CBR 013 Applications for Police Clearance

  1. What is the procedure for obtaining a police clearance certificate?
  • Any person who is a Sri Lankan citizen by descent or by registration can apply for a police clearance certificate from the Department of Police in Sri Lanka for the period he/she had lived in Sri Lanka, through the High Commission or Consulate Offices.
  • The High Commission or Consulate Offices will forward this application to the Department of Police in Sri Lanka.
  1. Where to apply?

    The Sri Lanka Police Department issues Police Clearance Certificates for the period/s of your residence in Sri Lanka. You can apply for Police Clearance Certificates directly through the Police Department website. If you do not wish to do so, you can submit your application through our office.Forward your application to the following respective offices, closest to your place of residence.

    1. How to Apply

    Direct Online Submission to the Police Department:

    Sri Lanka Police Department provides you the option to submit you application yourself, through their website, if you have left Sri Lanka after reaching sixteen (16) years of age. You can use the  link to access the online application:

    Applying at our counter:

    We encourage you to submit your application direct to the Police Department, through the above link. However,  you can submit your application at our counter. To submit the application at the counter, you must obtain a prior appointment. You can obtain an appointment on any working day between 9.30am -1.30pm.

  Respective area Office & Contact Details
1 New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Samoa

Western Australia (WA), Northern Territory (NT),Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

New South Wales, Queensland

Sri Lanka High Commission,

61, Hampton Circuit, Yarralumla 2600, ACT, Australia

Tele: 02-6198-3756

Fax : 02-6198-3760

E-mail : slhc.canberra@mfa.gov.lk


3 Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania

Sri Lanka Consulate General in Melbourne

Suite 536, No 1 Queens Road,
Melbourne, VIC,3004

Telephone: +61 3 9290 4200
Fax: +61 3 9867 4873

Web: http://www.slcgmel.org

  1. Steps to be taken and the checklist
  Description Important details
1.      Application process and documents to be submitted Application for Police Clearance Certificate
2.      Two certified copies of the passport .
3.      Two certified copies of the national Identity Card (NIC) .
4.      copies of previous police clearance certificates if available
5.      If in Australia – “VEVO “[Visa Entitlement Verification Online] from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection in Australia from www.border.gov.au/Busi/Visa.
This Certificate should be obtained less than a week prior to submitting the application. – Compulsory
6.      If in New Zealand – Applicants who have been on a permanent residence visa in New Zealand a Certificate of Evidence of Residence Status [referred to as Certificate of Denial in New Zealand] from the Ministry of Internal Affairs in New Zealand www.dia.gov.nz. – Compulsory
7.      If applicant resides in any other accredited country 02 photocopies of currant visa page of his/her passport– Compulsory
8. Applicable fees If the applicant is a Sri Lankan National 

  • Within Australia– AUD 99.00 (Including Authentication fee and postage)
  • Outside Australia AUD129.00 (Including Authentication fee and postage)

If the applicant is a Foreign National 

  • Within Australia– AUD 104.00 (Including Authentication fee and postage)
  • Outside Australia AUD 134.00 (Including Authentication fee and postage)
9. Payment method
  • If the applicant physically visits the High Commission or Consulate offices, he/she can pay by Cash.

Note: Credit/ATM/Debit cards AND personal or Company cheques will not be accepted.

  • If the applicant desires to pay by Money order, direct bank transfer, please contact the High Commission or consulate for prior instructions.

Note: If the applicant sends Money orders directly credit money into the High Commission or consulate bank accounts, without prior instructions, the responsibility lies with the applicant for any loss/shortage or delay.

10. Special Notes (Important)
  • Fees will not be refunded under any circumstance, after issuance of an official receipt;
  • Translations will not be accepted as originals;
  • All photocopies should be on A4 size paper;
  • High Commission will attest the documents and return the originals to the applicant
  • If the applicant needs to send/receive documents (by express courier service or speed post etc) on an urgent basis, he/she must organise them independently.
  • The High Commission is unable to take any responsibility for documents lost or delayed in the post/courier.
  • Hon Consul/Solicitor/JP/Medical Practitioner [GP] can certify above documents.
  • To avoid delay in the application process please pay attention to the following.

– The name of the applicant should be correctly mentioned in the application as per the National Identity Card. This is compulsory as the record check is done with the NIC number.

– The NIC number and the Date of Birth should be correctly mentioned in all the documents. Clear copy of the National Identity Card would avoid unnecessary delay during record check.

– The details of the places of residence in Sri Lanka furnished in the application should be accurate.

– Police Clearance Certificates are addressed only to the Government Immigration Authorities which have been authorized and designated by the Foreign Ministry, Sri Lanka. Therefore, name and address of the High Commission – Canberra or relevant consulate offices, should be mentioned correctly, in cage 8 and 9 of the application.

– It is vital to furnish the contact details of the applicant, such as telephone numbers E-mail addresses. This would help the clearance branch to communicate with the applicant if any clarification is required.

– Photocopies or scanned copies of applications are not accepted. Applications should be signed by the applicant.

– Please provide your contact details to this Mission, enabling us to contact you speedily, if required.


Register with the High Commission

The Sri Lankan High Commission in Canberra would like to keep in touch with Sri Lankans and persons of Sri Lankan origin living in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and other Pacific Islands as well as Sri Lankan community organisations in those countries.

If you are a current/former Sri Lankan or an office bearer of a Sri Lankan community organisation we invite you to register with the High Commission.



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61, Hampton Circuit
ACT 2600

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