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.
Apply for a national police check
Where possible, applicants are encouraged to fill out the form electronically to minimise the risk of rejection. This is the recommended method of completing the form. All sections must be completed to allow you to print the form.
Please ensure you are running the latest version of Adobe Reader on your computer to open the application form.
If you are unable to open the application form above, please try the alternative version below which can be printed and manually completed. Please follow the instructions on how to fill in the form, to minimise the risk of rejection.
Once completed, the form needs to be printed out and sent in via the post, along with 100 points of certified identification and payment. Please ensure that you follow all instructions on the form regarding where to send your completed application.
Overseas and interstate applications
Overseas applicants or applicants wanting temporary/permanent residency or citizenship must apply to the Australian Federal Police
Interstate applicants must apply for national police checks from their respective police jurisdictions. Please see below for a list of exceptions:
Application fees for police records checks are updated on 1 July every year, in accordance with the Victoria Police (Fees and Charges) Regulations 2014.
The fees applicable are:
Police Records Check (name only)
Volunteer for an authorised organisation
Police Records Check (name and fingerprint)
Ink Fingerprints (visa, passport, immigration)
Payment must be made by an Australian cheque or money order payable to Victoria Police. International cheques/bank drafts will not be accepted.
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.
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.
Selecting the right appointment for you
Victoria Police provides fingerprinting services at various locations throughout Victoria. We provide two types of fingerprinting services – Ink and Livescan. Please ensure you select the appropriate appointment for the fingerprints you require.
Livescan (National Name and Fingerprint Records Check)
Livescan is the taking of fingerprints electronically for the purpose of a national name and fingerprint check.
Please Note: Copies of fingerprints will not be provided with this appointment.
Once the check is completed, a Victoria Police issued National Name and Fingerprint certificate will be provided. Common purposes that require a Livescan appointment include:
If a physical set of fingerprints are required, you will need to make an Ink appointment.
Victoria Police can provide set/s of Ink fingerprints for the following purposes:
Please check with the agency requesting your ink fingerprints whether they require the prints to be taken on a specific form.
Please Note: We do not keep other countries/agencies forms on hand.
While fingerprints can be taken on a Victoria Police fingerprinting card, we will be unable to offer any refunds if the fingerprints are rejected due to the form being incorrect.
Ink fingerprint appointments are booked according to the number of ‘sets’ of fingerprints required. Each ‘set’ of fingerprints will include individual fingerprint impressions rolled from nail to nail, as well as flat impressions of the fingers and thumbs of both hands. Palm impressions are also taken if required.
Please Note: Each applicant will require their own appointment.
The set/s of fingerprints will be provided to you at the conclusion of your appointment to take away.
If you have accessibility concerns or your fingerprinting requirements fall outside the above, please call 1300 881 596 between 8am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.
Victoria Police Fingerprint Facility
Mezzanine Level, World Trade Centre
18-38 Siddeley St
Melbourne VIC 3005
Payment options at the metropolitian location are EFTPOS, credit card, cheque or money order. Please note, cash is not accepted.
Most regional fingerprinting locations only operate one day per week for this service.
Payment options at regional locations are cheque or money order. Please note, EFTPOS, credit card or cash are not accepted.
Ararat Police Station
Bairnsdale Police Station
Ballarat Police Station
Bendigo Police Station
Geelong Police Station
Hamilton Police Station
Horsham Police Station
Mildura Police Station
Morwell Police Station
Seymour Police Station
Shepparton Police Station
Swan Hill Police Station
Wangaratta Police Station
Warrnambool Police Station
Wodonga Police Station
Criminal history information dispute process
If you dispute some or all of the criminal history information resulting from your police check you must follow the guidelines to commence official dispute proceedings.
Firstly you need to determine who conducted the check on your behalf. This could be Victoria Police, an interstate police jurisdiction where Victorian criminal history was released, or a private company authorised to conduct checks (known as an Accredited Agency or Broker).
National Police Certificate security features
Certificates issued by Victoria Police are printed on secure paper. The paper features:
- a watermark of a padlock with two keys which is visible when held up to the light
- fluorescent tricolour threads on both sides of the document glow blue, yellow and red when held under ultra violet light
- a border printed in MicroType which can be read when viewed under magnification located on the right of the police service logos on the front of the document
- images on the front that are printed in heat sensitive ink and when moderate heat or friction is applied they will fade or disappear momentarily
- images printed in fluorescent ink that will glow yellow when viewed under ultraviolet light
- screened background printed in solvent reaction ink
Organisations should request to view the original certificate to ensure its authenticity.
Public Enquiry Service
GPO Box 919
Melbourne VIC, 3001
Office hours are 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday
Phone: 1300 881 596
Reviewed 01 October 2019