Certificate of Character


A Certificate of Character is an official document issued by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service which states whether a person has any previous convictions recorded against him/her.

A citizen of Trinidad and Tobago or of any foreign country who previously lived in Trinidad and Tobago may apply for a Certificate of Character.

  • go to the police station in your district with a valid Trinidad and Tobago identification card, driver's permit or passport (foreigners can use his/her valid passport)
  • pay a fee of fifty TT dollars (TT$50.00)
  • your fingerprints will be recorded
  • the applicant will be issued an official receipt

An applicant or his/ her representative should return to their district Police Station with their official receipt five (5) working days after the application was made to collect the Certificate of Character. It is advisable that he/ she telephone the respective Police Station to ascertain whether the document has been processed.

  • have their fingerprints recorded at a Police Station in whatever country they reside
  • if the fingerprints are not taken in a Police Station then have fingerprint slip certified by an authorized Notary Public and have the Notary Public's stamp affixed
  • supply a copy of their passport showing the applicant's photograph, passport number, date of birth and signature
  • send a money order equivalent to fifty TT dollars (TT$50.00) and the cost of return postage
  • send by registered mail the above documents to:

Office of the Senior Superintendent
Criminal Investigations Department and Criminal Records Office
Police Headquarters
Cor. St. Vincent and Sackville Streets
Port of Spain
Trinidad and Tobago
West Indies

The officer of the Senior Superintendent CID/CRO shall cause the completed Certificate of Character to be returned to its origin by Registered Mail within three (3) days of receipt.

NB: Any further Clarification please call 627-3761