The NZ Police Vetting Service provides criminal history checks on potential and current employees or volunteers to Approved Agencies that provide care to children, older people and vulnerable members of society in New Zealand. The Vetting Service also provides criminal history checks for overseas visas and work permits.

To check if your agency is eligible to use the NZ Police Vetting Service, please see the NZ Police Vetting Service Approval Criteria.

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Vetting website outage

Wednesday the 2nd of Sept from 6am until 12pm

The vetting website will be unavailable on Wednesday the 2nd of September from 6am until 12pm while the vetting service make updates. It will not be possible to submit vetting requests during this time. We apologise for the inconvenience.

Delays Servicing Vetting requests

Please be aware that the Police Vetting Service is experiencing delays in their response times due to a number of factors. These delays may extend to 6 – 8 weeks and are expected to continue for a number of months. Agencies should bear these time frames in mind when submitting vetting requests and where possible are encouraged to take appropriate steps to cater for this situation.

If you wish to register for NZ Police Vetting, please have the person who will act as the main contact for your agency email us at Please see the Registration page for more details. 

Safety checking the children's workforce

New rules mean people who work with children must undergo a safety check. There are 4 different categories of worker and 4 years in which to get your workforce safety checked.

Download the Check 4 - Safety checking the children's workforce poster (PDF, 154KB).

Troubleshooting and FAQs

You can find the answers to frequently asked questions about key processes of the vetting system, or find out about how to troubleshoot when you are having problems while trying to vet someone.