This is a certificate that certifies the absence or existence of a criminal record.
Documentation and necessary requirements
NOTE: The information in this section only applies if you are going to make your application in person or by post. If you have a user's electronic certificate you can choose to process your application electronically, for which you will need to go to the Electronic headquarters of the Ministry of Justice
1. APPLICATION- This must be done using Model 790, which can be downloaded from this page or is available, free-of-charge, at the following places:
2. PROVIDING PROOF OF IDENTITY OF THE PERSON MAKING THE APPLICATION
Original and current DNI, residency card, passport, driver's licence or EU identity document or equivalent of the person applying for the certificate. The document presented must provide unequivocal proof of the applicant's identity.
3. WHEN THE CERTIFICATE IS NOT APPLIED FOR IN PERSON BY THE INTERESTED PARTY BUT BY SOMEONE REPRESENTING HIM/HER, in addition to the documentation mentioned in point 2, this person must provide:
4. PAYMENT OF THE FEE.- Proof of payment of the fee, which may be accredited in any of the following ways:
If you have an account open and a digital signature allowing you to use the services provided by any of the financial entities collaborating with the Tax Agency, you can make the payment through their online banking services.
To do so, first download Form 790 from this website and fill in your Número de Justificante (Receipt Number) in the "Tasas Administrativas 790" field of your online banking system. If there is an option called "Código 006 Tasas Administrativas Ministerio de Justicia", fill it in there as well.
To have the certificate issued you must submit a Comprobante de Pago (proof of payment ) along with the sheet from Form 790 called "Ejemplar para la Administración" (Administration's Copy) to the Tax Office at the window, or else send them by post. To be valid, your Comprobante de Pago (proof of payment) must include the Número de Referencia Completo (full reference number or 'NRC') provided to you by the online banking system.
You may fill in Form 790 and bring it to a financial entity collaborating with the Tax Agency (nearly all of them do) to make payment. Payment will be accredited through machine validation or an authorised signature from the financial entity on the sheet from Form 790 called "Ejemplar para la Administración" (Administration’s Copy), which will have to be submitted at the Tax Office window or sent by post for the certificate to be issued.
You may sign Form 790 and bring it to the local branch of a Spanish financial entity collaborating with the Tax Office and present in the country where the application for the certificate is being filed. Payment will be accredited through machine validation or an authorised signature from the financial entity on the sheet from Form 790 called "Ejemplar para la Administración" (Administration's Copy), which will have to be forwarded.
You may also pay the fee via bank transfer, so long as the transfer is being sent from accounts open in banks located outside of Spanish territory. To send the transfer, use the IBAN or International Code for the Ministry of Justice's restricted deposit account, the details of which are provided below. Send the original copy of the proof of payment along with the sheet from Form 790 called "Ejemplar para la Administración".
FEE PRICE: 3,70 €
IMPORTANT: Special care should be taken that the correct amount of the fee is paid, as the financial entity is not able to refund mistaken amounts paid; requests for reimbursement will require that the interested party initiates a procedure for the refund of undue payment.
Any individual of legal age, as well as incorporated entities by means of their representatives.
When the applicant is a national of a European Union country other than Spain, he or she may request that any information that exists in the records of the government of his or her country be included in this certificate, explicitly indicating it in form 790. Any person who, although not a national of a European Union Member State, has lived in any of the Member States may also request it.
In both cases, the processing (response time, type of response, contents of the certificate, etc.) of the corresponding certificate will depend on the regulations and procedures of the country in question.
IMPORTANT: THE CRIMINAL RECORD CERTIFICATE MUST BE LEGALISED IF IT IS TO HAVE VALIDITY OUTSIDE OF SPAIN. DO NOT FORGET TO MENTION THIS FACT WHEN MAKING AN APPLICATION WHEREVER CERTIFICATES ARE ISSUED. (Universal legalisation or The Hague Apostille)
Circumstances under which it is issued
A - When requested by the interested party either directly or through a representative.
B - When requested through a competent body, as part of processing a procedure in which it is legally required. In these cases the certificate is sent directly to the body.
With a view to simplifying administrative processes, the Ministry of Justice has signed agreements to directly issue criminal record certificates to the competent body in the procedures described below of the following Ministries:
NOTE: If a certificate does not have to be issued and the interested parties only wish to obtain information on the data concerning them contained in the Central Criminal Records Registry, they are entitled to request access to this data free of charge by providing proof of their identity.