How to Obtain a Criminal Record Certificate in Spain

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What is it?

A Criminal Record Certificate, or “Certificado de Antecedentes Penales,” is an official document issued by the Spanish Ministry of Justice. It details whether an individual has a criminal record in Spain.

Who needs it?

This certificate is generally required for individuals who have lived in Spain and need to provide evidence of their criminal record status for various purposes like immigration, employment, or legal procedures.


  1. Gather Required Documents:
    • Valid ID or Passport.
    • Proof of Address (like a utility bill).
  2. Fill Out Application Forms:
    • Download and complete the relevant forms from the Spanish Ministry of Justice website.
  3. Pay the Fee:
    • The fee associated with the certificate can be paid online or at designated banks.
    • Check the official Spanish Ministry of Justice website for current fees and payment methods.
  4. Submit Application:
    • Applications can be submitted online, in person, or by post.
    • Online submissions require a digital certificate.
  5. Receive the Certificate:
    • Processing times may vary. Typically, certificates can be received in a few days to a couple of weeks.
    • Options for receiving the certificate include mail or picking it up in person.

Required Documents

  • Valid ID or Passport: You can obtain or renew your passport via your country’s embassies or consular services.
  • Proof of Address: A utility bill, rental contract, or similar document showing your address.

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Additional details

  • Online Requests:
  • In-person Requests:
    • Visit local offices of the Ministry of Justice in Spain.
  • Foreign Nationals:
    • Contact the Spanish Embassy or Consulate in your current country for more details about applying from abroad.


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