National Police Certificate - New South Wales

Service summary

You may require this certificate if you intend to apply for a job requiring a police check. Please note that there are different kinds of checks for different occupations and activities.

A National Police Certificate lists an individual's criminal background (if any). Residents of New South Wales aged 14 and above can apply for this National Police Certificate when seeking paid employment (including authorisation as an authorised carer), for some occupational licensing purposes, or if they intend to volunteer in Commonwealth supported aged-care facilities.

Please be aware that in some cases if you intend to work with children in New South Wales, a Working with Children Check will be required instead of this certificate.

Organisations which intend to conduct 50 or more National Police Checks per year may apply to become Registered Organisations, allowing them to deal directly with the New South Wales Police Criminal Records Section.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

Please consult with the Contact Officer for information on any eligibility requirements.



National Police Certificates are only valid at the time of issue and can only be used for the purpose stated on the application form.



Name and date of birth check.

Application$183.70Name, date of birth and fingerprint check.

Name and date of birth check for volunteers working in Commonwealth supported aged care.



Applications can be completed online. If this is not possible please contact the Agency for a paper application form.

You must provide three types of acceptable identification in order to lodge their National Police Check. Please see the form to determine the types of acceptable identification.

If you have had more than three previous names or aliases an additional form must be filled out and submitted with the National Criminal History Record Check form.

Payment and proof of identity must be made in person at a NSW Police Station. The online confirmation page must be presented at this time. When the fee has been paid you will receive a receipt and the online application will be updated ready for processing.

Approval time

A minimum of 10 working days for name and date of birth checks and a minimum of 15 days for name, date of birth and fingerprint checks.

Administering agency

Department of Justice
NSW Police Force
Criminal Records Section

Act(s) name

Criminal Records Act 1991 (New South Wales)

Regulation(s) name

Criminal Records Regulation 2014 (New South Wales)

Contact details

Enquiries, National Police Checking Service
Department of Justice
NSW Police Force
Criminal Records Section

Operating address:
1 Charles St
New South Wales 2150
Mailing address:
Locked Bag 5102
New South Wales 2124


02 8835 7888


02 8835 7193

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