How to Obtain a Certificate of Good Conduct for a UAE Visa Application

Earlier this year it became mandatory for those seeking a UAE employment visa to provide a certificate of good conduct. A certificate of good conduct simply refers to a criminal record check issued in an applicant’s home country or the country they have resided in for the past 5 years. Here is what you need to know about obtaining and legalising the document. 

There are various organisations in the UK that can issue a criminal record check. The most common certificates we legalise for use in the UAE include:

  • NPCC - ACPO – ACRO - NIS Certificates
  • DBS documents
  • Disclosure Scotland
  • Basic or Enhanced Disclosures
  • Access Northern Ireland
  • Police Letters
  • Subject Access Reports


Applications for a criminal record check can usually be made online via the website of the respective organisation. We are unable to obtain this document on behalf of our clients.

Once the criminal record check has been legalised the document must be legalised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the UAE embassy in the country of origin. In the UK, police checks must be presented to the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office in order to be issued with an apostille and, following this, the document is then attested by the UAE embassy in London.

We can provide a fully inclusive UAE attestation service for any UK criminal record check and the process simply involves sending the original document to us with your order instructions. Most orders are completed in as little as 6 working days.  

If you would like further information on this please contact us

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