June 26, 2020
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When Do You Need to Apply for a Judicial Record Certificate?

There are many reasons why a foreigner may need to request a judicial record certificate in Vietnam. But it usually has something to do with applying for a work permit. For instance, if a foreigner needs to apply for a job and the company would like a proof that they have not committed any crime while living in Vietnam, then the judicial record certificate is the best document for this.

Foreigners who are applying for judicial record certificates for a work permit application in Vietnam has two cases. First, this applies to foreigners who are living in Vietnam for at least 6 months and would need to have a criminal record that they can use in their own country. But since the laws would vary from one country to another, the judicial record certificate might turn out different.

For foreigners who need to use a judicial record certificate that was issued in a different country, the certificate must be translated to the Vietnamese language. Only then will it be accepted for a work permit application in Vietnam. It has to be translated, notarized, and legalized according to the laws of Vietnam and this can be done through a Vietnam-based law firm.

In another case, this applies to foreigners who have lived in Vietnam for more than 6 months. They are also eligible to apply for a judicial record certificate. The judicial record certificate can be applied from the Dept. of Justice of the province where the foreigner resides.

If they cannot apply in person, they can authorize another party to process it on their behalf, but they need to provide the power of attorney. The person can also claim the judicial record certificate on their behalf. Another option for foreigners outside Vietnam is to apply online or through the post.


Also known as the police clearance certificate, the judicial record certificate can be obtained in three different ways. You can either: Go directly to the National Center for Criminal Records or the Ministry of Justice of Vietnam to apply in person.

The judicial record certificate is legal proof of an individual’s criminal convictions in Vietnam. These are based on the criminal decisions and judgments made by the court.

Here’s how to obtain a judicial record certificate in Vietnam: Foreigners who have been residing in Vietnam for the past six months can request for the certificate directly from the Provincial Justice Dept. of where they reside.

When applying for the judicial record certificate in Vietnam, there are requirements that you need to submit. These include the following: Declaration form requesting for the issuance of judicial record certificate.