How to get a Police Clearance Certificate in Abu Dhabi (2017)

Police Clearance Certificate (PPC) is a good conduct certificate for an individual taken from your home country or overseas if you have stayed in that country for a while.

Just like me – been in Abu Dhabi for almost 9 years now. In the Philippines, this is pretty much the version of our NBI Clearance.

PPC is usually needed for new employments in government or semi-government companies, so as some other private companies. Some use it for immigration purposes to a few European countries, Australia,  🇦🇺 Ireland, 🇮🇪 and Canada🇨🇦.

Getting one here in Abu Dhabi is easy. There are 2 options:

Option 1: Online. – You can either log in to MOI website ( or download their app.

This will require you to log in with your Emirates ID, Activate it via your mobile number (in my case, my number was not updated, that’s why I opt to option 2) and then you Fill up the form. Finally, you pay for the cost. Since I haven’t tried this option, I am not sure if the certificate will be released right then and there. Nevertheless according to what I’ve read in some other blogs; it is released right away.


Option 2: In Person. You need to visit Khalidiya Police Station (or any other nearby Police Station).

You enter the station & the reception will guide you. You need to present only your Emirates ID and a number will be given to you.

The queue wasn’t that long, 3-4 persons were ahead of me and in no time my number (C-045) was served! The counters are not the usual counter we find in service centers, instead, it’s an open room where you could comfortably seat (although the stay is short) I guess I spent about 5 minutes only.

What is required.

  • Emirates ID
  • Debit/Credit card for a payment of 54/- AED

The only requirement is Emirates ID. Although personally I have prepared a *copy of the E-Id, my *passport (original) and *copies of the main page & visa page). *These are just optional, I’ve read it in some web pages, so I tried to be ready with these papers. Just in case you know…

Debit/Credit card 💳 is mandatory. As I noticed they don’t accept cash payments. Therefore make sure you have your card with you.

At the counter, you give your queue number & Emirates ID. The personnel then will fill your data on the system & asks you for your debit/credit card for the payment. At the same time, he/she will also ask for the purpose why you need the PPC. After that, she’ll give you the receipt with the reference number and will advise you when to go back to claim your certificate. In my case, I can take it the next day. So basically it’s just one day. But for others, it may take 2-3 days.

Overall I would say I spent less than an hour in doing this process. Isn’t it convenient!?! Thumbs up 👍🏼to Abu Dhabi/UAE for making this process quicker! I do hope that the Philippines🇵🇭 will have such capacity to process any government documents with one ID! Rather than a paper 📝 of this and another paper for that, photo here and a copy of this there …  etcetera. Someday, in God’s perfect time I know that “change” will happen too!

Hope this post helps you!


God bless!



Collection: Since I applied on a weekend (Thursday), my collection schedule is Sunday.

This one took me almost an hour. Only one counter was opened doing all the processes, I arrived at 9:30 and got my paper at 10:25 am.


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25 thoughts on “How to get a Police Clearance Certificate in Abu Dhabi (2017)

  1. It’s great to get tips like this from an expert, like you, who has lived in Abu Dhabi for almost a decade. Sometimes the process can be daunting, but this explanation makes it look like a simple and straight forward process.

  2. This is such an interesting post, I would have never known nor thought of getting a PCC, but it seems like it would be a very good document to have.

    xo Sheree

  3. It’s interesting to see everything that’s needed in countries to gain employment. In the states, one needs a work visa or citizenship to work. This article is really useful because websites and people can be so vague sometimes about what is needed exactly!

  4. Such a nice post! i think it is very helpful for people, who lives in Adu Dhabi. Also everything looks quite easy, not like in Cyprus at all!

  5. so helpful as so many people seem to be ex-pattng to Abu Dhabi and the Emirates. I still want to visit here, just for a holiday. I wouldnt need something like this? tourist from the US?

  6. Thats actually super convenient. I was in a bit of trouvbe earlier this year because i have never thought of doing this before leaving the places where i have lived…

  7. Really great info JM Kayne 🙂 I honestly didn’t about this even existed. It’s seems quite simple in UAE will ask my friends and family out there to read this.
    Keep writing… keep sharing


      1. Was looking for details and this one is superb!guess i need to use the option 2 as well.can u let me know the validity?i will need it for my australian visa application.Cheers!

  8. I have question how can i get police clearance if im outside abu dhabi. Because i leave now in japan and i need police clearance for immigrant visa in US.

        1. Is that so?! Oh I am sorry to hear that… I used to read some blogs that they did issue English versions. So I bet you need translation through typing centers I guess.

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