It’s free to request a copy of your own criminal record.
When you’ll receive your record
We aim to process your request within three working days. This is from the date we get your form. It doesn’t include mail delivery time.
Tips to avoid delays
write clearly - if we can’t read your form we can’t process it
sign the form
follow all the instructions in the information sections of the form
check it’s correct before you send it
send it within 6 months.
If your form is dated 6 months ago or earlier we won’t process it. You'll need to fill in a new form. This is also the case if you change the date after you first fill in the form.
Asking for your full record
If you’re eligible for a clean slate, your record will automatically be concealed under the Clean Slate scheme. However, sometimes you need to give your full record, including convictions that have been concealed. For example, you might need a full record when you’re:
applying for some jobs (such as police, prison or probation roles)
involved in court cases or tribunal hearings
travelling to certain countries – check with the embassy or consulate of the country you want to travel to.
In most cases it is against the law for anyone to ask or make you reveal your full record.
If you need your full record, tick the full record of convictions box on the form.
Getting an authenticated or Apostille-certified record
Some countries may ask for your record to be authenticated or Apostille-certified (confirmed as genuine). In this case you should send the record you get from us to the Department of Internal Affairs Apostille service.