Excerpt from criminal records

Content of excerpt
  • All convictions relating to indictable and summary offences committed as an adult.

The excerpt from criminal records is available in two formats

Who can order an excerpt for individuals?
  • Any person may order an excerpt pertaining to himself (on submission of an identity document and signature)

Excerpt recipient
  • The applicant himself, to his postal address (usual case)
  • Any other person at another address (e.g. employer, authorities) only on your explicit request
  • Digitally signed electronic excerpts only: to an e-mail address provided by you and accessible only using a password or by using your SuisseID.

A single criminal records excerpt costs CHF 20.

If the excerpt from criminal records is required by a foreign authority / foreign consulate, an attestation by the Federal Chancellery is usually necessary. We will provide the attestation for an additional charge of CHF 20.
Digitally signed electronic criminal records excerpts cannot be authenticated.

Digital services:
  • The excerpt from criminal records can now also be ordered as a digitally signed electronic document (PDF).
    Example of use: A job application sent by e-mail with the digitally signed criminal records excerpt as an attachement.
  • If you dispose of a SuisseID, you can receive your excerpt from criminal records within 6 (business) hours.
    more about the SuisseID

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Legislative basis and links:
Leaflet on handling with criminal records excerpts
FAQ about the Criminal Records
Criminal records decree
Criminal Code (Art. 365 ff)