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Applicants over 16 years of age must present a certificate from the appropriate police authorities to receive an immigrant visa. This certificate should provide any information contained in police files concerning the applicant.
Police certificates must be obtained from the country of nationality, the country of present residence if the applicant has resided there for six months or more, and all countries where the applicant resided for one year or more. For K visa applicants, police certificates are required from your present country of residence and all countries where you have lived for 6 months or more since age 16. Police certificates are also required for accompanying children age 16 or older.
Generally, applications for police certificates should be made directly to police authorities in the district where you, the applicant, resided. For some countries, the applicant must be physically present to submit a records request. In such cases, you may not be required to submit a police certificate for that country unless you are able to submit such a request in person.
Country-specific information with respect to police certificates is available on the State Department’s Visa Reciprocity and Country Documents Finder Visa Reciprocity and Country Documents Finder website.
Note: Police certificates from the U.S. are not necessary for visa application purposes.
Applicants living in Tokyo should apply at the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Headquarters ("keishi cho"). For information in Japanese, call (03) 3581-4321 extension 58114/58115.
Applicants living outside of Tokyo should apply at the Prefectural Police Headquarters ("ken keisatsu honbu").
Applicants in Tokyo must be fingerprinted at the Headquarters between Monday - Friday, 08:30 - 11:30 and 13:00 - 17:00. The police certificate will be issued in duplicate, both in English and Japanese, within two weeks for no fee. Applicants residing outside of Japan must apply for a Japanese police certificate at the nearest Japanese consulate.
To request a police certificate, Japanese applicants will need:
- An official copy of your Resident Record/ "Juminhyo"(issued within the last six months)
- A document issued by the government or other official offices that shows your name and address(e.g. Alien Registration Certificate, Resident Register Card /"Jumin Kihondaicho Card" and etc.)
To request a police certificate, foreign applicants will need:
- An official copy of your Residence Record/ "Juminhyo"(issued within the last six months)
- A document issued by the government or other official offices that shows your name and address(e.g. Residence Card/"Zairyu Card", Special Permanent Resident Certificate/ "Tokubetsu eijyusha shomeisho", driver's license, US Forces ID Card, and etc.)
Note: Japanese Police Certificates are sealed. If the seal is broken, the certificate is no longer valid. Do not open the certificate prior to submission to the Embassy/Consulate.
U.S. Forces Japan Applicants:
If you have lived on base for six months or more, you must submit an on-base security clearance as well as a Japanese police certificate, each covering the period from the applicant's 16th birthday. Some USFJ security offices may provide clearances covering both on-base and local Japanese police records. Other offices may cover on-base matters only and the applicant must also obtain the Japanese police certificate. Please consult the base security offices with specific questions.
If you need to obtain a police certificate from a foreign country and fingerprints are required by the police authority of that country, the Visa Branch of the U.S. Embassy may take fingerprints without a fee. Fingerprint service is available at the Visa Branch of U.S. Embassy Tokyo on Fridays (excluding U.S. and Japanese holidays) from 14:00-15:30. Appointments are not required.
Information on fingerprints for other purposes is available on Fingerprinting page.