How to Obtain Police Clearance Certificate Through Absher?

Getting a cup of coffee at my favourite Riyadh corner café, I overheard a frantic conversation that piqued my curiosity.

A young couple, clearly stressed, were discussing needing a “police clearance certificate” before their upcoming final exit.

The urgency in their voices resonated with me – that feeling of navigating unfamiliar bureaucracy in a foreign land.

Back then, obtaining this document felt like deciphering an ancient riddle.

But fear not, fellow Riyadh residents and expat explorers!

Today, I’ll crack the code “how to obtain police clearance certificate online, all thanks to the Absher.

What’s Police Clearance Certificate (Saudi PCC)

Think of your PCC as a squeaky-clean report card showcasing your legal standing in Saudi Arabia.

It details any criminal convictions or ongoing legal proceedings, essentially telling the world you’re not Public Enemy Number One.

This document opens doors – literally!

It’s often mandatory for visa applications, job hunting abroad, and even university admissions in certain countries.

Also, it’s essential to come back to Saudi Arabia on a new visa after the Final Exit.

Step-by-Step Guide to Obtain Saudi PCC Online Through Absher

Remember the good old days when getting your PCC meant battling long queues at police stations?

Thankfully, those days are gone!

Recently, Absher, the Saudi government’s e-services platform, launched a streamlined online process to obtain police clearance certificate.

This digital wave eliminated the paper chase and made obtaining your PCC as effortless as ordering your favourite shawarma at your favourite top restaurants in Riyadh (almost!).

With your trusty laptop and a steaming cup of motivation, follow these steps to conquer the Absher realm and claim your police clearance certificate:

  • Navigate to Absher, select “Individuals“.
  • Log in using your credentials and verify sign-in with OTP.
  • Select “Electronic Services” from left menu (Usually, when you login it is the default page).
Select "Electronic Services" from left menu (Usually, when you login it is the default page).
  • Click on the “My Services” option.
Click on the "My Services" option.
  • Choose “General Services“.
Choose "General Services".
  • Click, the “Absher Reports” option.
Click, the "Absher Reports" option.
  • Click “Request a Report” button.
Click "Request a Report".
  • Select “Criminal Records Report“, “Language” and click “Next” button.
  • Fill the options accordingly and click “Next” button.
    • Country: Choose the country for which you need the police clearance certificate for.
    • Purpose: Choose the purpose of why you need this police clearance certificate for.
Fill the options accordingly and click "Next" button.
  • Now click, “Pay” button to pay report fees.
Now click, "Pay" button to pay report fees.
  • Pay the SR 57.50 fee including VAT.
Pay the SR 57.50 fee including VAT.
  • Voilà! Your police clearance clearance AKA criminal clearance certificate document appears, ready to be downloaded and printed.
    • If it is under review, Relax! It takes roughly 1-4 hours for Absher to craft your police clearance certificate after payment.
Voilà! Your police clearance clearance document appears, ready to be downloaded and printed.

Print Saudi Arabia Police Clearance Certificate Online Through Absher

Once the certificate is ready, follow these steps to claim your paper prize:

  • Return to Absher, your trusty portal.
  • Click “My Services,” then “General Services,” and finally, “Absher Reports.”
  • Choose “View Previous Requests,” a chest of past Absher reports.
Choose "View Previous Requests," a chest of past Absher reports.
  • Find the “Criminal Records Report” you requested earlier.
  • Click “View Certificate,” and you can download and printed.
Click "View Certificate," and you can download and printed.


Can I get the PCC if I’m not a Saudi citizen?

Absolutely! As long as you have a valid Iqama residency permit, you’re eligible for it.

Do I need an appointment at the police station?

Nope! Absher takes care of everything online. No more battling long queues.

How long is the certificate valid?

Your police clearance certificate is valid for 30 days from the date of issuance.

Conclusion: Beyond the Police Clearance Certificate

Obtaining your police clearance certificate through Absher might seem like a small hurdle, but it’s a symbol of something much bigger.

It’s a testament to the evolving landscape of Saudi Arabia, where technology empowers residents and simplifies even the most complex tasks.

So, the next time you hear chatter about “police clearance certificate” at your favourite Riyadh café, remember this guide – and share the knowledge and the coffee. 😛

By the way, did this guide helped you?

Share your experiences and tips in the comments below!

Until next time Ma Salama, happy Abshering, buddies!

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