How do I get a 'police clearance certificate' or criminal record?

How do I get a 'police clearance certificate' or criminal record?

If you are convicted of a crime, a criminal record is created. This is the New Zealand equivalent of a ‘police clearance certificate’, ‘police record’, ‘police file’, ‘police check’ or ‘criminal check’. If you are asked for any of these, a copy of your criminal record from the Ministry of Justice should meet the requirements. If you have no convictions, you will receive a letter stating that is the case.

To apply, visit the Ministry of Justice website’s section on criminal records.

Police provide approved organisations with a vetting service for potential employees or volunteers which is also sometimes called a ‘police clearance’ or a ‘police check’. Find out about Police vetting.