Criminal Record Check in Spain

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I would like to express my opinion about Inma.  She is very helpful , understanding and had excellent communication with me during the process I would like to thank her sooo much as I am very happy and satisfied with her way of sorting out the issue we approached her for I will recommend her to everyone who needs any lawyer in Spain. Thus, massive thanks for her great help and support.
Magham Abbass
Magham Abbass
09 Aug 2022

Service Details

Criminal Record Check

This service is available across Spain

Who Is This Service For?

This service is for any foreign residents who have lived in Spain in the recent past and who are required to present a Police Clearance Certificate (certificado de antecedentes penales). 

A criminal record check in Spain results in obtaining a certificate that indicates whether an individual is registered as having been convicted of any crimes or activities that are against the law in recent years. The Central Register of Convicts provides this information, and it is valuable for numerous legal procedures. 

This document is crucial for various administrative processes, such as acquiring Spanish nationality, competing for a public position, starting work in a school with children, or preventing issues when renewing your residence card. Frequently these bodies ask the interested party to provide the certificate themselves.


  • Anyone over the age of 18 or individuals represented by another can request this certificate.
  • Digital certificate to apply online or registered professional such as a lawyer empowered to request the certificate on behalf of the applicant


  • Online Application: If you have a digital certificate, you can apply online.
  • Physical Application: Fill out the model 790 form, either with or without a digital certificate.
  • Apply in person at the Central Citizen's Service Office in Madrid or at the Territorial Management offices of the Ministry of Justice. An appointment is required.
  • Submit identity documents: A certified copy of your DNI if you are Spanish or your residence card/passport if you are foreign. 
  • If a third party is applying on your behalf, they need to provide personal identification and a document signed before a notary confirming their legal representation.
  • Pay the required fees and provide payment proof. This can be done online with a digital certificate, through electronic banking, at an ATM, or by bank transfer if abroad.


  • Clarity in Administrative Processes: The certificate provides clear evidence of an individual's criminal record or lack thereof in Spain, facilitating smoother administrative processes.
  • Digital Options: The ability to complete the procedure online (or empower a professional to do so on your behalf) makes the process quicker and more accessible for many.
  • Widely Recognized: This document is recognized and required by many institutions and processes within Spain.

What Does This Service Consist Of?

  • Guidance: Our lawyers will guide you through the process, ensuring you understand each step and its significance
  • Document Collection: Assisting clients in gathering all necessary documents, ensuring they meet the requirements.
  • Form Completion: Helping clients complete the model 790 form and any other necessary paperwork.
  • Fee Payment: Guiding clients through the payment process and ensuring they understand the associated costs.
  • Delivery: Ensuring the certificate reaches the client promptly once it has been processed.

Free Support Services Included

When combined with the free and innovative Advocate Abroad support services you can be sure that you are obtaining completely transparent legal services from registered and regulated English-speaking lawyers abroad.These support services include:

  • Verification of the regulatory status of your professional.
  • Fees as recommended by the Local Professional Body
  • Fees specified in advance and legally guaranteed.
  • Service levels agreed in advance and guaranteed.
  • All professionals must hold professional indemnity insurance.
  • Professionals' proficiency in English monitored.
  • Continuous quality controls and reviews.

Why choose Advocate Abroad?