How to get a police certificate - New Zealand

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

Name of document(s) to get: Criminal History Report

How to get a Police Certificate:

If you are a citizen of New Zealand:

If you live in New Zealand:

You must include all of the following with your Application for Permanent Residence:

  • A clear photocopy of your current photo/ID page and signature page of your passport
  • Completed Consent to Disclosure of Information (NZ) form. When completing the Consent to Disclosure of Information (NZ) form, please:
    • Provide your current or last known New Zealand address
    • Sign and date the Consent to Disclosure of Information (NZ) form
    •  Ensure a clear photocopy of the photo/ID page and signature page/s of your passport is/are attached to the Consent to Disclosure of Information (NZ) form (the photocopy of your passport does not need to be certified or notarized)

If you are applying in Sydney, Australia, the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) Office in Sydney processing your application will work with the appropriate authorities to obtain the required Criminal History Report on your behalf.

If you are not applying in Sydney, Australia, the CIC Office processing your application will send the completed forms to the Immigration section in Sydney, Australia and officers there will work with the appropriate authorities to obtain the required Criminal History Report on your behalf. Sydney will send the Criminal History Report to the Immigration office processing your application.

If you live outside of New Zealand:

You must include all of the following with your Application for Permanent Residence:

  • A clear photocopy of your current photo/ID page and signature page of your passport
  • Completed Consent to Disclosure of Information (NZ) form. When completing the Consent to Disclosure of Information (NZ) form, please:
    • Provide your current or last known New Zealand address
    • Sign and date the Consent to Disclosure of Information (NZ) form
    •  Ensure a clear photocopy of the photo/ID page and signature page/s of your passport is/are attached to the Consent to Disclosure of Information (NZ) form (the photocopy of your passport does not need to be certified or notarized)

If you are applying in Sydney, Australia, the CIC Office in Sydney processing your application will work with the appropriate authorities to obtain the required Criminal History Report on your behalf.
If you are not applying in Sydney, Australia, the CIC Office processing your application will send the completed forms to the Immigration section in Sydney, Australia and officers there will work with the appropriate authorities to obtain the required Criminal History Report on your behalf. Sydney will send the Criminal History Report to the Immigration office processing your application.

If you are not a citizen of New Zealand:

If you live in New Zealand:

You must include all of the following with your Application for Permanent Residence:

  • A clear photocopy of your current photo/ID page and signature page of your passport
  • Completed Consent to Disclosure of Information (NZ) form. When completing the Consent to Disclosure of Information (NZ) form, please:
    • Provide your current or last known New Zealand address
    • Sign and date the Consent to Disclosure of Information (NZ) form
    •  Ensure a clear photocopy of the photo/ID page and signature page/s of your passport is/are attached to the Consent to Disclosure of Information (NZ) form ( the photocopy of your passport does not need to be certified or notarized)

If you are applying in Sydney, Australia, the CIC Office in Sydney processing your application will work with the appropriate authorities to obtain the required Criminal History Report on your behalf.

If you are not applying in Sydney, Australia, the CIC Office processing your application will send the completed forms to the Immigration section in Sydney, Australia and officers there will work with the appropriate authorities to obtain the required Criminal History Report on your behalf. Sydney will send the Criminal History Report to the Immigration office processing your application.

If you live outside of New Zealand:

You must include all of the following with your Application for Permanent Residence:

  • A clear photocopy of your current photo/ID page and signature page of your passport
  • Completed Consent to Disclosure of Information (NZ) form. When completing the Consent to Disclosure of Information (NZ) form, please:
    • Provide your current or last known New Zealand address
    • Sign and date the Consent to Disclosure of Information (NZ) form
    •  Ensure a clear photocopy of the photo/ID page and signature page/s of your passport is/are attached to the Consent to Disclosure of Information (NZ) form (the photocopy of your passport does not need to be certified or notarized)

If you are applying in Sydney, Australia, the CIC Office in Sydney processing your application will work with the appropriate authorities to obtain the required Criminal History Report on your behalf.

If you are not applying in Sydney, Australia, the CIC Office processing your application will send the completed forms to the Immigration section in Sydney, Australia and officers there will work with the appropriate authorities to obtain the required Criminal History Report on your behalf. Sydney will send the Criminal History Report to the Immigration office processing your application.

Information and documents you need:

  • Applicable fees
  • Proof of ID required

Special notes and considerations

Do I need to provide a Police Certificate for Express Entry?

Yes. If you are Invited to Apply (ITA) for Permanent Residence, you need to upload a police certificate in your Electronic Application for Permanent Residence (e-APR). Please follow the instructions above to get your police certificate.

NOTE: CIC will not accept police certificates sent by mail for Express Entry applications.

Do NOT send your Consent to Disclosure of Information (NZ) form directly to the New Zealand Police Authorities.

The New Zealand Ministry of Justice certificate or similar is not accepted.

A Ministry of Justice certificate is only acceptable for the International Experience Canada (IEC) program.

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