Excerpt from criminal records


  • Excerpt from criminal records in general

  • What information does an excerpt from criminal records for individual persons contain?

    • The excerpt for individuals contains convictions for indictable and summary offences committed by adults; convictions for misdemeanours committed by adults only appear in the excerpt for individuals if they include a judgment prohibiting certain activities from being undertaken, a judgment prohibiting contact, or a judgment prohibiting the individual from visiting certain locations in accordance with Article 67 or 67(b) of the Swiss Criminal Code, Article 50 or 50(b) of the Swiss Military Criminal Code or Article 16(a) of the Swiss Juvenile Criminal Code.

      Convictions relating to juveniles are only recorded in the criminal records register where they involve specific penalties (imprisonment, detention, probation, judgments imposing a ban prohibiting the exercising of a profession, judgments prohibiting certain activities from being undertaken, judgments prohibiting contact, and judgments prohibiting the individual from visiting certain locations). These few convictions relating to juveniles will then only appear in the excerpt for individuals if these individuals commit further crimes as an adult.

      Prior to 01/01/2015, the excerpt for individuals was known as the "criminal records excerpt for private individuals"; its function remains unchanged.

  • What does an excerpt from criminal records look like?

  • In which language is the excerpt available?

    • Excerpts containing a conviction will be sent either in German, French or Italian. Excerpts without a conviction appear in German, French, Italian and English.

  • When is an entry in the criminal record for individual persons definitively erased?

    • The exact wording is found under Article 371 of the Criminal Code.

  • What can I do if the criminal records excerpt has errors or I don’t agree with the contents?

    • In spite of all the care taken, mistakes do happen in extremely rare situations. In this case we kindly ask you to return the criminal records excerpt along with a copy of an official document certifying your identity, such as a passport, identity card (front and back), or residence permit and a note explaining what, in your opinion, is not correct. Send these to the following address:

      Federal Office of Justice
      Swiss Criminal Records Section
      Bundesrain 20
      3003 Berne
      (Switzerland)

  • Why would I need a criminal records excerpt?

    • An excerpt from criminal records may be required for example when applying for a position, seeking permission to carry a weapon or requesting naturalisation.

  • Must the criminal records excerpt be attested?

    • An attestation is usually necessary if the criminal records excerpt is required by a foreign authority or consulate (e.g. for a visa or adoption). Please enquire in advance if an attestation is required.

      We can have the criminal records excerpt authenticated for you by the Federal Chancellery at an additional charge of CHF 20. In this case, your order will take longer to process.


  • Questions about ordering a criminal records excerpt

  • How do I order a criminal records excerpt?

    • You have two options

      1. st option: Enter your personal details under Order criminal records excerpt. Select the method of payment and pay either online via Internet or later at the post office. You have to print out the form and send it in. This is necessary because the signed form and the enclosed copy of your identity document confirm your identity thus ensuring that the criminal records excerpt is going to the right individual.

        You can see a graphic presentation of the ordering procedure.
      2. nd option: You can order the excerpt for individuals over the counter at an office of Swiss Post. To do this, you must attend in person at an office of Swiss Post, and a valid identification document (passport, identity card, or residence card for foreigners) must be produced. Payment is made immediately, either in cash or using the Postfinance card.

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  • What does an order form look like?

  • How much does it cost to get a criminal records excerpt?

    • A single criminal records excerpt costs CHF 20. If the same person requests several excerpts, the charge is CHF 20.- per copy.
      If you want a certification, the charge for the certification is an additional CHF 20.

  • How can I pay?

    • If you are applying online, you may choose between two payment methods:

      • Online payment via Internet with credit card, PostFinance Card or TWINT.
      • anticipated payment by mail transfer: Enclose the stamped voucher (no copies). See the system-generated application form for postal checking account number and fee. Before effecting payment, we suggest you first complete the online-application procedure and print out the system-generated form.

      If you submit an application from abroad, online payment (credit card) is the only option.

  • I’m not sure that I’ve been credited with the on-line payment.

    • If the on-line payment has been interrupted during the process, then the transaction will not take place. Watch for the on-screen error notice and take the necessary corrective steps.

      The order form can be created only after the payment. To complete the order proceed as follows:

      In the heading bar, you will see the transaction number (TAN). This number is used to identify your details and reproduce them.

      In this case contact

      Federal Office of Justice
      Swiss Criminal Records Section
      Service for Private Individuals
      Bundesrain 20
      3003 Berne
      (Switzerland)

      strafregister@bj.admin.ch
      Technical Helpline:
      Phone: ++41 58 465-0198
      (Monday through Friday 10.00 a.m. - 11.30 a.m.)

  • Who can order an excerpt for individuals?

    • Each person may order an excerpt relating to him/herself (a copy of the identification document and a signature are required). In the event that another individual (e.g. your employer) requires an excerpt for individuals relating to you, and you are in agreement with this, you can provide a "delivery address" when you place your order.

  • I’ve completed the order, but still haven’t received my criminal records excerpt.

    • It takes about ten working days to process your request after you have mailed the signed form. If after the end of this time you have not received the criminal records excerpt requested, check whether you have mailed all documents (copy of your identification, voucher) properly signed to the appropriate address (Schweizerisches Strafregister).

      Please only write or call us after you have made sure that you have complied with all requirements:

      Federal Office of Justice
      Swiss Criminal Records Section
      Service for Private Individuals
      Bundesrain 20
      3003 Berne
      (Switzerland)

      strafregister@bj.admin.ch
      Technical Helpline:
      Phone: ++41 58 465-0198
      (Monday through Friday 10.00 a.m. - 11.30 a.m.)

  • I cannot view or print the completed form

    • You must install Acrobat Reader to view and print the form as a PDF document. Download and install Acrobat Reader free of charge (you will be required to re-start your computer).
      Please note: if you have not saved the form or if you interrupted the order procedure by closing the browser, you will have to repeat the order procedure.

      If you completed online payment but couldn't print or save the form, please contact:

      Federal Office of Justice
      Swiss Criminal Records Section
      Service for Private Individuals
      Bundesrain 20
      3003 Berne
      (Switzerland)

      strafregister@bj.admin.ch
      Technical Helpline:
      Phone: ++41 58 465-0198
      (Monday through Friday 10.00 a.m. - 11.30 a.m.)

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