Criminal record Certificate

The criminal record register contains all criminal law convictions and is managed centrally by the Department of Police Records (Strafregisteramt) at the Vienna Federal Police Headquarters (Bundespolizeidirektion Wien). The criminal record certificate is a document detailing either all of a person’s registered convictions or stating that there are no such convictions.

Criminal record certificates are issued upon application. Applications may be filed with any competent authority (in Austria:  Federal Police Headquarters or the mayor), abroad: the Austrian consular representation authorities.

In order to verify the applicant’s identity, he/she must appear in person at least once before the responsible authority – either when applying for or when collecting the certificate. Applicants may therefore be represented by another person for either the application or the collection of the certificate. This person is, however, required to present a power of attorney. 

In the event that appearance in person is considered unreasonable hardship for the applicant (due to illness, distance from home, frailty etc.) his/her signature on the application form may be certified by a notary, a court or another official authority and forwarded to the competent authority together with a copy of the applicant’s passport or ID. 

Documents required:

  • Application form
  • Official identification document with photo (e.g passport)
  • For proving former names (which must be mentioned in the application): e.g. birth certificate, marriage certificate, adoption certificate
  • For a “criminal record certificate for children and youth welfare purposes” (Strafregisterbescheinigung Kinder- und Jugendfürsorge)  in addition: a fully completed and signed  confirmation by the employer
  • consular fee € 42.00

Online application for a criminal record certificate, with the exception of a “criminal record certificate for children and youth welfare purposes” (which requires a confirmation by the employer and/or organisation), is possible using the Bürgerkarte (Citizens’ Card) or via Handy-Signatur (mobile phone signature).