How to Get a Police Certificate – Australia

Do I need to provide a Police Certificate with my Application for Permanent Residence? Yes

Name of document(s) to get:

  • Australian National Police Certificate – Standard Disclosure – name check only (issued by the Australian Federal Police)
  • Traffic History (for residents of Queensland only)
  • Full Licence History Search (for residents of Victoria only)

How to get a Police Certificate:

If you are a citizen of Australia:

If you live in Australia:

You must obtain the Australian Federal Police National Police Check (NPC) Application Form at:
Criminal Records – National Police Check
Australian Federal Police
Locked Bag 8550
Canberra City  ACT 2601
Australia
Telephone from Australia: (02) 6202-3333
Telephone from elsewhere: +61 2 6202-3333

Important: When filling out the Australian Federal Police National Police Check (NPC) Application Form, enter Code Number 35 in section 8 (Purpose of NPC).

Important: If you have lived in Queensland and/or Victoria, please also refer to Special notes and considerations for additional requirements.

If you live outside of Australia:

You must obtain the Australian Federal Police National Police Check (NPC) Application Form at:

Criminal Records – National Police Check
Australian Federal Police
Locked Bag 8550
Canberra City  ACT 2601
Australia
Telephone from Australia: (02) 6202-3333
Telephone from elsewhere: +61 2 6202-3333

IMPORTANT: When filling out the Australian Federal Police National Police Check (NPC) Application Form, enter Code Number 35 in section 8 (Purpose of NPC).

Important: If you have lived in Queensland and/or Victoria, please also refer to Special notes and considerations for additional requirements.

If you are not a citizen of Australia:

If you live in Australia:

You must obtain the Australian Federal Police National Police Check (NPC) Application Form at:

Criminal Records – National Police Check
Australian Federal Police
Locked Bag 8550
Canberra City  ACT 2601
Australia
Telephone from Australia: (02) 6202-3333
Telephone from elsewhere: +61 2 6202-3333

Important: When filling out the Australian Federal Police National Police Check (NPC) Application Form, enter Code Number 35 in section 8 (Purpose of NPC).

Important: If you have lived in Queensland and/or Victoria, please also refer to Special notes and considerations for additional requirements.

If you live outside of Australia:

You must apply for an Australian Federal Police National Police Check (NPC) Application Form, which can be obtained at:

Criminal Records – National Police Check
Australian Federal Police
Locked Bag 8550
Canberra City  ACT 2601
Australia
Telephone from Australia: (02) 6202-3333
Telephone from elsewhere: +61 2 6202-3333

Important: When filling out the Australian Federal Police National Police Check (NPC) Application Form, enter Code Number 35 in section 8 (Purpose of Check).

Important: If you have lived in Queensland and/or Victoria, please also refer to Special notes and considerations for additional requirements.

Information and documents you need:

  • Applicable fees.

Special notes and considerations

Australian police clearances that are not acceptable:

  • Photocopies of a clearance
  • Certificates issued by the state police authority
  • Certificates issued on the basis of a “Complete Disclosure”
  • Any certificate, if it is not accompanied by a Traffic History Report and/or Full Licence History Search if the applicant, while over 18 years of age, lived in Queensland and/or Victoria

Important and mandatory: Additional requirements apply for those who lived in or currently live in the States of Queensland and/or Victoria after their 18th birthday:

  • Residents of Queensland must submit a Traffic History which goes back to their 18th birthday or the day on which their first Australian driver’s licence was issued .Please apply through Qld Transport.
  • Residents of Victoria must submit a Full Licence History Search which goes back to their 18th birthday or the day on which their first Australian driver’s licence was issued. Please apply through VicRoads.

Driving history reports will be directly given/sent to you by the departments of transport of the state where you live or previously lived. An immigration file number, if available, should be endorsed/written on the certificate.

Applicants who are unable to provide a Traffic History or a Full Licence History Search must provide evidence, issued by the Queensland and/or Victoria roads authority, stating that they have never held a driver’s license in that state.

Traffic history reports from other Australian states and territories are not required

The Australian Federal Police will send your police certificate directly to the address you nominate in section 6 of the Australian Federal Police National Police Check (NPC) Application Form.

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