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Christmas hours

We wish to advise the Ministry of Justice Criminal Records Unit will be closed from 2:30pm Wednesday 24 December 2014 and will reopen 9:00am Monday 5 January 2015.

Please note that over this period we will not be processing criminal conviction history requests.

 

Criminal records

The Ministry of Justice can provide you with information you can use to show if you have a criminal record (called a ‘criminal conviction history’) or not. We can also send this to a person or organisation that you agree is allowed to see it.

What does a criminal conviction history provide?

A criminal conviction history is a list of criminal and traffic convictions and sentencing from court appearances. It does not include any Youth Court convictions before 1989. It also does not list any court appearances where you were not found guilty.

Criminal conviction histories apply the rules of the Criminal Records (Clean Slate) Act 2004.

How does the Clean Slate Act affect your criminal record?

The Criminal Records (Clean Slate) Act 2004 will provide those who qualify with a second chance by giving you the right to keep some information about your criminal convictions private.

If you meet all the criteria of the Criminal Records (Clean Slate) Act, your convictions will not be shown on your criminal conviction record, unless you specifically request it.

It is against the law for anyone to ask or make you show your full criminal record unless specific circumstances apply.

How to get a copy of your criminal record (‘criminal conviction history’)

To get a copy of your criminal record (called your ‘criminal conviction history’), please visit the page How to get a copy of your criminal conviction history.

How to get a copy of someone else’s criminal record (‘criminal conviction history’)

To get a copy of someone else’s criminal record (called their ‘criminal conviction history’), visit the page How to get a copy of someone else’s criminal conviction record.