Simplified Instructions for Obtaining an Apostille for a Police Record in Panama

  1. Obtain the Certificate: Request the criminal record certificate from the Directorate of Judicial Investigation (DIJ) in Panama, specifying the need for obtaining an apostille or legalizing it for international use.
  2. Verify Authenticity: Confirm that the certificate is signed by competent authorities before proceeding.
  3. Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Complete the online request for apostille or legalization on the Panamanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. Follow the email instructions to physically submit the document to the corresponding office and obtain the apostille or legalization certificate.
  4. Apostille: Upon payment of the required fees, a certificate of apostille will be issued and attached to the source document, featuring a QR code for electronic verification.
  5. Pick up the Apostilled Document: Collect the criminal record certificate with the apostille at the mentioned offices after the process.

If you need to live in another country, you can request your police record at the nearest Panamanian Embassy or Consulate. Alternatively, you can grant power of attorney to a Panamanian attorney, which must be signed and apostilled in the country where you are located or legalized at the nearest Panamanian Consulate or Embassy. Afterward, you can send the power of attorney by courier to Panama, and we can then visit the corresponding offices to initiate the process.

This procedure guarantees that your certificate is apostilled and has international validity, making it suitable for use in countries that are signatories to the Hague Convention of October 5, 1961, which ‘Abolishes the Requirement of Legalization of Foreign Public Documents.’ If you reside far from Panama City or even in another country, we offer courier services for apostille and shipping. For quotes, please contact us at +507 6290-3468 or