National Police Certificate - New South Wales


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.

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.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $54.50

Name and date of birth check. Fees for 2023-24

Apply Application All $206.00

Name, date of birth and fingerprint check. Fees for 2023-24

Application process


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

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.

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.

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 Communities and Justice

NSW Police Force

Criminal Records Section

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.