Who needs to provide police certificates

Depending on how long you plan to stay in New Zealand and the visa you apply for, you may need to provide police certificates to show your good character.

About police certificates

Police certificates are official documents issued by the police or a government agency. Based on official records and checks, they provide information about any criminal record you have.

They are sometimes called criminal checks, police clearance certificates or penal records.

Police certificates must be less than 6 months old when you submit your visa application.

Applying for a visitor, student or work visa

You must provide police certificates if you are:

Provide police certificates from any country you:

How to get a police certificate

If you have provided certificates before

If you are applying for a visitor or work visa, or for an Exchange Student Visa, you do not need to provide police certificates if:

If you are applying for a Fee Paying Student Visa you do not need to provide police certificates if you:

Good character for temporary visas

Applying for a resident visa

You must provide police certificates if you are 17 years or older.

Provide police certificates from:

How to get a police certificate

If you have provided certificates before

If you are applying for a Dependent Child Resident Visa or a Partner of a New Zealander Resident Visa, you do not need to provide police certificates if:

Good character for residence visas