Hungarian Certificate of Good Conduct

At times, you might be required to submit a Hungarian Certificate of Good Conduct (CGC), which is a police criminal record check. This certificate is sometimes also referred to as Jó magatartás tanúsítványa. Although the process of applying for your certificate might seem simple, there are some catches, such as long waiting periods, which can make it hard for individuals to apply for their certificates in person.

The Criminal Records Authority is responsible for issuing Hungarian Police Clearance Certificates. These certificates may be requested in order to establish or maintain a legal relationship and certify conditions set out in the Hungarian law. Official Certificates of Good Conduct are public documents which can be used for legal purposes.


What is a Hungarian Certificate of Good Conduct?

It is a certificate that proves the lack or existence of criminal records that appear in the registry of criminal offences in Hungary. The Hungarian Certificate of Good Conduct is issued by the Criminal Record Department, located in Budapest.

Whenever a CGC  has to be used for official applications abroad it will also have to be legalised. Your destination country has to be indicated in the application form. As of February 2019, in cases where your destination country is a member of the European Union, negative certificates of criminal records and documents issued by the Civil Registries, including documents, are exempt from legalisation or apostille.


How long does it take to issue a Hungarian Certificate of Good Conduct?

It is wise to keep in mind that in certain cases, such as technical incidents, there might be a delay in the processing times of such documents. In general, however, you can expect to receive your certificate within four weeks from the date of your application.


Why do I need a Good Conduct Certificate?

A valid Certificate of Good Conduct will have to be produced in the event where Hungarian nationals apply to live or work abroad. Applying for these certificates in person can be a lengthy process, but when you use a document specialist like Evergration, the turnaround time can be considerably shorter.

In order to obtain your Hungarian Certificate of Good Conduct, you will need to supply us with the following:

  • Proof of your residential address
  • Passport-style photos, which will be used for the issuing of your certificate
  • Scanned copies of your passport


The validity of the Good Conduct Certificate

Although there is no set time for which the Hungarian Good Conduct Certificate is considered to be valid, embassies, high commissions, consulates and other authorities only accept Police Clearance certificates that are no older than three months old. Keep in mind that there are some countries that only see these certificates as valid if they are less than one month old. It is your responsibility to check with relevant authorities before lodging an application.


How we can help you

If you have to obtain your Hungarian Police Clearance Certificate, rest assured that the team is here to help. We are legal document experts and can help take the stress out of the situation. Get in touch with us to learn more about our range of services and how we can help you apply for and obtain all of your legal documents!