Before completing your application online, please read the below information.

The NSW Police Force provides an opportunity for NSW residents aged 14 years and above to apply for a National Police Check for visa, adoption, employment (including authorisation as an authorised carer), approval as a household member of an authorised carer, some occupational licensing purposes, student placements and for volunteers working in Commonwealth supported aged-care facilities.

Individuals requiring a criminal record check for Australian citizenship, residency, spouse visa, guardianship of a child from another country, working visa or whilst travelling or living abroad, must apply via the Australian Federal Police (AFP). Details on applying for a criminal record check via the AFP is available at Non NSW residents must apply in the state they usually reside.

Individuals requiring a National Police Check must:

  • complete an online application form available at,
  • present the confirmation page and proof of identity to a NSW Police station: and
  • pay the appropriate fee either online at the time of application by credit card or at a police station.

Please note

The NSW Police Force relies on other State and Commonwealth jurisdictions to provide information in order to produce a National Police Certificate.

The NSW Police Force will not be held liable for any loss, suffering or expense incurred by an applicant arising out of errors or omissions contained in information obtained from other agencies.

If an applicant incurs a loss or monetary expense arising out of errors or omissions contained in information obtained from other agencies, they may be able to make an application for an ex gratia payment.

For further information on ex gratia applications please follow the following link: Legal Assistance and Applications