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 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 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 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)

Information and documents you need:

  • Applicable fees
  • Proof of ID required

Special notes and considerations

Do NOT send your Consent to Disclosure of Information (NZ) form directly to the New Zealand Police Authorities. Instead, submit the Consent to Disclosure of Information (NZ) form to IRCC with your application.

The New Zealand Ministry of Justice certificate or similar is not accepted unless you are applying under the International Experience Canada (IEC) program.

International Experience Canada (IEC) applicants

You must submit a criminal conviction history from the Ministry of Justice.

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

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