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.

Current Vetting Processing Times

*****  COVID-19 SERVICE UPDATE *****

As a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Police Vetting Service is currently operating at a reduced capacity.

While we remain committed to ensuring continuity of service, this may impact our ability to meet our 20 working day service level.

If you have any urgent COVID-19 relating vetting requests, please contact us at

We are aware there is currently an issue with the RealMe verified identity and renew service, but you can use an existing RealMe verified identity.   Please refer to



As at 11/05/2020, the Police Vetting Service is meeting the service level agreement (SLA) of processing 90% of vetting requests within 20 working days.  

Vetting Requesters (agencies seeking a vet) can make enquiries at  or by calling us on (04) 474 9415

Vetting Applicants (those people who are the subject of Police vetting request) should contact the Vetting Requester if you have any queries.




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* 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.


Things we do

  • We process vetting requests submitted by approved agencies.
  • We process vetting requests that are required as part of a Children’s Worker Safety Check under the Children's Act 2014.
  • We process vetting requests for visas to selected countries
  • We release information to an approved agency that is relevant to the purpose of the vetting request and has a degree of substantiation.
  • We help approved agencies submit Australian Criminal History Check. (Australian criminal checks will incur a fee.)

Things we don't do

  • We don’t process vetting requests from individuals.
  • We don’t issue ‘Police Clearance certificates’. We do not have Police Certificate Clearance in New Zealand.
  • We don’t make recommendations on the suitability of an individual for employment.
    (Our role is to provide relevant information to an agency to allow them to make an informed decision.)
  • We don’t provide legal advice or guidance on interpreting the Children's Act 2014.
  • We don’t accept paper copies of forms. Vetting requests must be done online.


A Police Vet is not a National Security Clearance. The NZ National Security Clearance process is managed in accordance with the New Zealand government security clearance requirements administered by the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS). For more information about a National Security Clearance, visit the Protective Security Requirements website.