Italian Police Clearance Certificate

Italian Police Clearance Certificate

We can obtain your Police Clearance Certificate (Certificato del Casellario Giudiziale) within 24 hours from the request. We will send you a scanned copy of the certificate as soon as we collect it. We can also send the original to your address by express courier, which you will receive within 24/48 hours. Please send an email to crc@vademecumitalia.com or a message via whatsapp (+39 3270037470) and we will send you a quote for collecting your certificate.

Police Clearance Certificate (aka Criminal Record Certificate): Certificato Generale del Casellario Giudiziale and Certificato Penale del Casellario Giudiziale do not exist anymore!

If I am requested to provide the Certificato Generale del Casellario Giudiziale or the Certificato Penale del Casellario Giudiziale (commonly know in English as the Criminal Record Certificate or Police Clearance Certificate) what should I do then?

Well, the correct answer is that you will provide the new certificate which is called the “Certificato del Casellario Giudiziale”.

Let’s start from the beginning.

In some cases you may be required to prove that you have not been convicted of any criminal offense while you were living in Italy or just because you are an Italian citizen.

You could receive this request from the Immigration Office of the country where you would like to move to (for example it is required if you want to move to the USA, Australia, or Spain etc.). Moreover, many employers request that their soon-to-be employees prove that they have not been convicted of any crimes during their stay in Italy or because they are Italian citizens. The certificate is often required for visas, legal purposes, citizenship applications, voting rights, political reasons etc.

This kind of certificate is commonly known in English as the Criminal Record Certificate (CRC) or Police Clearance Certificate (PCC), Police Certificate or Background Check.

So, you start searching online and you discover that you can prove that you have not been convicted of any crime in Italy with a specific certificate called the Certificato Generale del Casellario Giudiziale or the Certificato Penale del Casellario Giudiziale, which are issued by an Office called Procura della Repubblica (Public Prosecutor’s Office).

Then, you try to understand how you can collect this certificate from the Italian Office (Procura della Repubblica), but you immediately realize that it is complicated if you do not speak Italian, you do not know which city you should request it from, you are not used to filling out forms in Italian, and you do not know how to pay the relative taxes. Even if you manage to send a request, hoping that it will be correct and complete, it will probably take weeks, if not months, before you receive an answer from the Office. Therefore, you decide to look for someone who can collect it for you for a reasonable cost.

You find the company that you want to hire for this service (we hope it is Vademecum Italia!),and you ask them to collect your Certificato Generale del Casellario Giudiziale or your Certificato Penale del Casellario Giudiziale, depending on your case, because these are the instructions you received from the immigration office or your employer.

Now, the news is that there has been a significant change at a national level and the kinds of certificates have been reduced into one certificate only which is now called the Certificato del Casellario Giudiziale. Therefore, the Certificato Generale and the Certificato Penale do not exist anymore, and it is only possible to request the Certificato del Casellario Giudiziale, which is the one you need if you want to prove that you have not been convicted of any crime in Italy.

This is what the new certificate called Certificato del Casellario Giudiziale looks like

Short form

Long form

Now, please note that some governments that request the GENERALE or PENALE certificate for immigration purposes may not be aware of this change yet. However, they will need to accept this new certificate because the Procure della Repubblica are now issuing this new certificate instead of the old GENERALE and PENALE certificates.

This new Criminal Record Certificate (Police Clearance Certificate) can be requested from the Public Prosecutor’s Office at the Courthouse in Rome, because there is a national database, so yo do not need to request it from the Procura of the city where you were born or you lived. It is valid for six months from the date of issue, and has the same cost as the old ones. In fact, fees to be paid at the Procura della Repubblica for the certificate amount to:

  • € 3.87 certificate fee
  • € 16 stamps
  • € 3.87 urgency fee (if you want to collect your certificate immediately)

Therefore, if you want to go on your own to the Procura della Repubblica and collect your certificate the same or the following day of the request you will have to pay € 23.74.

You can request this certificate even if you are not Italian, were born abroad and if you formally reside abroad.

If you need help in requesting your certificate in an easy and fast way, please send an email to crc@vademecumitalia.com or a message via whatsapp (+39 3270037470) and we will send you a quote for collecting your certificate.

We can obtain your Certificato del Casellario Giudiziale within 24 hours from the request. We will send you a scanned copy of the certificate as soon as we collect it. We can also send the original to your address by express courier, which you will receive within 24/48 hours.

Certificate of pending proceedings (Certificato dei carichi pendenti)

In some cases, you could also be required to provide the Certificato dei carichi pendenti (in English it is translated as certificate of pending proceedings or of outstanding criminal proceedings or of pending charges or similar) . This certificate shows if you have pending proceedings (not yet definitive judgments). Taxes for this certificate are the same as for the other certificate and also its validity is the same.

This is what a Certificato dei Carichi Pendenti looks like

Use of the certificate abroad

The certificates are issued by the Procura della Repubblica and, therefore, they can only be issued in Italian, which is the only official language of the Country. However, it is then possible to have the certificates officially translated (sworn translation) and add the Apostille (if the country of destination of the document is part of the Hague Convention), or the legalization, if you need them (except for Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Latvia where is not needed).

Please note that we can collect your certificate within 24 hours from your request, and then request the Apostille or the Consulate Legalization for your certificate, if you need them, so it will be considered legally valid in foreign countries. We can also make a sworn translation into any language of your certificate.

If you need help in requesting your certificate in an easy and fast way, with or without the Apostille/legalization or sworn translation, please send an email to crc@vademecumitalia.com or a message via whatsapp (+39 3270037470) and we will send you a quote for the service.

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