Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Certificate of Character

Q: What's the process for obtaining a certificate of good character?


A: Well, unfortunately, the police can't give you a certificate of "good" character. All they do is give you a certificate of character; good or bad depends on your previous course of dealings.

Steps:
1. Visit your local police station with valid T&T* identification and $50 TTD
2. The officer would record your details and take your fingerprints
3. Make sure you get your receipt
4. You must carry receipt and identification to collect the certificate


AVOID Central Police Station on St. Vincent Street, POS because it'll be at least 2 weeks before you get it done. The average wait time is about 3-4 days. Of course, like anything else in T&T, if you know a senior police officer, you'll get it the same day or next morning. ;-)


*Foreign nationals follow a different process




12 comments:

Anonymous said...

What charges are excluded from a certificate of character and is there a way to have charges expunged from your record?

Trinbago Rights said...

I have heard of charges being expunged through court orders. I know the prisons drafted bills on the issues in 2000 and 2004, but they have been consistently ignored by all the governments thus far.

Anonymous said...

I seek to know how do I proceed with an expungement of a 20 piece marijuana charge

Anonymous said...

If you were charged with an offence and the matter is in court what would the certificate of character show

Trinbago Rights said...

Only convictions.

Unknown said...

How long is a certificate valid for?

Trinbago Rights said...

I think 6 months... not sure.

Anonymous said...

Hi.. I had a obscene language offence and I paid$100 but I am told that it will show on my certificate of character so is there any way that I can get it removed because I am married to a US citizen and I'm migrating so what can I do.. I heard that after 10yrs it comes off can you please help me thanks

Unknown said...

HI i was arrested but my case was dimissed I was not charged I want to apply for a job can I still get a certificate of good character if not how can I get a expungement ?

Trinbago Rights said...

Your certificate should be clean... only convictions show up.

Anonymous said...

i have never been convicted and i have only been charged once.. the matter is infront the court so its therefoe pending.. i went and applied for my certificate of character about 5 weeks now at sanfernando police station and still havent recieved it.. theh keep tellin me it not ready.. so the last day i went i told the officer how long ive been waiting and the officer asked me if i have any matter infront thr court.. but out of anxiety i told him no.. so my question is if i will get my certificate of character an what will appear on it? or if i have to wait till the matter is over to get it.. because this is what a police friend of mind told me. that i havr to wait

Anonymous said...

are u sure only convictions show up? i went to apply for a certificate of character and i asked the officer about a pending charge i have in front the court for assault and he said that it would show up on the certificate. im still waitin to see if it will