I still have several leave days remaining so last Sunday I decided to secure a police clearance certificate here in the U.A.E. I browsed the internet for some basic knowledge on how to go about the process. I have learned that Police Clearance Certificate is also known as Good Conduct Certificate here in the U.A.E. I thought it was going to be a tedious process but lo and behold, it only took exactly five minutes to apply. The travel time and photocopying of my docs took more time than the application itself. Perhaps it helped that hubby and I arrived at a quarter to eight in the morning. 🙂 Or maybe not.
Anyway, their official website is quite understandable. The requirements a person has to bring are the following:
- Original Passport with copy
- Visa with copy
- 2 pcs. 4x6cm-sized coloured photograph (although I was only asked for 1 pc. photo)
- Valid Emirates ID (no copy required but it would not hurt to bring one with you)
- Fee: 210 Dirhams (around USD 57) for expats
Once you have all the documents required, just go to the Dubai Police General Headquarters near Al Mulla Plaza. Actually, once you exit Al Qiyadah Metro Station, the police station is very visible. The personnel are helpful and courteous and they have more than ten counters to cater to the general public. Just get your queue number and wait for it to be called then present all your documents plus the fee. A receipt voucher with original signature will be given to you to present during the specified date to claim your clearance certificate. In my case, it only took two days to process.
Just bear in mind that expats must have at least completed six months of their visa and the Good Conduct Certificate is only valid for three (3) months from the date of issue. There is no need for fingerprinting if you have a valid Emirates ID. Dubai Police Headquarters are open from 7:30am until 2:30pm.
Well, I hope this has been informative. Thanks for reading.
[Photo courtesy of Google search engine. It shows a sample of the newest Dubai Police app for Android phones.]