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Not really a 'starter' question, but should be helpful to others too.
Do any former Thai expats have any experience of getting a Thai police clearance by mail or agent, after they have left Thailand? I need to get mine done urgently.
On their website Thai police say they want 2 sets of fingerprints taken by Thai embassy or consulate, with the official's seal and signature. Now, in the US, neither the embassy nor the consulate provide this service and were unable to advice me on what I should do instead. My only hope now is the they accept finger prints taken by the city police here in the US, but if anyone has a better idea that has worked in the past, please let me know.
Also, has anyone used an agent in Thailand to get this done?
I've used local police twice now for taking the prints (USA and now here in Australia) and the authorities in Thailand have accepted it both times without issue, most recently a couple weeks ago. I recommend downloading the forms from the FBI's website and having it printed out on some thicker stock at an copy place.
I got mine done through A Plus Services and Consulting (https://www.a-plusservice.com/), which I found a link to on the official police check page. You can do it yourself from abroad but the police make it kind of inconvenient, so I just went with the agent. Not cheap at almost AU$300 but convenient and turnaround was much quicker, took one week to process and then they EMS'd the original back to me, after providing a scan by email as soon as they had it back from the police. You could also have a friend in Bangkok do it for you via a Power of Attorney form, but it's probably more hassle than it's worth, and I suspect the A+ people might have a "fast lane" for being processed, as it was much faster this time vs a few years ago when a friend's secretary did one for me.
You can pay by Paypal which is a significant plus, the police want you to pay their 100 baht application fee by international wire transfer (US$40 transfer fee at my bank)!
Hopefully this most recent time was the last for me! I hadn't even been back to Thailand since the first one I did, but Australian immigration is fussy about having them done within the last 12 months.