Criminal records excerpts

Extracts may be obtained from the Federal Office of Justice.
Which excerpt do I need?
From 1 January 2015, two different criminal records excerpts will be available to order from the Federal Office of Justice (FOJ):
  • the classic "excerpt from the swiss criminal records" (as before)
  • a more specific "special excerpt from the swiss criminal records" (new).

The content of these excerpts is not the same:

Special excerpt from the swiss criminal records(new)


only for activities involving regular contact with minors or persons requiring special protection

The excerpt from the swiss criminal records provides the following information:
  • All convictions relating to indictable and summary offences committed as an adult, until the expiry of certain periods of time.

The excerpt from the swiss criminal records corresponds to the former "criminal records extract"; its contents remain unchanged.
The special excerpt from the swiss criminal records provides only the following information:
  • Convictions comprising a judgment imposing a ban prohibiting the exercising of a profession, a judgment prohibiting certain activities from being undertaken, a judgment prohibiting contact, or a judgment prohibiting the individual from visiting certain locations for the purposes of the protection of minors or other persons requiring special protection, insofar as said prohibitions remain in force.
An excerpt from the swiss criminal records may be ordered for any purpose:
  • Examples: for normal applications for jobs, rental properties, weapons permits, etc.
A special excerpt from the swiss criminal records may only be ordered for specific purposes:
  • When the special excerpt from the swiss criminal records is necessary for a professional or a non-work related organised activity involving regular contact with minors or other persons requiring special protection.
  • A special confirmation from the employer or organisation is required to obtain the special excerpt from the swiss criminal records.

Continue to classic excerpt Continue to special excerpt
Should both excerpts be required (excerpt from the swiss criminal records and special excerpt from the swiss criminal records), two separate orders must be placed.

Interruptions of the service

On Sunday 6.9.2015, 02:00 CEST - 06:00 CEST interruptions of the service are possible for technical reasons.

Thank you for your comprehension.