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Information on the Criminal Background Check

Update: As of August 1st, 2010 criminal background checks must be no more than 3 months old when submitted.
Update: As of April 10th, some consulates request another photocopy of the background check. Be sure to keep a photocopy of the background check.

Canadian Citizens:

You must request a regular criminal background check and then have it notarized by the Korean Consulate assigned to your area. Here is a step-by-step of the process:

  1. Visit your local police department and request a Criminal Background Check. Note: As of June 2009 they are no longer requesting the Vulnerable Sector Search. Just a regular background check is acceptable.
  2. Once you receive the check, you must have it notarized by a Notary Public or a lawyer.  Example of a company that provides the service: Inexpensive service in Toronto:
  3. Once your police check is notarized, you must bring it or mail it to your closest Korean consulate for their stamp of approval.  The cost for this is $2.20-$4.40 (cash or money order)  If you live too far, you can mail it, including the fee and the criminal background check along with a copy of your passport. If going in person, be sure to bring your passport as well. Here is the information depending on where you are:

Montreal Consulate

Toronto Consulate

Vancouver Consulate

Ottawa Consulate

U.S. Citizens:

Major Update as of August 1st, 2010:

US Citizens must now provide an FBI level check in order to obtain a visa to teach in Korea. Since the FBI check takes up to 12 weeks, applicants should apply for and obtain the FBI-level check as early as possible in the process.

FBI Check Application: Click Here (will open in new window)

IMPORTANT: When sending in the application for FBI check, make sure to include a separate note stating: "Please provide an FBI seal and signature from a Division Officer for the purpose of obtaining a Federal Apostille."
(You will need to make sure this is done as the FBI check needs this signature on it in order for you to be able to get an Apostille, which is the next step. It must be requested specifically and can just be written on a piece of paper and included in the application.)

FBI Check Apostille: Click Here (will open in new window)


All other applicants:

You must receive a criminal background check from your local police department and then have it verified as per the instructions of your local Korean Embassy.  Please call the consulate or embassy in your area in order to be updated on their latest requirements for the criminal background check:


Click here for a link to a company that provides disclosures for the UK In the UK, it is called Basic Disclosure

Click here for info on how to get an Apostille


Apostille info:

The Department of Foreign Affairs
Consular Section
Department of Foreign Affairs
69 - 71 Hainault House
St. Stephen’s Green

Telephone: +353 1 408 2174
+353 1 408 2322

Department of Foreign Affairs-Consular Services
1a South Mall
Telephone: +353 21 494 4777
Fax: +353 21 494 4772
E-mail:  NA
Price: € 20 for each Apostille.
Useful Links:

Korean Consulate(61-2-9221-3866 or 61-2-6270-4100)

The Secretary to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
R.G. Casey Building
John McEwen Crescent
Barton, ACT 0221

Telephone: +61 (2) 6261 3644 / +61 (2) 6261 1111

Click here for a link to getting your National Police Check through AFP (Fingerprint check not required at this time)

Click here for info on how to get an Apostille (Scan down the page)

New Zealand

Department of Internal Affairs, Authentication Unit
By Courier
Authentication Unit
Level 13
Prime Property Tower
86-90 Lambton Quay
Wellington 6011
New Zealand

By Standard post
Authentication Unit
c/o The Translation Service
PO Box 805
Wellington 6140
New Zealand 
Telephone: +64 (4) 470 2928
Fax: +64 (4) 470 2921
Contact person: Carlee Reid
Website -
Price: NZD $40 per Apostille certificate
NZD $15 per copy Certificate (Apostille of identical document / same issuing authority)

Useful Links:

South Africa

Apostille info:

Any magistrate or additional magistrate
Any registrar or assistant registrar of the Supreme Court of South Africa
Any person designated by the Director-General: Justice
Any person designated by the Director-General: Foreign Affairs
Address: Any registrar or assistant registrar of the Supreme Court of South Africa:

Physical Address :
Constitutional Court
Constitution Hill
(cnr Queen- and Sam Hancock/Hospital Streets)

Postal Address:
Constitutional Court
Constitution Hill
Private Bag X1
South Africa
Telephone: +27 (11) 403-8032
+27 (11) 359-7460
Fax: +27 (11) 403-6524

Department of Justice
Postal address
Private Bag X81

Street address
Momentum Centre
329 Pretorius Street (c/o Pretorius and Prinsloo Streets) PRETORIA
South Africa
Telephone: +27 (12) 315 1111
Fax: +27 (12) 357 1112
General website: