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To check your criminal record (criminal conviction history) you must fill in and send us this form:
You also must send us a copy of your valid identification (ID).
You can’t ask for your record over the phone or without the form.
You can either:
In both cases you must sign the printed copy.
We use the copy of your ID to check that the right person has filled in the form. Your ID must:
You must use one of the following:
If you don't have any of these, you'll need to ask someone to confirm your identity. They do this by filling in step 5 on the form.
You can mail your form and ID to:
Criminal Records Unit
Ministry of Justice
Write the address as written above and send it the same way as any other mail. You can use an NZ Post mail box. If you use a DX mail box your mail will get to us faster(external link)
You can scan your form and ID and email them to us. You can send it as a: pdf, jpg, tif, png, doc or docx file.
Put only your first name and last name in the email subject line.
We aim to send you your record within 20 working days. This is from the date we get your form. It doesn’t include mail delivery time.
Please wait until 20 working days after we have received your request to call us if you haven’t received your record.
If you asked us to return your record by post, you should include mail delivery time.
Current processing delays
Because of high current demand you may not get your report within 20 working days (about 4 weeks). We're working hard to process requests as fast as possible. We're sorry for the inconvenience.
This calculates the maximum time limit within which a response must be sent.
If your form is dated 6 months ago or earlier we won’t process it. You will need to fill in a new form. This is also the case if you change the date after you first fill in the form.
If you’re eligible for a clean slate, your record will automatically be concealed under the Clean Slate scheme. However, sometimes you need to give your full record, including convictions that have been concealed. For example, you might need a full record when you are:
In most cases it is against the law for anyone to ask or make you reveal your full record.
If you need your full record, tick the box in step 3 of the form – ‘Full record of convictions’.
Some countries may ask for your record to be authenticated or Apostille-certified (confirmed as genuine). In this case you should send the record you get from us to the Department of Internal Affairs Apostille service.
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