The New Zealand Police Vetting Service provides criminal history checks and other relevant information on potential and current employees, volunteers and vocational trainees to Approved Agencies that provide care to children and vulnerable members of society. We also provide criminal history checks for overseas visas and work permits.

Evidence of Identity requirements for Police Vetting

The Vetting Service requires a high standard of evidence of identity to identify the applicant as accurately as possible in Police systems.

When checking an applicant’s identity documents:

- You must sight one primary and one secondary identity document and one must be photographic – see guide for list of acceptable documents.

- If, in rare cases, it is not possible for the applicant to provide a primary identity document (Passport, Birth Certificate, Firearms Licence etc.), then the vetting request may still be submitted provided that you, as the agency, have taken reasonable steps to verify the applicant’s identity. In such cases, we recommend sighting as many forms of secondary identity document as possible.

- If an applicant does not have a NZ Driver Licence, then please leave this field blank when submitting the vetting request (it is not a mandatory field). You must still sight an alternative form of photo ID.


Login to Vetting Services

Login with RealMe

* If this is your first time accessing the Vetting service, you will need to login with RealMe, then enter a Police ID and Activation code which was emailed to you by the Police Vetting team.


Services we provide

  • Process vetting requests submitted by approved agencies
  • Process vetting requests that are required as part of a Children’s Worker Safety Check under the Vulnerable Children Act 2014
  • Process vetting requests for Visas to selected countries
  • Release information to an Approved Agency that is relevant to the purpose of the vetting request and has a degree of substantiation.
  • Help approved agencies to submit an Australian Criminal History Check – note this incurs a fee.

Services we don't provide

  • Process vetting requests for individuals.
  • Issue ‘Police clearance certificates’. There is no such thing as Police Certificate Clearance in New Zealand.
  • Make recommendations on the suitability of an individual for employment – the role of the Vetting Service is to provide relevant information to an agency to allow them to make an informed decision.
  • Provide legal advice/guidance on interpreting the Vulnerable Children Act 2014.
  • Accept paper copies of consent forms for Police vetting. Vetting requests must be submitted online by agencies who have registered with the Vetting Service.