Police Check Documents: Issuing bodies and attestation process
Some of the countries we provide attestation for such as the UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia or Kuwait, require that our clients have Police Check Documents produced and attested. There are various issuing bodies who provide police check documents, as follows:
- ACPO Criminals Records Office (ACRO).
These certificates are always issued with a signature from an official from the issuing body, so they can be submitted directly to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) without the need for any certification from a Solicitor. ACPO stands for Association of Chief Police Officers.
- Disclosure Scotland
In this case, the certificates are usually issued without being signed and stamped by the issuing body, therefore they cannot be submitted straight to the FCO. For the process to be completed, we would send the certificate back to Disclosure Scotland and have this signed and stamped on our clients behalf, which we can have done in 2 working days.
- Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
Same as the certificates issued by Disclosure Scotland, these documents are delivered without a signature thus they cannot be submitted to the FCO without being first certified by a Solicitor. The certification must be completed by our client with a Solicitor before we receive the certificate, and that has to be carried out on the original document. The client has to declare that it is an original certificate and the Solicitor must certify it, using their personal signature, date of certification and company stamp and address.
If you need some further information or help, just get in touch by giving us a call on 0330 088 1142, or contact Vital Consular.