delays as applications are not immediately sent to Accra for processing.
Cost of Police Clearance Certificate in Ghana
The last arrival date in Ghana determines whether an applicant is considered resident or non-resident. If the last arrival date is beyond 3 months, one is considered resident and pays GHC120.
If the last arrival date is less than 3months at the time of application, the applicant is considered as a non-resident, so he/she has to pay $120 USD.
Police Clearance Certificate Requirement
Valid international travel passport, two red-background passport photographs (The Headquarters in Accra provides pictures as part of the fees).
Sample of Ghana Police Clearance Certificate
See featured image above.
Ghana Police Report Form
The police report form is completed during the application at the Police Headquarters. It is provided to applicants after payment of fees.
Validity of Ghana Police Clearance Certificate
Police Report is valid for six months from the date of issue. The certificate is not renewable. A new certificate has to be applied for in case of expiry.
Can someone apply on my behalf?
-No, if you are in Ghana because one needs to apply in person.
-Yes, if you are non-resident. In this case, it attracts a fee of $120 USD. Furthermore, the one applying on behalf of the non-resident applicant must provide his passport picture and personal details.