Criminal Record

Criminal Record in Panama – Certificate of good conduct

The government  emits the panama police clearance certificate or criminal record for both nationals and foreigners who have lived in Panama.

This criminal background check  is for the whole country, not as in other countries where different backgrounds certificates are awarded by provinces, Panama is different, here is one for the whole country covering all provinces.

As nationals are in the country it’s easier for them to get it.

Panama Police Clearance Certificate or Criminal Record  for foreigners who have lived in Panama

This article is especially for foreigners who have lived in Panama and need to obtain their police clearance certificate or  criminal record , to carry out any immigration or work procedure abroad.

While outside the country, the only way that a foreigner can obtain the Panama criminal record certificate is through a lawyer


Requirements to Request a Criminal Record Certificate:

Copy of the passport scanned and sent to our email.



The  criminal record or police clearance certificate is processed in two institutions in the country.

After this we will proceed to send you the original document by courier (we usually work with DHL).




The time it takes to request this certificate of good conduct or criminal record is 3 to 7 business days.

It is important that the client clarifies the purposes for which the criminal record certificate is required abroad if it is for immigration or work reasons.


Expiration of the panama police clearance certificate


Once it is requested, it has an expiration time of 90 business days, so it is advisable to send it through a courier system as soon as possible, so that it arrives in 2 or 3 days at the destination country and the corresponding procedures.



The Content of the Certificate


It contains the following:


At its head the title of Republic, Ministry of Public Security, then underneath the entity that issues it, which is the Directorate of Judicial Investigation.

Of course it contains the information on whether the person has a criminal record or not in the Republic of Panama.

Then who is concerned

The name of the person to whom the certificate is issued, indicating that he has not been punished for any crime.

At the end, there is usually the signature of a Commissioner representing the Directorate of Judicial Investigation.


The Apostille


The police records that will be used in other countries must necessarily carry the apostille because it is precisely the apostille that gives validity to all international documents, which is why it is clarified that there are two types of police records.


Police record without apostille: It is one that will be used within the national territory and is for labor, immigration or judicial purposes.

Police record for international use: This is the one that bears the apostille and is the one that will be used outside of Panama.

Panama is part of the Hague Convention, like many other countries around the world, and all of these countries recognize the apostille for international documents.


Countries that are not registered in this agreement also recognize legalization instead of apostille.


Therefore, all documents that go abroad must go through the Foreign Ministry in Panama either for apostille or for legalization.


There are countries like Canada, for example, that are not part of this agreement, but all the documents that leave Panama for this country must be legalized at the Foreign Ministry.


What happens when a document like the police record goes to another country without the apostille?


The country that receives it automatically does not recognize it and rejects it and the person has to do the procedure again in Panama.


The Passport Theme


To request the police record it is important that the passport is up to date and not expired, the authorities in Panama do not accept expired passports to process this important document.


Some Questions Customers Ask


I was only in Panama for 2 months, will I appear in the System? Will Panama give me the police record?

Answer: yes, as soon as one person enters the country, they are automatically entered into the system and with only two months of having lived in the country, this document is recognized.

Do you do all the paperwork and send the document to another country?

Answer: Yes, we do all the procedure and send you the apostilled document via Courier

How long does all the work take?

It takes us between 3-7 business days plus the shipping time by Courier

Is the service guaranteed? Do you really get the document?

It is 100% guaranteed, we have never had problems and we will send you the document, if not you will get your money back.


Right now I have an emergency and I need the police record as soon as possible. Could you speed up the procedures?

Yes, we can take the client’s situation into consideration and process everything as soon as possible.