How to obtain a police certificate - New Zealand

Do I need to provide a police certificate when applying for permanent residence?

Yes, a criminal history report is required for all applicants aged 17 or older.

How do I obtain one?

The applicant must complete and sign Consent to Disclosure of Information (NZ) form, and attach a clear photocopy of their current photo/ID page and signature page of their passport to the form.

When completing the Consent to Disclosure of Information (NZ) form it is important to:

  • Ensure you provide your current or last known New Zealand address – this address is required for the processing of your NZ criminal history check
  • Ensure you sign and date the 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 – note that the photocopy of your passport does not need to be certified or notarized

How should I submit the Consent to Disclosure of Information (NZ) form?

The completed Disclosure of Information (NZ) form (PDF, 399 KB) and copy of your photo/ID and signature pages of your passport must be included in your visa application kit at time of submission to CIC.

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.

IMPORTANT: Applicants should not send their Disclosure of Information (NZ) form directly to the New Zealand Police Authorities.

Are other New Zealand Police Certificates acceptable?

No, a New Zealand Ministry of Justice certificate or similar is not acceptable substitute.

A Ministry of Justice certificate is acceptable for International Experience Canada (IEC) applicants.

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