Czechpoint, getting documents online or at the postoffice
Making it easier to get a výpis (an extract)The Czech government has launched Czechpoint in 2009 to make it easier to get official documents such as extracts for the trade license register, commercial court, land register, criminal record etc. etc.
The system can be used online at www.czechpoint.cz or at (larger) postoffices. The benefit is you can get documents from anywhere in Czech Republic, you do not have to travel anymore to the place the original document was issued.
Using Czechpoint or not
Commercial Court Extract / Company Formation documentsIf you are considering using the Czechpoint at the Prague main post office in Jindřisšká for an extract of commercial court (výpis z obchodního rejstríku) you may as well go to the Commercial Court near Námestí Míru (Mestský soud v Praze, Slezská 9, 120 00 Praha 2) or try a notary or smaller posrt office. Usually the lines are shorter.
For copies of the Company Formation documents (notarský zápis) a trip to the Commercial Court or the notary that produced it is required, since these cannot be obtained at Czechpoint at all.
Both the Court Extract and Company Formation documents can also be obtained as unofficial pdf from the website www.justice.cz
Trade License ExtractFor an extract of the trade license register (výpis z živnostenského rejstríku) you can go to Czechpoint or to any MestskýUrád in Czech Republic. All offices have access to data of all trade licenses issued in Czech Republic.
Czech Criminal ExtractFor a czech criminal extract (výpis z rejstríku trestů) it is better to go to CzechPoint, instead of the Criminal Court near metro Pražského Povstání (Rejstřík trestů, Soudni 1, Praha 4 Nusle), since you may have to wait for hours if there are long lines.
Processing the request is not immediate, and depends on your nationality. It can strech from a few hours to a few weeks. Note that for a czech criminal extract at Czechpoint a 3rd-Country National will need to show a birth certificate. Without it, you will have to go to the criminal court anyway since they do not require the birth certificate, only the passport.
Landregister / Kadastral ExtractAs official government bodies now also can look directly in the Land Register near metro Kobylisy (Katastr / Ceský úrad zememerický a katastrální, Pod sídlištem 9/1800, Praha 8) there is no need anymore to bring a výpis z katastru when registering a trade license, but should you require one, then this can be done at Czechpoint.
Note that sometimes it is hard to find with just the address, you may need the kadastral building number and apartment number (sooo, provide kadastral information in order to get a extract with the same info from the Katastr - yes, you read it right. It is backward.)
Using Czechpoint onlineIf you want to use the system online, at www.czechpoint.cz you must first have an electronic signature for some (but not all) documents. In order to get this electronic signature, you will have to wait for a registered letter that you can pick up at the post office. With that, you can order your document, which again will arrive in a registered letter. Kafka anyone?
Since the majority of the people only need official document sporadically (if at all), it seems that instead of ordering online, going to the Czechpoint at the postoffice is not only much quicker (you get your document on the spot) but also much less complicated.
Usefulness of Czechpoint documentsCzechpoint documents do always not look like the original documents. For example at Commercial Court you get an 'official copy' with the kolky (green, glued paper stamps), much like the original document.
The Czechpoint document is a printout you also can get yourself at www.justice.cz, the only difference is that somebody stamped it to prove it is a legally valid copy.
Furthermore, notaries and czech authorities have nowadays access to an online database (basically the same as Czechpoint is using), so in many cases they do not even require a paper copy of your extracts anymore.