What the Clean Slate scheme means for your criminal record
If you meet all of the requirements:
your criminal convictions are automatically concealed
you can say you have no convictions if you are asked about your criminal record in New Zealand. (Note that there are some cases when you will have to provide your full record. Read about these below.)
you can still see your convictions if you ask for your full record of convictions
no one can ask you to give your full record, except in the cases covered below.
All your convictions will show on your record again if you:
get another conviction
don’t fully pay any court-ordered fine, compensation or costs
get permanently banned from driving.
Then you’ll need to give all your convictions when asked. This will apply until you meet all the requirements again.
Cases when you may have to provide your full record
Even if the Clean Slate scheme applies to you, you may sometimes need to give your full record.
Travelling or living overseas
The Clean Slate scheme does not apply outside New Zealand. When you travel to some countries you may need to give your full record. Check with the embassy or consulate of the country you want to travel to. You can get embassy contact details from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade.