Police clearance certificate from Thailand
Residents and non-residents: Apply in person or by post to the address above.
Non-resident citizens will need to provide the above documents and two full sets of fingerprints and two photographs (1 or 2 inch size).
All copies of documents must be certified.
Processing time: approximately seven working days.
Fingerprints must be taken at a local police station or Thai consulate or embassy in your country of residence.
In Australia you may need to contact the relevant state police authority or the Australian Federal Police to obtain fingerprints as local police stations may not be able to provide inked copies.
Non-residents: If you require the certificate to be returned by post, please include a self addressed envelope with the postage fee (equivalent to five international postage vouchers which can be purchased at the local office).
Note: we recommend you check the website of your nearest Thai embassy or consulate as requirements for obtaining Thai police certificates may vary between countries.
Police Clearance Service Centre
1st Floor (Building 24)
Royal Thai Police Headquarters
Monday to Friday from 08:00–16:30 hours (no lunch break).
The centre is closed on public holidays.
Depending on your Australian visa application type and your personal circumstances, you may be required to provide a police clearance certificate with your Australian visa application so that the Australian Government can determine whether you are of good character.
If you are required to provide a police clearance certificate, you must obtain the certificates from all the countries you have lived for 12 months or more cumulatively during the last 10 years.
Police clearance certificates are also known as a penal clearance certificate or Certificate of Criminal Record in some countries. Unless otherwise requested by the Department of Home Affairs (www.homeaffairs.gov.au), police clearance certificates are not required for persons under the age of 16 years.
Character requirements for an Australian Visa
If you want to enter Australia with a visa, you must be of good character and you will be assessed against the character requirements for the type of Australian visa you will be applying. As part of your Australian visa application, you might be required to provide a police clearance certificate (from each country where you have stayed for 12 months or more in the last 10 years) or other suitable evidence to satisfy the character requirements.
Under Section 501 of the Migration Act 1958, the Minister for Immigration or the Australian Department of Home Affairs (www.homeaffairs.gov.au) can refuse or cancel your visa, if you do not meet the character requirements.
Character test to get an Australian visa
You will not pass the character test for an Australian visa if:
When is a police clearance certificate required?
If you are over the age of 16 and have lived in any of the countries for a total of one year or more in the last 10 years, you must get a Police clearance certificate from that country.
How long my police clearance certificate is valid?
For Australian immigration purposes a police clearance certificate is deemed to be valid for 12 months from the issue date.
How can you get a police clearance certificate?
For instructions on obtaining a certificate from an overseas government or law enforcement authority, refer to the relevant country information.
If you are required to provide an Australian police clearance certificate because you have spent more than 12 months in Australia within the last 10 years, you must complete the Australian Federal Police (AFP) National Police Check application form which is available from the AFP website: