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You can request a Certificate of Good Conduct to show whether or not you have a criminal history in New York City. 

The request process depends on if you are a:

  • NYC resident, or
  • Non-NYC resident, or
  • Former inmate

Learn more about applying for a Certificate of Good Conduct.

To apply for a certificate, visit the Public Inquiry and Request section at One Police Plaza in lower Manhattan. The office is open Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 3PM. 

You must submit a $50 money order or certified check with your application. The money order or check should be made payable to New York City Police Department.

Required Documentation

U.S. Citizen

You need clear photocopies of the following documents to prove you are a United States citizen: 

  • Valid United States Passport, or 
  • Birth Certificate (US born) AND a valid Driver's License or DMV issued Identification Card, or 
  • Voter's Registration Card AND a valid Driver's License or DMV issued Identification Card, or
  • Naturalization Certificate 

Non-U.S. Citizen

Non-U.S. Citizens are required to submit the following documents when applying for a Certificate of Good Conduct: 

  • Valid Passport or Alien Registration Card or Employment Authorization, or
  • Letter from the Department of Immigration and Naturalization Services indicating applicant's name, address and current status in this country and valid photo identification, or
  • Letter from a Consulate which contains applicant's physical description and date of birth and a valid photo identification

    Former City residents must submit the following to the New York Police Department:

    • $30 money order or certified check, payable to the New York City Police Department (personal checks are not accepted)
    • An official chart of your fingerprints from the place where you currently live. Chart must contain:
      • Official stamp and signature of the official who fingerprinted you
      • Date you were fingerprinted
      • All your personal data
    • Clear photocopies of appropriate documentation

    Send materials to:

    Public Inquiry and Request Section
    One Police Plaza, Room 152-A
    New York, NY 10038

    One Police Plaza borders Park Row, Pearl Street, and Police Plaza.

    Required Documentation

    U.S. Citizen

    You need clear photocopies of the following documents to prove you are a United States citizen: 

    • Valid United States Passport, or 
    • Birth Certificate (US born) AND a valid Driver's License or DMV issued Identification Card, or 
    • Voter's Registration Card AND a valid Driver's License or DMV issued Identification Card, or
    • Naturalization Certificate 

    Non-U.S. Citizen

    Non-U.S. Citizens are required to submit the following documents when applying for a Certificate of Good Conduct: 

    • Valid Passport or Alien Registration Card or Employment Authorization, or
    • Letter from the Department of Immigration and Naturalization Services indicating applicant's name, address and current status in this country and valid photo identification, or
    • Letter from a Consulate which contains applicant's physical description and date of birth and a valid photo identification

    Former inmates can request a Certificate of Relief or a Certificate of Good Conduct after a criminal conviction.  Both certificates can help reduce the legal barriers to employment, voting, and housing if you have a criminal record.

    Whether a Certificate of Relief or a Certificate of Good Conduct is appropriate for you depends on your criminal record.

    Contact the Legal Action Center of New York for assistance.