Using Interpol in Nicaragua for Police Report Requirement for Residency

INTERPOL is the world’s largest international police organization, with 190 member country clubs. Their role is to enable police around the world to work together to make the world a safer place. Their high-tech infrastructure of technical and operational support helps meet the growing challenges of fighting crime in the 21st century. This article is to inform you about the process to get an INTERPOL report to satisfy the police report requirement for residency. Scott and Nicki are a new couple to the Granada area. 

By Scott and Nicki Hed

Yesterday, we headed to Managua early to submit our information to Interpol for our police reports to process our residency application.  Our attorney had advised us before moving down here that it wasn’t necessary to get our police reports back home – it could be easily done in Managua,  She provided us with a list of items that are required, and this same list was posted at the security/entrance office at the National Policia campus near the Metrocentro Mall.  It is 2 blocks east of Plaza Sol.  The parking lot area is small, but we were fortunate to find a space.  We were told to get there early, as Interpol is only open from 8:00 am until 12:00 pm.  Due to heavy traffic into Managua, we arrived at the National Policia campus around 8:30 am.

You first enter a security office at the entrance gate.  Pass through a metal detector, and provide your passport information to be admitted to the campus.  We were joined by our driver, and he was helpful as our Spanish language skills aren’t close to passable yet. Our driver provided his ID card, which was kept at this security checkpoint in exchange for a visitor’s badge that he needed to wear.  We were directed to a nearby building and told that the Interpol office would be on the third floor.  Upon entering that building, we again presented our passports for admittance, and were directed to the elevators that took us to the third floor.

We arrived at the Interpol office and were the only ones there – good advice from our attorney to arrive early, as while were being processed a half dozen people arrived and formed a line in the hallway waiting for us to finish.

First, the officer took a look at the documents that we had brought with us.  These included 2 passport size photographs for each person, color copies of primary passport page and any passport pages with visa stamps on them, color copies of drivers license from home country, and the original receipt for $30 (per applicant) from a deposit that was made into the National Policia bank account at Bancentro/Lafise.  I had made the deposit at the Lafise branch in Granada two days before our visit to Interpol in Managua, and I had deposited $60 to cover the two of us.  This was a minor issue at the Interpol office, and it would have been easier if I had made 2 deposits of $30 each – one for each of us.  However, the officer got approval to accept the single deposit receipt as payment for both of our reports.

After being satisfied with our documents, the next thing we did was complete a fairly simple form that included typical identification information, occupation, addresses and phone numbers in home country as well as Nicaragua, and purpose for requesting the police report (residency application in our case).

Finally, we were fingerprinted.  Every thumb and finger on each hand.  Sort of messy, but you get a wet napkin to clean up afterward.

For preparation purposes, we were happy that our attorney explained what we found to be a fairly simple process and that she also provided a copy of the exact information that is required.  With the disclaimer that this is subject to change, here is the information on that list:

* Two passport-size color photographs

* Color copies of primary passport page and any pages with stamps on them.* Color copy of drivers license from home country

* Color copy of cedula from home country (if applicable)

* Original receipt for $30 deposit (per person) into the National Policia account at Bancentro/Lafise

   – Probably best to make a separate deposit for each person requesting a police report

* Information form to be completed at the Interpol office

* Fingerprints taken at the Interpol office

When it was all finished, we were given a name and a telephone number for an officer at Interpol and instructed to follow up by telephone in 15 days to see if our police reports are ready to be picked up.  Our fingers are crossed and we will report when we receive the police report.

DB – One issue I have heard with this process is that it is good for 60 days and often, the residency process takes longer than that so this should be done late in your procedures.



  1. John

    August 29, 2016 at 7:40 am

    What are examples of a “color copy of cedula from home country?” You have already stated that you will need a color copy of your drivers license and passport.

    • Darrell

      September 16, 2016 at 11:43 am

      In the case of the USA, they are referring to the passport.

  2. Nicaman

    September 1, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    Very comprehensive report. Almost identical to what I had to do to get my residency which was approved last year. I received the card last September.
    Only differences are that I didn’t get a lawyer because my wife was a Nicaraguan citizen. She basically got all the info from her contacts/web on the things I needed (e.g.: authenticated copies of marriage license, health certificate, income verification, etc.). The other difference is I did get a police report in the US and also the Interpol report in Managua.
    I also got my residency through INTUR which has more benefits than going through the Immigration route.
    Our next step is to get our guns transferred over to me now that I am a resident.

  3. purp

    September 9, 2016 at 11:04 am

    It’s absolutely crazy to me that people are still, in 2016, using “lawyers” to get their residency here in Nicaragua. It is so simple and laid out to the last detail on a prerequisite document sheet. And, to clarify and give the proper information, the INTERPOL report being valid for only 60 days has ZERO bearing on it’s validity once submitted to immigration other than the fact that you have to hand it into them before those 60 days are up. It can be done at ANY point during the process.

    I got my residency, including all of the notarized documents and everything AND the actual cost of the permanent residency card (cedula) and full work permit endorsement for right around $330 and had received my cedula in less than 90 days.

    Wake up people, it is NOT difficult and you do not need a lawyer! SO FREAKING EASY! And, I had received mine while under the age of 30. I don’t even really speak any Spanish either! Heck, you can come pay me HALF of what the lowest priced lawyer quotes you and you will get your residency in about half (or less) of the time for the same thing with higher permission (endorsements).


    • Darrell

      September 16, 2016 at 11:49 am

      It was relatively easy and fast for us too but the smallest issue can make the process difficult such as women changing their name, people that are citizens of the states but immigrated from another country. We did it without a lawyer. And even if immigration or INTUR accepts your INTERPOL report but 60 days go by before you receive your cedula then you must do it again. I know one person that waited nine weeks just for the interview. And it all depends on who you work with in Immigration, some make it very difficult for you.

  4. Nicaman

    September 16, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    We had a few things that really expedited things for us. Don’t want to give too many details but someone “in the know” helped us. This person and his driver drove us around Managua to get all the paperwork done, stamped and submitted. Biggest deal was getting all my documents translated to Spanish (birth certificate, marriage license, etc.) and certified by a lawyer. This took about 1 day. The last thing we did was go to the INTERPOL office in Managua to request the report. The whole process took us 3 days. I then returned to the US. When the INTERPOL report came back the driver picked it up and delivered it to INTUR.

    Once approved (took about 2 months) I returned to Nicaragua to get the card. They called me into the booth for finger prints, photo, signatures, etc. but wouldn’t let my wife in. I speak about 10 words of Spanish and they spoke no English so I didn’t know what they were telling me. They finally had to let her in to translate.

    I also have a funny story about the interview. We were out at our ranch in Pantasma and they called saying they were on their way to our house outside of Esteli and would be there in 2 hours. Quickest I ever made it was 2 1/2 hours! I guess they want to surprise you and make sure you really live where you say. This time I made it in 2 hours but one passenger will never ride with me again! I cracked a disc brake stopping for a horse by Lake Apanas! The next part is absolutely hilarious but my wife told me DO NOT put that on the Internet as it might get someone in trouble!

  5. D

    September 29, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    If you have a concealed weapon permit which requires FBI check do you need another verification of a lack of criminal record?

    • Darrell

      September 30, 2016 at 3:56 pm

      USA records do not apply here so yes, you will have to go through the whole process.

  6. Sasha

    November 25, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    Do you know the number to Interpol? I can only seem to find a fax # online and they forgot to give me their number when I left.

    • Darrell

      November 25, 2016 at 2:52 pm

      INTERPOL Managua 2278-6225

  7. Mia Cox

    December 19, 2016 at 10:18 am

    Hola. There is a size difference between US and Canadian passport photo size. Which is acceptable for Interpol please?