New Zealand Criminal Records Checks

Criminal Record Checks and Police checks are commonly performed when considering a person for a position of trust.

Conduct Your Own gives you direct access to the forms and information needed to conduct your own criminal records search.

Free Records

Criminal History Checks are available free of charge at this time in New Zealand. Why pay when you can do it yourself?

Official Police Checks

Criminal Record Check

Delivery: Up to 28 days
Provider: Ministry of Justice NZ

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Application: PDF form download, complete, lodge via mail.

Availability: Yourself or Third Party (Release Required)

Details: Covers criminal and traffic convictions recorded in New Zealand

Contact: 04 918 8800

Additional Info: This document acts as Police Clearance Certificate for the purposes of overseas travel.

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Unofficial Criminal Records Checks

Locate a Prisoner

Delivery: 7 days (est)
Provider: Department of Corrections

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Usage: To determine whether someone is in a New Zealand prison or in which prison they are located.

Availability: Anyone given consent

Details: Information required to conduct a check includes full name and date of birth, your name, reason for enquiry and postal address.


Additional Info: If the person is found to be in prison they must provide their consent for the release of information.

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Offenders Database

Delivery: Instant
Provider: Sensible Sentencing Trust

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Usage: Online database of offender information searchable by date, offence type and more.

Availability: Anyone can search

Details: Database is a volunteer driven effort by members of the public that contains information sourced from court and media documents. Conains information of serious violent offenders as well as sexual offenders.

Contact: 06 835 5521

Additional Info: This database is by no means a complete list of offenders. If you should have information on an offender, listed or not, you may add the details to the database.

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The use of a Criminal History Check

Criminal records have a variety of uses, but they are commonly obtained during a Background Check or when obtaining a Security Clearance. During the hiring process, an employer may choose to conduct a criminal history check so as to protect themselves against potential lawsuits.

In certain professions, such as within the cleaning industry, having all employees and contractors pass a police check is not only a relatively common practice but it is also used as a marketing tool to establish trust and build confidence with prospective clients (ie – all staff are police checked).

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