A police certificate of conduct can only be issued for specific purposes set out in laws or regulations, and will not be issued on a general basis. An overview of such purposes can be found in the attachment "List of purposes".

Duty of confidentiality

Police certificates of conduct are issued on the basis of information in the police databases. This information is subject to a duty of confidentiality.

Your police certificate of conduct will be sent to your digital mailbox, or by regular mail to the address stated in your application, or to your officially registered address.

Police certificates of conduct are never sent by email and their contents are never discussed on the telephone.

Types of police certificates of conduct

The penalties (fines, imprisonment or other) listed in a police certificate of conduct varies with the purpose of the certificate. The type of certificate to be issued is determined by the statute or regulations governing the purpose.

General police certificate of conduct

A general police certificate of conduct includes most penalties for all types of crimes, but only for a specific period.

Detailed police certificate of conduct

A detailed police certificate of conduct includes all penalties except fixed penalty notices ("forenklet forelegg") for all types of crimes. Such a certificate will include all penalties, regardless of how far back in time they were imposed.

Limited police certificate of conduct

A limited police certificate of conduct covers only certain types of crimes. Such certificates will generally be detailed, but only crimes of a certain type are included, regardless of how far back in time they were committed.

Extended police certificate of conduct

An extended police certificate of conduct will also include unresolved criminal cases. This means that formal charges and indictments against you will be included, as well as any penalty notices ("forelegg") and convictions, even if they are not yet final and enforceable. Crime reports filed against you will not be included.

A police certificate of conduct is often simultaneously extended, limited and detailed, meaning that certain types of crimes are included regardless of how far back in time and even if not finally decided by the police or a court of law.