Police Clearance

U.S. Police Clearances

The Government of Kuwait requires that all non-Kuwaiti citizens applying for Kuwaiti residency provide a police clearance certificate from their home country.  Individuals should obtain the needed documents prior to their arrival in Kuwait.  The U.S. Embassy in Kuwait cannot provide individuals with a U.S. police clearance and cannot provide authentication services for the police clearance.  In order to use a U.S. issued document in Kuwait, authentications must be completed in the United States.

Where to obtain a U.S. police clearance:

To obtain a Federal clearance, you must contact the FBI.  Please follow the link for further information:

http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/identity-history-summary-checks

Where to Obtain Fingerprints in Kuwait:

To obtain fingerprints in Kuwait, please visit the Department of Personal Identification and Automated Search, General Department of Criminal Evidence, Ministry of Interior located in the Farwaniya-Dhajeej area, Airport Road 55, opposite the Kuwait Airways main building (phone: 2434-6101, fax: 2434-5790).

Each applicant must provide the following:

  • A letter from the local sponsor or requesting entity*
  • One recent front-view color photograph
  • Passport and one photocopy
  • Kuwaiti Civil Identification Card and one photocopy

*U.S. citizens and other individuals seeking fingerprints should obtain a letter of request from his or her local sponsor, or if seeking employment in another country, contact the corresponding embassy.  The U.S. Embassy in Kuwait does not issue letters of request for private U.S. citizens.

Kuwait Police Clearances

At times, U.S. citizens may need to obtain a police clearance from Kuwait.  Please note that the U.S. Embassy does not intervene in this process and does not issue letters of request for private U.S. citizens.  Once the Kuwait police clearance has been obtained, the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait can authenticate the signature/seal from the Kuwait Ministry of Foreign Affairs if the document will be used in the U.S.  Please see the notary services guidance for information.  For use in other countries, please contact the appropriate embassy.

Where to obtain a police clearance in Kuwait:

Available only to those residing in Kuwait; age 18 and above must get the police clearance certificate if they resided in country for 6 months or more.

A police certificate, or “Good Conduct Certificate,” can be obtained from the Ministry of Interior, General Department for Criminal Evidence, Department of Identification and Automated Search located in the Farwaniya-Dhajeej area, Airport Road 55, opposite the Kuwait Airways main building (phone: 2434-6101, fax: 2434-5790).

Each applicant must provide the following:

  • A letter from the local sponsor or requesting entity*
  • One recent front-view color photograph
  • Passport and one photocopy
  • Kuwaiti Civil Identification Card and one photocopy

* U.S. citizens and other individuals seeking Kuwait police clearances should obtain a letter of request from his/her local sponsor, or if seeking employment in another country, contact the corresponding embassy. The U.S. Embassy in Kuwait does not issue letters of request for private U.S. citizens.