You can now request your own criminal record check online.

Apply online(external link)

Before you begin you must have the following documents ready:

  • Valid Identification
  • Signed and dated Proof of Signature Form [PDF, 552 KB]
  • The above will be uploaded and should be saved as either a .JPG, .JPEG, .PNG, or .PDF file format and must be no larger than 6MB for each document

To ensure compatibility, please use Adobe Acrobat for PDFs.

If you’re unable to apply online, you can still complete a paper form.

You also must send us a copy of your valid identification (ID).

You can’t ask for your record over the phone or without the form.

How to fill in the paper form

Request your own criminal conviction history [PDF, 265 KB]

Read our tips to avoid delays

You can either:

  • fill in the form electronically (type in the details) and sign it, or
  • print out the form then fill it in by hand, using blue or black pen, and sign it.

Providing a copy of your ID

We use the copy of your ID to check that the right person has filled in the form. Your ID must:

  • be a clear and readable copy
  • exactly match the details in your form – write your name on the form exactly as it is on your ID
  • not be defaced.

You must use one of the following:

  • Your New Zealand driver licence. This can be current or expired within the last 2 years, but must not be cancelled or a temporary licence.
  • Your New Zealand passport. This must be signed and can be current or expired within the last 2 years, but must not be cancelled.
  • Your overseas passport. This must be signed and current.
  • Your New Zealand firearms licence. This must be current.

If you don't have any of these, you'll need to ask someone to confirm your identity or you will need to complete a statutory declaration.

Proof of identity form [PDF, 219 KB]

Statutory declaration form [PDF, 545 KB]

Sending your form and copy of your ID

Mail your form and ID

You can mail your form and ID to:

Postal address:
Criminal Record Applications
EX 11064

If you use a DX mail box your mail will get to us faster(external link)

Cost of your record

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.

Find out more about the Clean Slate scheme and concealing convictions

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.

Department of Internal Affairs Apostille service website(external link)

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