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How to apply for the police clearance certificate (PCC) from the UK step by step guide?

Updated: Dec 12, 2023

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If you've lived or worked in India and are now residing in the UK, obtaining a Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) from India or (any other country) is a crucial step, often required for various purposes such as employment, immigration, or visa applications.

In this step-by-step guide, we'll walk you through the process of applying for an Indian PCC from the UK. Please read all of the information until the end to gain a better understanding and also I have included some common mistakes to be avoided in each step. So let's begin our step-by-step guide.


WHAT IS PCC AND WHY YOU NEED IT?


  • Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) is a legal document that shows whether you have any criminal records.

  • PCC is required for various reasons for people who want to migrate to the UK from their respective countries. It may be required for employment purposes as a pre-employment check, or for immigration or visa application purposes.

COMPLETE THE APPLICATION FORM ONLINE


STEP 1:

To get PCC, you need to fill out the online application form from Passport Seva UK.

You need to register yourself first.

For registration, you need to have these details.


police clearance certificate (PCC) registration
police clearance certificate (PCC) registration


TIP 1: Under Embassy/Consulate section, you have three options for UK - Birmingham/Edinburgh/London. Select the centre which is near to you. I made a mistake by selecting London and attending the Birmingham - Manchester VFS centre, which was rejected, and I had to restart the entire process. I know it was a silly mistake but I am mentioning it here so that you don't repeat the same mistake again.


TIP 2: Please make sure that you include all of your information as it appears on your passport in order for the process to go smoothly.


Once you registered, you will get an email verification to activate your account. After activating your account, you can login and begin filling the application form.


STEP 2:

Login in to your account and click on "Apply for Police Clearance Certificate".


Application for Police clearance certificate
Application for Police clearance certificate

After opening this, you need to complete filling details under 7 sections.

PASSPORT DETAILS

Purpose of PCC : Select as per your requirement

Region/country for which PCC is required : United Kingdom

Passport Number: Unique passport number from your passport.

Date of issue, date of expiry and place of issue

File number: It is 12 digit alphanumeric code situated at the bottom of your address page

APPLICANT DETAILS

FAMILY DETAILS

PRESENT RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS

OTHER DETAILS

PCC DETAILS

PCC DETAILS VERIFICATION

You need to print the application form. You can print it from the home page.


So that's how you apply for a police clearance certificate in the UK or any other country. My next blog will cover how to schedule an appointment at the VFS office to have your PCC completed. If you enjoyed this post, please like, and subscribe for more step-by-step instructions like this one. If have any queries, please do comment in comment section.

Thank you for staying till here.


EXTRA INFORMATION

  • You need police clearance certificate from all the countries where you lived for more than 6 months in the past 10 years after the age of 18.

  • Overseas police verification is only valid for 1 year.

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