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What is the content of a certificate of conduct?

The content of a certificate of conduct is described in section 32 of the Federal Central Criminal Register Act.

Section 32 subs. 2 of the Federal Central Criminal Register Act determines what convictions are not to be included in a certificate of conduct. In order not to arrive at a false result, please however particularly note section 32 subs. 1 sentence 2 of the Federal Central Criminal Register Act.

Section 32 subs. 3 of the Federal Central Criminal Register Act regulates which entries are included in a certificate of conduct for authorities in contradistinction to section 32 subs. 2 of the Federal Central Criminal Register Act.

In principle, convictions are not included in the certificate of conduct for an unlimited period, see further information below.

Section 33 of the Federal Central Criminal Register Act
Non-inclusion of convictions after expiry of deadline

(1) Convictions shall no longer be included in the certificate of conduct on expiry of a specific deadline.

(2) This shall not apply to convictions by means of which

  1. life imprisonment has been imposed if the remainder of the punishment has not been remitted in accordance with section 57 subs. 2 sentence 3 in conjunction with section 56 g of the Criminal Code or by way of a pardon,
  2. preventive detentionhas been ordered, or
  3. accommodation in a psychiatric hospital has been ordered in case of an application for a certificate of conduct for authorities (section 30 subs. 5 and section 31).

The length of the period after expiry of which a conviction is no longer to be included in the certificate of conduct will be found in section 34 of the Federal Central Criminal Register Act. So that the result of your calculation is not incorrect, please also pay particular attention to section 34 subs. 2, as well as to sections 36-38 of the Federal Central Criminal Register Act.

If you need to know for certain the precise date from which a specific conviction is no longer to be included in the certificate of conduct and the above information does not enable you to solve the problem yourself, please send the Federal Office of Justice your question in writing. The query must always contain your personal details (maiden name, family name, all forenames, date and place of birth), as well as your residential address, and be signed by you.

Please appreciate that enquiries forwarded by e-mail are not answered for reasons of data protection.

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