Release date: Sun 1 May 2011
Last updated: Mon 25 February 2013
National Police Record Check
Victoria Police provides a service to all Victorians who wish to obtain a National Police Certificate for employment, voluntary work and occupation-related licensing or registration purposes.
Information about an individual's criminal history will not be released without an applicant's written consent other than for law enforcement purposes.
Further information for applicants is available to download - National Police Certificate Information Card.
International and national applications
The current fee for a national name check is $34.00. These applications must include a cheque or money order payable to Victoria Police and posted to:
For a name and fingerprint search the fee is $141.00.
Volunteers, student placements and persons who qualify under the Family Day Care Scheme as an adult (18 years or over) residing with a Family Day Care provider can obtain a National Police Certificate at a reduced fee. A valid Community Volunteer Fee (CVF) number must be provided by an organisation registered with Victoria Police to claim the reduced fee. For further details please download 'Procedure for obtaining a National Police Certificate'.
The reduced application fee of $15.50 only applies to organisations registered with Victoria Police. Organisations need to download, complete and submit the application form to obtain a CVF number.
For a National Name Check, please allow a minimum of 10 working days from the date that the application is received by our office for your name to be searched nationally and the process to be completed. The process may be further delayed if information is required from interstate jurisdictions pertaining to the national name search.
For a National Name and Fingerprint Check, please allow a minimum of 20 working days to have your fingerprint appointment and check processed. Booking in advance is essential as appointment times fill up quickly.
We recommend that you allow sufficient time for processing and return by postal services before making enquiries regarding your application. You may contact the Public Enquiry Service on 1300 881 596 to check the status of your application.
The National Police Certificate
As a result of the introduction of a uniformed National Police Certificate now utilised by all Australian police jurisdictions, certificates issued by Victoria Police are printed on secure paper.
The paper features:
All national certificates processed will be issued using the secure paper. SAMPLE CERTIFICATE
Fingerprints can be taken at our fingerprintng locations. It is crucial that applicants are punctual for their appointments and should arrive at least 20 minutes before their appointment time if they do not have a completed application form with them. Latecomers will not be fingerprinted and will need to reschedule their appointment.
Downloads for the National Police Record Check process
Guidelines for completing and lodging the online application form
Public Enquiry Service