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You can apply online for a National Police Certificate from NSW Police Force. This certificate may be required for any of the following:

  • licence or registration applications (for employment)
  • student placements
  • visas
  • adoption
  • admission as a lawyer
  • volunteers in Commonwealth aged care facilities.


You must be:

  • 14 years old or over when applying
  • a permanent resident of NSW. 

If you live outside NSW, you can apply for a National Police Certificate in your state or territory. 

What you need

How to apply

  1. Select the ‘Apply online’ button.
  2. Follow the prompts to receive your digital certificate.

More information

  • If you need a name, date of birth and fingerprint check as part of your application, you'll receive a letter by email advising you to attend your local police station to have your fingerprints taken.
  • If you need a criminal record check for Australian citizenship, residency, spouse visa, guardianship of a child from another country, working visa, or while travelling or living abroad, you can apply online via the Australian Federal Police website.
You'll be taken to another website.