Singapore Police Force
Applicants residing overseas can apply and pay for COC via the eCOC webpage. Upon successful submission of the application, the Acknowledgment Slip must then be printed out and mailed to COC office, along with the applicant’s hardcopy fingerprint impressions taken by an authorised institution at the country of residence.
Below is a walk-through of the process:
Applicants Residing Overseas
Step 1: Apply for COC at the SPF eServices webpage
Step 2: Complete the online forms & make payment via Credit/Debit Card or I-Banking
Step 3: Print the Acknowledgement Slip
Step 4: Take fingerprint impressions at an authorised institution
Step 5: Mail the Acknowledgement Slip and hardcopy fingerprint impression to COC office
The electronic Certificate of Clearance (eCOC) is an eService provided by the Singapore Police Force (SPF) which allows applicants to submit online applications for Certificate of Clearance (COC). COCs are issued by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the SPF, certifying that the applicant does not have any record of criminal conviction in Singapore within a stipulated period of time.
Processing fee of each COC application is SGD 55.00, for the certificate to be collected locally, in person or by a proxy, and SGD 60.00 for the certificate to be mailed to an overseas address. No refund is applicable if the applicant fails to provide fingerprint impressions for verification within 6 months from the date of COC application, or if the COC application is rejected for incomplete / fraudulent submission of documents.
On 1 February 2015, the amendment to Section 65B of the Road Traffic Act (RTA) was implemented.
To ensure that only drivers who blatantly disregard the safety of other road users by using their MCD while driving, 3 clear conditions were stipulated. For the offence of using MCD while driving to stand, ALL the following 3 conditions must be fulfilled:
(a) the vehicle is in motion; and
(b) the driver is holding on to any MCD with one hand; and
(c) the driver using any function of the MCD
[(c) includes making phone calls, paging for someone, receiving a call by pressing the keypad, surfing the Internet, playing games, sending of SMS.]
Using a MCD while the vehicle is stationery is not an offence. However, it is not advisable to do so as the driver should remain attentive to his/her surroundings at all times.
The online application will take approximately 15-30 minutes to complete, if all the required documents have been prepared beforehand. Upon acceptance of your application by COC office, you will receive an email/SMS notification to book for an appointment to have your fingerprint impressions taken at COC office, within six months from the time of notification. The COC will be issued to you after verification of your fingerprint impressions.
For applicants residing overseas, you will be required to mail a hardcopy of your fingerprint impressions taken at an authorised institution in your country of residence (such as police stations, notary public or licensed private fingerprint recorders), and enclose it with a copy of the eCOC Acknowledgement Slip, generated at the end of your online application. The COC will be mailed to your posting address indicated in the online application form, upon our receipt of the fingerprint impression and eCOC Acknowledgement Slip.
Below is a summary of the application process:
For Singapore Citizens
Step 1: Apply for COC at the SPF eServices webpageStep 2: Complete the online forms & make payment via Credit/Debit Card or I-BankingStep 3: Upon notification that the application has been accepted, Book a Fingerprint AppointmentStep 4: Visit COC Office for fingerprint takingStep 5: Collect the Certificate
For Non Singapore Citizens (Singapore Permanent Residents and Foreigners)
Step I: Appeal for eligibility to Apply for COC at the SPF eServices webpageStep II: Upon notification that the appeal has been approved, proceed to Apply for COC similar to steps 1 to 5