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How long does it take to get a NZ Police Check

How long does it take to get a NZ Police Check

Author -  Vicki Kenny

How long does it take to get a NZ Police Check?

That's a common question we get asked daily! 

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So - NZ Police Checks are provided by the Ministry of Justice. 

  • This takes around 4 weeks but the NZ criminal record you receive in return is free (at the moment).
  • You fill in a form that you download online of the Ministry of Justice Website - and you fill it and and send it to them by snail mail with evidence of your Photo ID to prove it's you. 
  • About 4 weeks later you will get your New Zealand Police Check by mail on blue letterhead. Also known as a Criminal Record Report (because actually it's not a police report) - just to confuse you. It's any and all criminal convictions under your name apart from those hidden under the Clean Slate Act. 

I'll list some of the common questions we get asked in our line of business (vetting people is what we do for overseas employers).

 

Can I get an express police check?

By that you mean can it be returned faster than 4 weeks? Yes there is also a service offered by us which gives you a Priority Criminal Record Check which is essentially the same a the 4 week one it just is addressed to us (International Working Holidays) instead of you - and then lists the details of your criminal convictions (or lack of). 

 

How long does a police check take?

The Standard NZ Police Check (criminal record) service which is free from the MOJ takes 4 weeks. 

The Priority or Express NZ Police Check (Criminal Record) Third Party service takes 3-15 days depending on which service you choose and pay for. 

 

Can I use the Express or Priority NZ Police Check (NZ Criminal Record) service for an employer check?

Yes you can - it looks almost exactly the same apart from the part addressed to the Third Party (us) at the top. 

So it will be address like a letter to us instead of you:

International Working Holidays NZ Ltd
Suite 106, The Zone, Edwin Street
Mt Eden
Auckland 1024
New Zealand


then will list the details of the NZ Criminal Convictions in relation to the person who applied. This includes the name and date of birth or the person and if any results were found. 


Can I order the Express or Priority NZ Police Check (NZ Criminal Record) service online?

if you choose the free Ministry of Justice Criminal Record Check (or Police Check as most people seem to refer to it as) then no you need to mail the completed Criminal Record application in by snail mail. If you choose the Express or Priority NZ Police Check (NZ Criminal Record) service with International Working Holidays you can order it online and will receive the application forms to complete via email. You can then upload them through our secure upload site with your ID. So essentially you can do it all the same day and get the process started in just a few minutes. 

 

How do you get a Police Check in NZ?

So a police check is just a report from the Police with all arrests, court dates, traffic and speeding fines and tickets - it will also include any imprisonment. The only way to do this is through the NZ Police Vetting Services. The service is usually only available to businesses who pay for the service. The most common way to get your criminal record is through the Ministry of Justice - a NZ Criminal Conviction report which list all (or none) of your convictions. You can get the free service which takes about 4 weeks or the Priority Service which takes as little as 3 days. 

 

How much does a Police Check cost in NZ?

You can get the free service Ministry of Justice Criminal Record Check which takes about 4 weeks or the Priority Service Ministry of Justice Criminal Record Check which takes as little as 3 days. 


How do you apply for a Police Check on yourself in New Zealand?

Both options - the free Ministry of Justice Criminal Record Check and the Priority Service Ministry of Justice Criminal Record Check requires you to fill out a form with your name, address, past addresses, date of birth and previous names, as well as provide current Photo ID. The Ministry of Justice Criminal Record Check needs to be completed, signed and sent off by mail. The Third Party Priority Service Ministry of Justice Criminal Record Check needs to be completed, signed,  and scanned with your ID to our secure document portal - where we process and send to the Ministry of Justice electronically. 


How can I order a 3 day NZ Police Check?

It's referred to as a Criminal record check but you can order it below

How long does it take to get a NZ Police Check

NZ Police Checks are provided by the Ministry of Justice and can take 4 weeks if you apply through the free route via MOJ. There are faster ways to get your NZ Police Check - which is essentially a NZ Criminal Record Check

How long does it take to get a NZ Police Check?

That's a common question we get asked daily! 

NZ Police Checks.png

So - NZ Police Checks are provided by the Ministry of Justice. 

  • This takes around 4 weeks but the NZ criminal record you receive in return is free (at the moment).
  • You fill in a form that you download online of the Ministry of Justice Website - and you fill it and and send it to them by snail mail with evidence of your Photo ID to prove it's you. 
  • About 4 weeks later you will get your New Zealand Police Check by mail on blue letterhead. Also known as a Criminal Record Report (because actually it's not a police report) - just to confuse you. It's any and all criminal convictions under your name apart from those hidden under the Clean Slate Act. 

I'll list some of the common questions we get asked in our line of business (vetting people is what we do for overseas employers).

 

Can I get an express police check?

By that you mean can it be returned faster than 4 weeks? Yes there is also a service offered by us which gives you a Priority Criminal Record Check which is essentially the same a the 4 week one it just is addressed to us (International Working Holidays) instead of you - and then lists the details of your criminal convictions (or lack of). 

 

How long does a police check take?

The Standard NZ Police Check (criminal record) service which is free from the MOJ takes 4 weeks. 

The Priority or Express NZ Police Check (Criminal Record) Third Party service takes 3-15 days depending on which service you choose and pay for. 

 

Can I use the Express or Priority NZ Police Check (NZ Criminal Record) service for an employer check?

Yes you can - it looks almost exactly the same apart from the part addressed to the Third Party (us) at the top. 

So it will be address like a letter to us instead of you:

International Working Holidays NZ Ltd
Suite 106, The Zone, Edwin Street
Mt Eden
Auckland 1024
New Zealand


then will list the details of the NZ Criminal Convictions in relation to the person who applied. This includes the name and date of birth or the person and if any results were found. 


Can I order the Express or Priority NZ Police Check (NZ Criminal Record) service online?

if you choose the free Ministry of Justice Criminal Record Check (or Police Check as most people seem to refer to it as) then no you need to mail the completed Criminal Record application in by snail mail. If you choose the Express or Priority NZ Police Check (NZ Criminal Record) service with International Working Holidays you can order it online and will receive the application forms to complete via email. You can then upload them through our secure upload site with your ID. So essentially you can do it all the same day and get the process started in just a few minutes. 

 

How do you get a Police Check in NZ?

So a police check is just a report from the Police with all arrests, court dates, traffic and speeding fines and tickets - it will also include any imprisonment. The only way to do this is through the NZ Police Vetting Services. The service is usually only available to businesses who pay for the service. The most common way to get your criminal record is through the Ministry of Justice - a NZ Criminal Conviction report which list all (or none) of your convictions. You can get the free service which takes about 4 weeks or the Priority Service which takes as little as 3 days. 

 

How much does a Police Check cost in NZ?

You can get the free service Ministry of Justice Criminal Record Check which takes about 4 weeks or the Priority Service Ministry of Justice Criminal Record Check which takes as little as 3 days. 


How do you apply for a Police Check on yourself in New Zealand?

Both options - the free Ministry of Justice Criminal Record Check and the Priority Service Ministry of Justice Criminal Record Check requires you to fill out a form with your name, address, past addresses, date of birth and previous names, as well as provide current Photo ID. The Ministry of Justice Criminal Record Check needs to be completed, signed and sent off by mail. The Third Party Priority Service Ministry of Justice Criminal Record Check needs to be completed, signed,  and scanned with your ID to our secure document portal - where we process and send to the Ministry of Justice electronically. 


How can I order a 3 day NZ Police Check?

It's referred to as a Criminal record check but you can order it below

How long does it take to get a NZ Police Check

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