How to get a police certificate – Australia

If you need to give your fingerprints for a police certificate, this isn’t the same as giving your biometrics (fingerprints and photo) for an application.

Name of the document you need

Australian National Police Certificate – Standard Disclosure – Name check only

Providing your police certificate

We won’t accept

  • photocopies of a clearance if you’re submitting a paper application
  • complete disclosure certificates

Special considerations

Queensland

If you live or have lived in Queensland, you must submit a traffic history with your police certificate that goes back to your 18th birthday or the day on which your first Australian driver’s licence was issued. You can apply online through Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads.

Victoria

If you live or have lived in Victoria, you must submit a full licence history search with your police certificate that goes back to your 18th birthday or the day on which your first Australian driver’s licence was issued. You can apply online through VicRoads.

Note: if you’re not able to provide a traffic history or a full licence history search, you must provide a letter issued by the Queensland and/or Victoria roads authority with your police certificate to confirm that you’ve never held a driver’s licence in that state.

How to apply

There are 2 ways to apply for an Australian National Police Certificate:

Read the application guide to learn how to send your request.

Check the Australian Federal Police website for more information on their fees.

Important

  1. Purpose of check: You must provide the reason why you need a police certificate.
    • If you apply online, select the following options under section 2.3 Purpose of Check:
      • Purpose type: ‘Commonwealth Employment / Purpose’
      • Purpose of Check: ‘35 – Overseas employment/visa – for supply to a country other than Australia’
    • If you apply on paper, select the following option under section 8: Purpose of Check:
      • Code Number: ‘35 – Overseas employment/visa – for supply to a country other than Australia’
  2. You need to provide proof of identity to apply. Read the 100 point checklist (PDF, 526 KB) to learn what and how many documents you need.

Contact information

Criminal Records, Australian Federal Police
Locked Bag 8550
Canberra City ACT 2601
Australia

Phone from Australia: (02) 6202 3333
Phone outside of Australia: +61 2 6202 3333

For more information, please email their criminal records unit or visit their website.

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