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Apply For a Criminal Record in Cuba

Jun 11 , 2024

A criminal record certificate is an official document that certifies whether a person has a criminal record.

A clean criminal record can be helpful in demonstrating your trustworthiness and speaks volumes about your past, which can be useful in obtaining insurance, licenses, and other citizenship benefits.

Due to its relevance, the criminal record certificate may be required for the completion of various types of procedures, including employment background checks, immigration procedures, international travel procedures, etc.

What is the validity of a criminal record certificate?

The Ministry of Justice increased the validity of criminal records from six months to one year at the end of last year.

With this measure, the Ministry of Justice aims to avoid the burden of paperwork for citizens and to avoid overloading the offices of the Central Register of Sanctioned Persons of the Ministry of Justice throughout the year.

Procedures for Obtaining a Criminal History Record Certificate

On thewebsite.Cuban citizens may apply for their criminal record certificate at the Ministry of Justice website.

On the page, you will find a short form. You will be asked to provide some information about yourself and the nature of your request.

The certificate can be picked up within 72 working hours after the request is made, at the corresponding unit, as reported on the same web page. At the time of pick-up you must provide a stamp for 5 CUP.

How to make a criminal record certification effective abroad?

You can request your criminal record certificate at the International Legal Consultancy corresponding to your place of residence, or by e-mail at [email protected].


As previously mentioned, the cost of obtaining this document for use within the national territory is 5 pesos in stamps, but for use abroad the price varies depending on whether the citizen is a permanent resident in the national territory or abroad.

  1. For those residing in the national territory

Criminal Record Certificate: 1250.00 CUP + 5 CUP in stamps.

Legalization of the Criminal Record Certificate at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MINREX): 375 CUP + 20 CUP in stamps.

  1. For natural persons, foreigners and Cuban permanent residents abroad:

Obtaining a criminal record certificate: 1250.00 CUP + 125 CUP in stamps.

Legalización de antecedentes penales en el Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores (MINREX): 375 CUP + 500 CUP en sellos de timbre

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