Procedures and requirements for criminal records

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Thinking of emigrating from the country? Are you looking for a job? Are you in the middle of carrying out another type of procedure? So, you’re going to need a criminal record.

So here we will explain to you, what is it? What is it for? the requirements, and the steps to know, so that you can carry out the procedure in a fast, simple and efficient way.

Do youWhatand is the criminal record?

First of all, we need to explain what the Criminal Record Certificate is about, and it’s really nothing you should be concerned about.

It is a simple official record, granted by a certain public administration body, in which any type of criminal offense or crime for which you have been guilty or sentenced throughout the course of your life is manifested.

The Criminal Record Certification Issuance Service, consists of extending the Criminal Record Certificate to any person who requests it.

Either to present it to a job opportunity, to comply with what is requested by a legal entity or any use that the applicant convenient, however, certain requirements must be met that are described in the detail of the steps to follow in compliance with this service.

Why is a Criminal Record required?

At this point, you will say Why do I need a Criminal Record Certificate? How is that usefull to me? Why are they asking me?

The answer is very simple, if you are going to travel, the Criminal Record Certificate, before foreign authorities, certifies that you are not being persecuted by justice and that any judicial act that has been brought against you has already been sentenced and finalized.

Faced with the labor sector, it is an essential and indispensable requirement, which influences the decision to hire you or not. In addition to the fact that this is usually a very frequent requirement within other procedures.

Do all jobs ask for a criminal record?

As we have already mentioned, it is a very frequent requirement in job interviews, but it depends a lot on the type of work you are going to develop.

For instance, If you are going to work in a formal job, as a teacher or administrator of a company, they usually ask for your Criminal Record.

But if on the contrary it is a much more informal job, as an assistant in a construction company or if you are going to work as an independent worker or trader, then it is not something that you require.

If I have a history, does it affect the process to request it?

This is a question that arises very frequently and the truth is that having a criminal record does not affect the process to obtain your certificate.

Unless you still have a trial or a case in progress, which, indeed, does complicate the process, since you must wait for the litigation to end and the judge to sentence to be able to obtain a criminal record.

Requirements for Criminal Records

Now, after all that we have explained to you, we have finally reached the part of the requirements, it is to warn you that depending on the person the requirements may vary. So here is a wide list of requirements depending on the situation in which you find yourself:

  • Nationals over 18 years old:

The only requirement that is requested is the original and current Unique Identity Document, but on the contrary, if in some way or another you do not have the Unique Identity Document, there is an alternative: You can go to the nearest notary and request an elaborate power of attorney by a Salvadoran notary, in which your identity is guaranteed by means of two witnesses, as specified in the Notary Law Article 32 Ordinal 5

  • Representatives:

A Power of Attorney or Authorization of the holder will be required before a Salvadoran notary for a third party to carry out the procedure on their behalf.

You must present a certified original or photocopy. Likewise, a DUI or original and current passport of the person authorized to carry out the procedure and a photocopy of the principal’s unique identity document or passport, if it is impossible to obtain them, the information regarding the personal data that is impossible is the responsibility of the attorney-in-fact. recorded in the antecedent.

  • Private Defenders

The Lawyer Card will be required, the authorization signed by the person who is detained, with the original seal of Bartolinas (PNC), or, where appropriate from the penitentiary center or a document in which a party has been shown in the courts in the For the record, he is your defender.

In addition to a photocopy of the birth certificate or unique identity document of the person who is detained.

If it is impossible to obtain them, the information regarding the personal data contained in the antecedent will be the responsibility of the defender.

  • Minors

Both parents must appear, who will identify themselves through their respective Unique Identity Documents (original and current), if they cannot appear, they will be able to carry out the process through a proxy. In addition to a Certification of birth certificate (maximum three months after being issued)

  • Foreign

They will need your Passport or residence card, original and valid or Identification Card in case of being attached to the CA (El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua)

  • Processing through the Salvadoran Consulate.

This is another alternative for Salvadorans who are abroad, since it can be done through different consulates authorized by this country.

The consulate is responsible for carrying out the procedure in order to send the antecedent to the person who requests it, this service is provided through coordination between the General Directorate of Penal Centers and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

  • Company, Legal Person or Member of a society

Deed of incorporation, duly certified. Application signed and stamped by legal representative, containing the manifestation of will of all the subscribers where the Criminal Record is requested and with the following information: Full name, DUI number (National), Passport, Residence card or identification card in case of being attached to the C-4.

Necessary documentation

Apart from the requirements established above, a Form is required as the necessary documentation. This requirement applies to each of the above situations.

In case of being abroad, it is done through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it is mandatory to complete the form to proceed with the procedure.

In El Salvador, they are considered special because they are only used, when the General Directorate of Penal Centers authorizes it, for presenting problems with the system that generates the criminal record, in these cases the interested party may request his record under the form of a form, attaching a photocopy of DUI, and proof of payment, therefore our branches deliver the antecedent the day after your request.

Steps to get a criminal record

  • Step 1: Review of Identity Documents

The responsible administrative collaborator will ask you for your Personal Identity Document, to verify the expiration date, if it is legible and will ask you what you are going to use the Criminal Record Certificate for, example: Employment, Weapons Registry, VMT, Procedures, Judicial, among others. Then it will indicate where you must make the payment of the Criminal Record.

  • Step 2: Payment of Criminal Record

The Administrative Collaborator will indicate the amount to be paid for the Criminal Record Certificate, which you must cancel in the collection, will ask you after having canceled what your criminal record will be used for and will place a ticket on the back explaining the reason for issuing the document.

  • Step 3: Elaboration of the Antecedent

The administrative collaborator will ask you again for your Personal Identity Document and proof of payment, he will verify if it is valid, legible and then he will enter the system and verify if he has a criminal record or not, later he will prepare Antecedent.

  • Step 4: Delivery of Criminal Records

Finally, they will sign and seal the Criminal Record, then they will call you by your name to verify again your Identity Document or Document with which the antecedent was prepared, proof of payment which will seal as delivered and will deliver the Antecedent .

It will also ask you to verify before leaving for any errors that may exist, the which can be fixed within a period of 3 business days for any claim.

Offices to obtain criminal records

The competent office to obtain criminal records is the El Salvador Penitentiary Registry and Control, in any of its circumscriptions. Some of the branches nationwide are:

  • San Salvador, Central Office 19, Calle Poniente between 3 ° and 5 °. Av. Norte Col. Guadalupe San Salvador. Tel: 2235-4098, 2235-2114 and 2520404. Opening hours 7:30 am to 3:30 pm. Without closing at noon
  • Arms Registry, North Highway Colonia EL Refugio Ex Transit Building, Hours of operation 7:30 am to 12:00 am and 12:40 pm. at 3:30 pm. Tel. 2235-2114
  • San Miguel, On the 3rd. Calle Poniente Pasaje Joaquín Cárdenas Polígono “A” House N ° .9 Colonia Santa Gertrudis San Miguel. Telefax: 2661-2698 Attention hours 7:30 am to 12:00 am and 12:40 pm. at 3:30 pm.
  • Santa Ana, 3rd. South Avenue between 5 °. And 7th. Oriente Street House No. 19. Barrio Santa Cruz Santa Ana. Telefax: 2447-6312. Hours of operation 7:30 am to 12:00 am and 12:40 pm. at 3:30 pm.

How long does it take to give the criminal record?

Normally in one day you can complete the entire procedure without much problem, as we have already explained above, if there is no problem with the requirements.

Does the Criminal Record expire?

Criminal records, being only for a specific purpose, expire quickly.

It is estimated that the duration of the criminal record is 90 days or the equivalent of three months, so you should try to calculate the dates well so that it does not expire while you are in the process of another process.

And it will only apply for the purpose that has been proposed, if you want to carry out several procedures at the same time, you must remove it again specifying the other use you want to give it.

We hope it helps you to obtain the Requirements for criminal records.

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