New law on criminal records 23.01.2023
On 23 January 2023, the new law on criminal records came into force and VOSTRA, the new criminal records information system, went into operation. This results in several changes:
- The standard private extract and special extract have a new design.
- Ordering a standard private extract or a special private extract now costs CHF 17.
- The new statutory provisions affect how long a judgment is visible on a standard private extract and how long it remains stored in VOSTRA.
Caution when ordering an extract from the criminal excerpt on the Internet
The Swiss Criminal Records has received increased reports of deception when ordering criminal excerpt on the Internet.
Currently, the deceptive acts take place on the following websites:
An extract from the Register of Criminal Records can only be ordered on the website of the Federal Office of Justice: https://www.criminal-records.admin.ch
or over the counter at the post office.
It is no longer possible to pay the fee for an extract using a payment slip. Payment can only be made for online orders by debit card, credit card, PostFinance card or by TWINT. Alternatively, it is possible to order an extract at any post office.