Accreditation of International Real Estate Professionals

Accreditation process FAQs

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We are regularly asked questions about the AIREP accreditation process; here is a list of the questions that we are most frequently asked.

Why do I need to provide my police / criminal record?

How, and where can I obtain my police / criminal record?
In the UK In Spain

Why must I supply a reference?


Why do I need to provide my police / criminal record?

A criminal record check aids in identifying those deemed unsuitable to work with, or be in a position of responsibility and trust over the vulnerable. We consider that on many occasions the overseas property consumer is found in a situation of extreme vulnerability and for this reason AIREP accreditation is only available to those who have a clean criminal record.

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How, and where can I obtain my police / criminal record?


UK criminal records

Spanish criminal records



UK criminal records / police background check

This is also known as a Subject Access, Police Certificate or Disclosure and must be dated within the last 12 months.

A “Subject Access” is a summary of any data which is held about you on the National Police Computer (NPC). It is also sometimes known as an NPC check. Applicants based in Scotland or Northern Ireland should note that a Scottish Disclosure or Northern Ireland Subject Access will not be accepted on it's own – you must obtain a UK Police National Computer Subject Access.

The check costs approximately £10 and takes about 30-40 days to be issued. You will be required to send documentation to prove your identity; details of acceptable proof should be provided on the application form.

You can usually download the application forms for the Subject Access from your local police force website, click here for a list of local police forces, complete with contact details and links to their respective websites (look for links for ‘Freedom of Information' on their website). Your local police station should also be able to provide you with relevant forms.

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Spanish criminal record or "Cerificado de Antecedentes penales"

This document can be obtained in person, by post, or alternatively with your authorization, we can obtain it for you.

Obtaining the cerificate yourself   In person  By post

Getting us to obtain the certificate for you





Apply for the certificate in person:

The application must be made using Form 790, and be accompanied by a valid DNI (National Identification Card) or residence card (if you are not a Spanish citizen).

You must pay the administrative fee of €3.40 and present proof of this payment (mechanized stamped justification / receipt of the bank / financial entity where you paid it) along with the application form.

Applications in person for the cerificate of "Antecedentes Penales" must be made either at the Central Register of Convicted Offenders and Fugitives, or at offices of the Ministry of Justice. Click here for addresses and contact infomation.

Ordinarily the certificate is issued on the spot.

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Apply for the certificate by post:

The application must be made using Form 790, and be accompanied by a valid DNI (National Identification Card) or residence card (if you are not a Spanish citizen).

You must pay the administrative fee of €3.40 and include proof of this payment (mechanized stamped justification / receipt of the bank where you paid it).

The certificate will be sent to the address indicated in the form 790. In principle the certificate should be processed within 10 working days, but in many cases the time from sending the application to receiving the certificate can be well over a month.

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Get us to obtain the certificate for you:

With your authorization we can obtain the certificate on your behalf, to do this you will need to supply us with the following documentation:

Your signed authorization endorsed either by a civil servant (town hall, police, guardia civil) or a public notary.

An endorsed copy of your Spanish national identity card, if you are a not a Spanish citizen, an endorsed copy of your residence card.

Click here to request that we send you the neccessary authorizations, you will need to complete and sign these, and send them back to us.

Normally we can obtain the document within less than 10 working days.

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Why must I supply a reference?

References show us that other professionals within the sector are prepared to vouch for you, and just as importantly that they support your application.

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