PLEASE NOTE: On the 1st of April 2018, the good conduct certificate has been postponed till further notice.
How to get your Good Conduct Certificate.
Earlier this year, the UAE government announced that expats are now required to obtain a good conduct certificate before they can be issued a work permit. The new rule, which came into effect on February 4th, is aimed at creating a safer society.
Good conduct certificate: what is it?
Basically, this certificate is a document proving that you don’t have any criminal record. The certificate must be obtained from your country of origin (before you move to the UAE). The certificate, valid for three months, costs AED 200 for expats living in the UAE and AED 300 for expats outside of the UAE.
Applying within the UAE
If you have been living in the UAE for the last five years, there is a chance that you may still be required to apply for a good conduct certificate that would be issued by local authorities. This can easily be done by applying online. Alternatively, you can visit any police station or the General Department of Criminal Investigation to request the document.
Applying from outside the UAE
Every country has its own set of requirements and guidelines for applying and issues certificates of conduct. It is important to note that certificates obtained from your home country, or the country you live in should be attested.
Who is exempt?
Not everyone is required to obtain this document. There is no need for spouses, children and parents, as well as domestic workers from the Philippines and Indonesia to obtain the certificate at this time.