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A Police Clearance Certificate or ‘Police Certificate’ is issued by the Department of Justice (DOJ) California, to furnish state summary criminal history information to any individual who is the subject of the record requested if needed in conjunction with an application to enter the United States or any foreign nation. In California, the criminal record information is maintained at the Department of Justice (DOJ), Bureau of Investigation. PCC Certifying that the applicant has never partaken in any criminal activity that led to the involvement of the (California Police Force).Person applying for Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) are required to state the period of stay in California. Documentary proof of stay is to be provided. First Entry and Last Exit date STAMP is also required. All pages of VISA (Colour Copy). It is issued to any individual who reside more than 6 months in California.

Procedure of Getting Police Clearance Certificate

In order to obtain a police clearance certificate from California. You should send a written disclosure request to the Department of Justice (DOJ), Bureau of Investigation. The Department of Justice (DOJ), Bureau of Investigation coordinates with immigration police, security police for obtaining police clearance certificate. All the supporting documents must be certified, shall only be considered by the consular Office. You have to fill the prescribed application form in all sections completed in BLOCK CAPITALS with black ink. Obtained a complete set of 10 fingerprint impressions* taken by a qualified fingerprint officer at our lab on FD 258 Fingerprint Card. The original of the fingerprints must be posted with your completed application form. We will prepare some documents which need you to sign and send us. The applicant should furnish his or her full name, date and place of birth, and place and period of all residences in California, including full addresses. Applicant must apply with the Completed Application Form (Personal Particular) provided at our Organization for Police Clearance Certificate. The certificate will be posted to the forwarding address as indicated by the applicants in the application.

Documents required for Police Clearance Certificate

  1. Completed application form.
  2. Fingerprints Impressions on FD-258 Card.
  3. Three recent passport size photographs (without wearing spectacles or Cap).
  4. Self-Attested colored scanned/photocopies of your passports (current & old) and another Identity document.(email:
  5. Social security number (if any).
  6. Proof of residence in California State (if any).
  7. The purpose for PCC (Immigration Authority Letter) or Letter stating the reasons for PCC.

Processing Time

We will give the original certificate in 25 working days under normal mode of processing. (The processing time will increases if a person was ever charged by the police)

Processing Fee

Applicable Fee

Payment is non-refundable once the application is processed.

Police Certificate Issuing Authority

California Department of Justice Bureau of Investigation

Address of Embassy in India

U.S. Embassy, Consular Section,

Shantipath, Chanakyapuri

New Delhi – 110021

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