What is a certificate of good character?

The certificate of good character may certify that the applicant:

  • has no criminal record,
  • is not banned from exercising public affairs,
  • is not banned from exercising any profession or any activity

based on the Hungarian criminal record system. The certificate is issued by the Hungarian Ministry of Interior.

Unlike the DBS check in the UK, a Hungarian Official Certificate of Good Character is issued upon the request of the individual concerned.

The certificate is valid for 3 months and issued only in Hungarian. However, you can request a legalised translation of the Hungarian document to English for an additional fee.

The certificate of good conduct will be issued as an electronic document, and then authenticated by the Consulate. If the authorities asking for the certificate do not accept this version, it is also possible to ask the Hungarian authorities for a paper document.

Who can apply?

Any person, regardless of nationality or place of residence, can apply for a certificate of good conduct, but only for his or her own data. The procedure for issuing a certificate of good conduct is initiated only upon request.

How to apply

The application must be submitted in person. Appointments shall be booked using the online booking system. For appointment, please select “Certificate of good character”.

What documents do I need to take with me?

  • Valid identity document (valid ID card or passport).
  • Form filled in but not yet signed. Follow the English instructions to fill in the Hungarian form. Please complete the form with a blue ink pen, in block letters in accordance with the rules of the Hungarian language.

If you need an official translation of the certificate of good character, please ask for it at the beginning of the procedure.

How long it takes

The procedure takes about 2 weeks as a general rule.

How much does it cost?

Please check this web page for the latest fees. Please note that there is an additional fee if you request a legalised translation of the Hungarian document to English.

Please note that we are a cashless office, card payment only!