If you’re overseas and need your criminal record (criminal conviction history) you must fill in and send us this form:
You must also send us a copy of your valid identification (ID).
You can’t request your record over the phone or without the form.
You can either:
In both cases you must sign a 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:
You can mail your form and ID to us.
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 process your request within 20 working days (about 4 weeks). This is from the date we receive your completed application. It doesn’t include mail delivery time.
Please wait until 20 working days after you have sent your request to call us about when you’ll receive it.
If your completed 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.
You can get your record sent to you by courier to an overseas address. To do this you’ll need to arrange the courier and pay their fee. You’ll need to pay the courier company directly, not the Ministry of Justice. You will also need to contact us first. This is so you can make sure your record is ready to be sent.
If you’re eligible for a clean slate, your record will automatically be concealed under the Clean Slate scheme. You can also ask for your full record. To do this, 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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