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The government's new network of information points could limit the legwork involved in getting official documents
No doubt you've heard all the puns before. "Czech me out," "Czech mate" or the painful "the Czech's in the mail." Here's one you might want to remember.
Czech Point is a government-run network of information points, located at town halls and post offices around the country, where you can pick up the most commonly requested official documents.
Documents which can be obtained from Czech Point are:
• A statement from the land registry (Výpis z katastru nemovitostí), which is useful if you are buying property and you want more information about the building
• A statement from the company registry (Výpis z Obchodního rejstříku), which is useful if you are planning to buy or do business with a company
• A statement from the trade license registry (Výpis z živnostenského rejstříku), if you need to know more about the business activities of a trade-license holder
• An extract from the penal register (Rejstřík trestů)
The new system promises to cut down the legwork involved in obtaining official documents and, in the words of the official Czech Point website, to place "offices in the palm of our hands."
For a full list of locations (in Czech), see the official Czech Point website.
(For locations in Prague, select the "PRAHA" option at the bottom of the "KDE JE CZECH POINT" dropdown menu.)
I should offer a caveat here. Czech Point probably won't reduce the total amount of bureaucracy you have to deal with. It only means that the information is available in one place.
WHY YOU MIGHT NEED CZECH POINT
Czech Point allows you to apply anonymously for statements from the land registry, commercial registry and trade license registry, and obtain an extract from the penal register.
Land Registry (Katastr nemovitostí)
A statement from the land registry can be obtained with the title deed of the property (list vlastnictví) or a list of properties (seznam nemovitostí).
If you use the title deed you must know the deed's number and in which cadastral area (katastralní území) the property is located.
If you take a list of properties, you should know the plot number (parcelní číslo) and cadastral area of any plots of land, and the house number and cadastral area of any buildings.
Commercial Registry/Trade License Registry (Obchodní rejstřík/Živnostenský rejstřík)
Extracts from the commercial or trade license registers can be obtained by providing the business's identification number or IČO (Identifikační číslo organizace).
By law, an extract should cost should be no more than 100 crowns for the first page and a maximum of 50 crowns for each subsequent page.
Penal Register (Rejstřík trestů)
An extract from the penal register (rejstřík trestů) can also be obtained from Czech Point at the same cost (50 CZK), and with the same documentation as you'd need if you visited the criminal records office in person.
Only someone with a rodné číslo (birth number) is able to use Czech Point to get an extract from the penal register, however. For foreigners this means only those with permanent residency (trvalý pobyt).
Unfortunately, expats with long-term residency (dlouhodobý pobyt) or those visiting the Czech Republic on tourist visas still have to make the trip out to Prague 4.
At the moment, it's not possible to have somebody make an application at a Czech Point terminal on your behalf. So if you give someone legal authorization (plná moc) to get your criminal record for you, they'll also still have to go to the Rejstřík trestů office.
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