How to obtain a police certificate - Australia

Do I need to provide a police certificate when applying for permanent residence?
Yes. You may also need to provide a Traffic History printout, depending on which states you lived in while in Australia.

Which Australian police clearances are acceptable?

Applicants must provide a Standard Disclosure – name check. Certificates can be obtained through the Australian Federal Police.

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.
  • Residents of Victoria must submit a Licence History Search which goes back to their 18th birthday or the day on which their first Australian driver’s licence was issued. 

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

Which Australian police clearances 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(s) if the applicant, while over 18 years of age, lived in Queensland and/or Victoria

How and where do I obtain one?

The following form is required: Australian Federal Police National Police Check (NPC) Application Form.

Applicants may obtain the form for the Australian Federal Police check 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
Website: www.afp.gov.au

IMPORTANT: When filling out the Australian Federal Police National Police Check (NPC) Application Form, enter Code Number 35 in section 1 (Purpose of NPC).

Where can I apply for a Traffic/Driving History Report?

(traffic history reports from other Australian states and territories are not required)

Where does the police send my police certificate?

The Australian Federal Police will send the certificate directly to the address you will nominate in section 4 of the Australian Federal Police National Police Check (NPC) Application Form.

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.

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