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Criminal Record Check Spain

The Spanish Criminal or Police Record is a Certification issued by the Spanish Ministry of Justice, confirming whether a person has a “NOT CANCELLED” criminal offence after conviction by a Spanish Criminal Court OR NOT. It contains convictions for all crimes (delitos) and also misdemeanours (delitos leves).

This Certificate can also show:

  1. If the person has been imprisoned;
  2. If the conviction has been fully spent;
  3. Type of parole – if it has been granted.

The criminal record system in Spain is organized in the form of the “CENTRAL CRIMINAL RECORDS REGISTRY (Registro Central de Penados).

It is not publicly accessible. Only a few public agencies and no private agencies have access to it. It is only accessible to judges, public prosecutors and the judicial police for investigative purposes. Also to Guardia Civil for gun permits and border control police. Also an individual may request a copy of their personal Conviction Records or a person authorized by him/her.

In Spain conviction records are not expunged as they are not erased completely but rather are cancelled in a process known as “cancelling a conviction record”- once conviction records are cancelled or ‘spent’, the individual will possess a clear criminal record. To cancel a conviction record in Spain, the following requirements must be met, namely,

  1. a period of time having served the sentence must have elapsed (6 months, 2 years, 3 years or 6 years depending on the sentence);
  2. No further crime has been committed in the interim;
  3. Civil compensation has been paid or the person has been declared to be without money.

European criminal records information system (ecris)

Criminal Record Check Spain or in any other European Union member country: the European Union Criminal Records System is a computerised system established in 2012 to create an efficient exchange of information on criminal convictions between member States.

The system provides judges, prosecutors and police information on the criminal convictions/history of persons concerned no matter which Member State that the person has been convicted in the past.

So when citizens ask for an extract from their criminal record in Spain, it will include also criminal records in case of conviction in any of the member States.

If you are a not an EU-citizen, it is currently not possible to determine whether they were previously convicted in other Member States without consulting them all.


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Criminal Record Check

This service is available across Spain


1Who is this service for?

This service is for anyone who has been resident here in recent years and who needs to obtain a certificate of a clean criminal record, usually for the purposes of taking-up the offer of a job in a restricted sector - either here or in another country.

2What does this service consist of?

  • Discussion with a local lawyer to confirm the certificate you require
  • Application made on your behalf
  • Certificate is issued and delivered to the address you specify
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  • Verification of the regulatory status of your professional.
  • Fees as recommended by the Local Professional Body
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  • Service levels agreed in advance and guaranteed.
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  • Professionals' proficiency in English monitored.
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