If you’re unable to apply online, you can still complete a paper form to request your own criminal record.
Request your own criminal conviction history [PDF, 262 KB]
Read our tips to avoid delays.
You can either:
If you are using a paper form, you also must send us a copy of your ID.
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 or you will need to complete a statutory declaration.
You can mail your form and copy of your ID to:
Criminal Record Applications
Write the address as written above and send it the same way as any other mail. You can use an NZ Post mail box.
It’s free to request a copy of your own criminal record.
We aim to process your request within three working days. This is from the date we get your form. It doesn’t include mail delivery time.
We will send your report to the email address you provide on the form. If you do not provide an email address, we will send it by post.
To avoid delays in receiving your record:
If your form is dated six months ago or earlier, we won’t process it. You’ll 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’re:
In most cases it is against the law for anyone to ask or make you reveal your full record.
Find out more about the Clean Slate scheme and concealing convictions
If you need your full record, tick the full record of convictions box on the form.
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.
Department of Internal Affairs Apostille service website(external link)