Police Clearance from Iran

January 28th, 2019
Fingerprints for Iran

Have you been asked to obtain a police clearance from Iran and you’re not sure how to obtain it? If so, here is some information that may help you get started!

Applicants for Canadian permanent residence or citizenship may need to provide police certificates from every country that they have lived in for 6 months or longer since turning 18. Applicants for Green Cards in the United States or for visas for other countries may also need to provide a police certificate from countries they have previously lived in.

At present, Iran requires 2 sets of ink and roll fingerprints from an RCMP-accredited agency to process a request for a police certificate. If you have been requested to provide a police clearance from Iran, the first question is how and from where do you apply.

Currently, there are two options for where to apply, either through the Iranian office at the Embassy of Pakistan in Washington or directly through Iran.

Applying through Washington via mail?

The two sets of fingerprints must be sent to the Iranian office at the Embassy of Pakistan in Washington along with additional required documents specified in the vital records section of their website. Please refer to the link at the end of the article.

Applying through Iran?


The two fingerprint cards can also be submitted directly to Iran.  However, currently, there are additional requirements for preparing the fingerprint cards prior to submission:

  • A passport-size photo must be attached to each fingerprint card and stapled once in the appropriate corner. Please have your two photos taken prior to getting your fingerprints taken, and bring them with you to be attached to your fingerprint form.
  • The RCMP-accredited fingerprint agency address stamp must be affixed partly over the photo.
  • A “raised seal” must be affixed to each fingerprint card
  • The 2 sets of prints must then be inserted separately into two legal-size envelopes, which are sealed across the top with an embossed seal.


How can Red Seal Notary help?

Red Seal Notary is accredited by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and has been providing fingerprinting services since 2010.  Red Seal Notary is a one-stop shop to not only obtain your fingerprints but also to ensure appropriately raised seals are affixed to the prints and envelopes to meet current Iranian government official requirements.

Our professional and trained staff can take your ink and roll fingerprints and assist you with preparing them for submission for a police certificate from Iran.  For more information, see our fingerprinting page https://www.redsealnotary.com/fingerprinting.html for ID requirements and locations or contact us at 1-888-922-7325.

You may also visit the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for additional information on applying for Fingerprint checks from outside Iran.

As the requirements may change at any time, it is important to confirm them with Iranian officials prior to getting your fingerprints taken.

2 thoughts on “Police Clearance from Iran

  1. Pari says:

    Hi. I sent my documents and fingerprint to the embassy in Washington.
    I am looking for a way to do it faster as my deadline is next month for
    PR application.
    Please help me.

    • Blake McClung says:

      Dear Pari,

      Thank you for your comment and for your interest in our website.

      Unfortunately, we have no control over the processing times of the Iranian Police. You may wish to contact the relevant police authority themselves to see if they have any alternatives.

      You may also wish to inform Immigration authorities that you have applied for your Iranian Police certificate, and the expected processing time given to you by the Embassy, so they know when it can be provided.

      I hope this information is of some assistance.

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