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The Courts & Justice System

Criminal records for individuals

Apply for an electronic criminal record (in Icelandic)

The criminal record shows convictions and settlements in criminal cases. The record may be downloaded digitally or obtained in person from any office of Sýslumaður (District Commissioner) and the cost is 2,500 ISK.

For the digital record you must have an Icelandic electronic ID and a kennitala (ID number). If you have a kennitala (ID number), but not an electronic ID you can obtain the record in person from any office of Sýslumaður (District Commissioner).

Note that the digital record can only be obtained in Icelandic.

What does the criminal record show?

  • Violation of criminal law.

  • Violation of alcohol and controlled substance law .

Exceptions

  • Prison sentences over 5 years from conviction or from the time of release of sentenced served.

  • Other sentences over 3 years.

  • Measures according to the general criminal law, for example, placement in a healthcare facility or a rehabilitation center, if 5 years have passed since the measure was terminated.

Age limit

All individuals aged 15 and over may obtain a criminal record.

Processing time

Requests are processed as they arrive. The digital criminal record appears in the applicant’s inbox at island.is.

Issue of a criminal record on paper

Criminal record may be obtained in person from any office of Sýslumaður (District Commissioner). Personal identification is required.

Power of attorney to obtain criminal records

If an individual cannot retrieve the record themselves, they may give another person a written power of attorney, certified by two witnesses.

To retrieve the criminal record the agent must present the original power of attorney and their personal ID at any office of Sýslumaður (District Commissioner).

Apply for an electronic criminal record (in Icelandic)