The certificate of absence of sexual offences is proof of lack of these types of crimes. Since 2015, people working in regular contact with children are required to provide a certificate stating that they have not committed any crimes of this nature.
Who may request it
Anyone of legal age.
In the case of minors, they must be represented by a parent or legal guardian.
If the applicant is not Spanish, in addition to the Sex Offender certificate from the Central Registry, a certificate from their country of nationality stating absence of sexual crimes must also be submitted.
How to request it
The application, and delivery of the certificate will preferably be done electronically via the website of the Ministry of Justice, except in the case of minors. In this case, they must appear in person with a parent or legal guardian at any of the following offices:
- Gerència Territorial del Ministeri de Justícia a Catalunya - Oficina d'Expedició de Certificats d'Antecedents Penals, Últimes Voluntats i Assegurances
- Delegació del Govern a Catalunya - Registre Auxiliar Mallorca
- Delegació del Govern a Catalunya - Registre General Bergara
- Registro Central de Penados y Rebeldes
c/ San Bernardo, 45
And they must provide the following documentation:
- Original or certified copy of National ID card, residence card, passport, driving license or EU Community ID card or equivalent, any or all of which must be in effect, of the minor’s representative.
- Official Family Registration book, in the case of the child’s mother or father. In the case of a guardian, the original or certified copy of the document certifying representation of the child.
To obtain the Certificate of absence of sexual offences on the internet, you must have one of the electronic identification systems and access to the Electronic Headquarters of the Ministry of Justice. The Ministry of Justice’s Electronic Headquarters allows you to identify yourself using any of the following systems:
- e-DNI: your e-DNI certificate passwords must be valid and in force. To renew the certificates, please contact the interactive kiosks located in DNI issuing offices. These certificates are valid for up to five years from the time they are issued.
- Cl@ve PIN: this electronic identification system is based on the use of a password chosen by the user and a PIN communicated via SMS, which has a limited validity of 10 minutes. To use it, you must have previously registered on the Cl@ve system.
- Cl@ve permanente: is an authentication system based on a username and password. This system is designed for people who need frequent access to the government’s electronic services. You must previously register to activate the password.
- Electronic certificate: you can query the types of certificates on the website of the Fábrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre.
Once you have access to one of the previously mentioned authentication systems, you can request the certificate from The electronic Headquarters of the Ministry of Justice.
The following procedures have been established so that people working with minors can obtain the certificates in a more streamlined manner:
- When a governmental administration is requesting the certificate, citizens have the right to not submit the information and documents that public authorities already have. Therefore, authorising the administration to obtain that information about the person is sufficient.
- When a business or organisation that works with minors requests the certificate, the workers can authorise a representative of the business to apply for their personnel’s certificates as a group all at once.