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National police record checks and fingerprinting

National Police Check

Application form

Apply for a Victoria Police issued National Police Certificate

Fingerprinting

Make an appointment

Make a Livescan or Ink fingerprinting appointment online

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Victoria moves to further relax COVIDSafe settings from 6:00pm on Friday 26 March 2021. Face masks will continue to be required for fingerprint appointments.

Further information surrounding the announcements can be found on the Victorian Government website.

Apply for a national police 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.

  • Please complete the Consent to Check and Release National Police Application Form below and print.
  • Sign and date the application form in the presence of the same person certifying your proof of identity documents (please see the application form for a list of accepted certifiers).
  • Have the certifier sign and date each copy of your proof of identity documents (100 points).
  • Pay online or attach a cheque or money order with the required fee.
  • Attach all the paperwork including payment and mail to the address listed on the application form.

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:

  • Interstate applicants can apply with Victoria Police for the following purposes:

    • poppy industry
    • bus accreditation
    • private security licence
    • firearms licence
    • legal admission
    • armed guard / cash in transit
    • casino or gaming licence
    • contact with prisoners

Fees

Fees are updated on 1 July every year, in accordance with the Victoria Police (Fees and Charges) Regulations 2014. The below fees are GST exempt.

Fingerprinting (Livescan and Ink)

Melbourne (Docklands)

Payment options at the metropolitian location include EFTPOS, credit card, cheque or money order. Please note, cash is not accepted.

Regional Victoria (inc. Geelong)

Regional locations only accept payment of a cheque or money order payable to Victoria Police. Please note, EFTPOS, credit card or cash are not accepted. Cheques/bank drafts must be issued by an Australian financial institution.

The fees applicable are:

Livescan (National Name and Fingerprint Records Check) $191.00
Ink Fingerprints (visa, passport, immigration)
1 set $50.40
2 sets $71.10
3 sets $91.80

Police Records Check (name only)

Payment for police records checks (name only) can be made online or via cheque or money order payable to Victoria Police. Cheques/bank drafts must be issued by an Australian financial institution.

The fees applicable are:

Police Records Check (name only) $48.90
Volunteer for an authorised organisation $18.40

Online Payments

Please complete the Online Payments Only section on the top right corner of Page 5 of the application form and/or attach a copy of your receipt to confirm payment prior to sending. Failure to provide proof of payment will result in the application being rejected.

Police Records Check (name only)
To pay for a police records check for employment purposes please click here.

Volunteer for an authorised organisation

Please note: CVF details in Section E must be completed to qualify for the reduced fee.

To pay for a volunteer police check please click here.

  • Volunteers, students doing 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.

    To claim the reduced fee, applicants will require a valid Community Volunteer Fee (CVF) number, provided by an organisation registered with Victoria Police.

    Organisations must be registered with Victoria Police to be eligible for a CVF number. To apply, see:

Processing times

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.

Make a fingerprint appointment online

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 service for the fingerprints you require - we are unable to accommodate incorrectly booked services.

Livescan (National Name and Fingerprint Records Check)

Livescan is the taking of fingerprints electronically for the purpose of a national name and fingerprint check. 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:

  • Victorian Security Licence
  • Victoria Police Public Servant
  • Victorian Armed Guard/Cash In Transit
  • Victoria Police Contractor
  • Prison/Corrections Officer

Ink Fingerprints

Victoria Police can provide set/s of Ink fingerprints for the following purposes:

  • Immigration/Visa/Passport
  • Employment/Other

Please check with the agency requesting your ink fingerprints whether they require the prints to be taken on a specific form. 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. We do not keep other countries/agencies forms on hand.

Ink fingerprint appointments must be booked individually 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.

Each applicant will require their own appointment. The number of sets in a booking is for one applicant. If you are booking for more than one person, please ensure they are booked separately.

The set/s of fingerprints will be provided to you at the conclusion of your appointment to take away.

Click here to make an appointment online

Fingerprinting locations

Metropolitan

Victoria Police Fingerprint Facility
Ground Floor
311 Spencer Street
Docklands VIC 3008

Payment options at the metropolitian location are EFTPOS, credit card, cheque or money order. Please note, cash is not accepted.

Regional Victoria

Most regional fingerprinting locations only operate one day per week for this service.
Payment options at regional locations are cheque or money order only. Please note: EFTPOS, credit card or cash are not accepted.

Ararat Police Station
Barkly St
Ararat VIC 3377

Bairnsdale Police Station
45-47 Main St
Bairnsdale VIC 3875

Ballarat Police Station
20 Dana St
Ballarat VIC 3350

Bendigo Police Station
221 High St
Bendigo VIC 3550

Geelong Police Station
110 Mercer St
Geelong VIC 3220

Hamilton Police Station
Thompson St
Hamilton VIC 3300

Horsham Police Station
Roberts Ave
Horsham VIC 3440

Mildura Police Station
62-68 Deakin Ave
Mildura VIC 3500

Morwell Police Station
8-10 Hazlewood Rd
Morwell VIC 3840

Seymour Police Station
58 Tallarook St
Seymour VIC 3660

Shepparton Police Station
155 Welsford St
Shepparton VIC 3630

Swan Hill Police Station
507 Campbell St
Swan Hill VIC 3585

Warrnambool Police Station
214 Koroit St
Warrnambool VIC 3280

Wodonga Police Station
100 Hovell St
Wodonga VIC 3690

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).

  • If you submitted an application form directly to Victoria Police you need to put your dispute in writing, including a copy your photo ID (eg current passport, driver licence) and any relevant details to:

    Manager
    Public Enquiry Service, Victoria Police,
    GPO Box 919
    Melbourne VIC 3001

    In order to assist with the confirmation of identity, with regards to the resolution of any disputed criminal history information, you must provide as much additional information as possible. You may also be required to provide comparison fingerprints to assist in any determination however this will only be requested where necessary. No fee will be charged for taking comparison fingerprints.

    An investigation will be conducted and you will be informed of the outcome by mail.

  • If you submitted an application via an interstate police jurisdiction you need to lodge your dispute with them according to their dispute process. Please make direct contact with the specific police jurisdiction.

    If your check was conducted by an Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) Accredited body you must raise your dispute with them. The accredited body will arrange for you to complete an NPCS Dispute form which they will lodge on your behalf.

    Please visit ACIC accredited bodies

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.

FAQs and Resources

  • You can find the form to apply for a national police check on the Victoria Police website. Please ensure to review the national police records checks and fingerprinting page for more information. 

  • For the current fees, please visit the Victoria Police website or contact our information line on 1300 881 596. Please note that fees change annually. In order to avoid your application being rejected due to the incorrect fee, please ensure you check the current fees prior to submitting your application.

  • National name check

    Once we have received your application, please allow a minimum of 10 working days for the process to be completed. Please note that the process
    may be further delayed if information is required from interstate jurisdictions pertaining to the national name search.

    National name and fingerprint check

    Once we have received your application, 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.

    To check the status of your application, please contact the Public Enquiry Service on 1300 881 596.

  • You may have your fingerprints taken at either a regional fingerprinting site or at our fingerprint facility located on the ground floor at the Victoria Police Centre, 311 Spencer Street, Melbourne. 

    An appointment must be made to be fingerprinted at any of these locations by booking through our online system

  • Victoria Police does not conduct police checks for applicants residing overseas. To obtain a national police certificate, you must apply to the Australian Federal Police. Please visit www.afp.gov.au for further information.

  • National name check application

    This will need to be forwarded by mail to the Public Enquiry Service to the address specified on the application form. Victoria Police will not accept faxed applications and we do not fax or email certificates to the applicant.

    National name and fingerprint check

    This application will need to be submitted at the time of your fingerprint appointment. For more information on fingerprint appointments, please visit our website.

  • No, the Victoria Police Information Release Policy determines what level of information is released based on the purpose of the check. For example, a certificate stating the purpose as ‘Application for an overseas visa’ is not appropriate for a job where there is ‘Contact with children’. However the certificate may be used more than once provided that it is for the same purpose which will be displayed on the top left corner.

    The information contained on the certificate is only current at the date of issue.

  • Victoria Police conducts national police record checks. If information is obtained from other police jurisdictions, the relevant legislation/policy is applied by that jurisdiction before it is released. In relation to legislation/policy applied by states or territories other than Victoria, please refer to the relevant police jurisdiction’s website for more information.

  • Applicants must supply a minimum of two (2) types of acceptable identification from the list below with a minimum total of 100 points. Identification documents must include a photo ID, the applicant's current residential address, signature and date of birth. Further information can be found on the application form.

    Category A

    Current passport (Australian/Foreign) - 70
    Driver licence/Learner's permit/Boat licence - 40
    Firearms/Private security licence - 40
    Current tertiary student identification card - 40
    WWC Check card/Key pass/Proof of age card - 40
    Certified current passport size photo (only required if the applicant does not possess any other category A identification) - 40

    Category B

    Australian citizenship certificate - 70
    Birth certificate (not extract) - 70
    Birth card - 70
    Australian travel documents or current Australian Visa - 70
    Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) card - 40
    Centrelink card (with reference number) - 40
    Government employee ID - 40


    Category C

    Medicare card - 25
    Credit card or account card - 25
    Marriage certificate (registry issue only) - 25
    Change of name certificate (registry issue only) - 25
    Bank statement (with residential address) - 25
    Motor vehicle registration or insurance papers - 25
    Property rates notice/utilities notice - 25
    Property lease agreement - 25
    Home insurance papers - 25
    Taxation assessment notice - 25
    Records of primary, secondary or tertiary education - 25
    Records from a current or previous employer - 25
    Records of a professional or trade association - 25

  • Your completed application form, originals and photocopies of identification documents must be taken to an authorised person to sign as a witness to your signature and certify your photocopied identification documents.


    List of authorised certifiers:

    • Justice of the Peace, Bail Justice, Registrar or Deputy Registrar
    • Bank manager or employee with 5 or more years of continuous service
    • State executive public service (Level 1, 2 or 3)
    • State non-executive public service (Grade 2-6)
    • Minister of Religion authorised to celebrate marriages
    • Commonwealth exec. public service employee (Level 1-2)
    • Commonwealth non-exec. public service employee (APS 2-6)
    • Member of Commonwealth or State Parliament
    • Australian lawyer (Legal Profession Act 2004)
    • Accountant (member of the ICA, ASA, NIA or CPA)
    • Registered members of the teaching profession
    • Registered Medical Practitioner (Medical Practice Act 1994)
    • Registered Dentist (Dental Practice Act 1999)
    • Registered nurse
    • Pharmacist
    • Veterinary Practitioner
    • Councillor of a Municipality
    • Senior officer of a council (Local Government Act 1989)
    • Secretary of a building society
    • Member of the police force
    • Sheriff or Deputy Sheriff
    • Public Notary
    • Clerk to an Australian lawyer
    • Casino special employee (Casino Control Act 1991)
  • Public Enquiry Service cannot release information over the phone. This is to protect the privacy of individuals, as well as the confidentiality of the information held.

  • To ensure the protection of privacy and application of natural justice principles the National Police Certificates will be forwarded to the applicant at their nominated postal address on the application form. There is no option for the applicant to have the certificate forwarded to a prospective employer.


    It is not recommended that copies be made unless the person or organisation can assure the applicant that it will be kept confidential, securely stored or disposed of appropriately. The original certificate must be sighted by the organisation/employer and may be photocopied and/or retained with the consent of the applicant.

  • The certificate contains a number of inbuilt security features such as:

    • 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 and will glow yellow when viewed under ultra violet light
    • screened background printed in solvent reaction ink.
  • Victoria Police does not have an expiry date for validity of National Police Certificates. The police certificate is the result of a check of police records only up until the day it is issued. It is up to each organisation (in the absence of any legislation applicable to their industry/profession) to determine how often they require a new certificate to be issued. Some areas do have either direct legislation or licensing requirements which require a police check be conducted at certain intervals. The best source of information in regard to this is the professional or industry governing body which relates to the area.

  • Victoria Police releases all court outcomes with a finding of guilt. A “Without Conviction” result is a finding of guilt and is released in accordance with the Victoria Police Information Release Policy.

  • Victoria Police releases all court outcomes with a finding of guilt. Good Behaviour Bonds and Community Based Orders are findings of guilt and releasable under the Victoria Police Information Release Policy. Although the bond expires after the period stated, the finding of guilt remains. Victoria Police does not delete criminal history information. Criminal history information continues to be available for the purposes of law enforcement and the administration of justice.

  • No. In some states there is legislation in place to have criminal history spent or rehabilitated so it is not released for employment purposes. Victoria does not have this type of legislation.

    The release policy is applied automatically when convictions reach the appropriate age. In most cases, criminal history will not be released after 10 years if the last finding of guilt was heard in an adult court or 5 years if it was heard in a children’s court. An exception to this is that if a single charge received a sentence of imprisonment of longer than 30 months, in which case that charge (or charges) only will be released.
    In all states, criminal history information will continue to be available for the purposes of law enforcement and the administration of justice.

  • Any enquiry where the applicant suspects the information relating to their criminal history is incorrect must be in writing. This should be addressed to:

    The Manager
    Public Enquiry Service
    GPO Box 919
    Melbourne VIC 3001

    Note: These matters will not be investigated unless they are put in writing. The outcome of the investigation and any action taken will be advised in writing. If the information is incorrect, Victoria Police will issue a new certificate.

  • Victoria Police only issues one original certificate, copies are not provided. A National Police Certificate is current only at the date of issue. If a National Police Certificate is lost, you must reapply via the normal process.

  • Other than checks for police investigation/prosecution purposes no-one is permitted to check another person’s police record without their consent. The release of a criminal history for other purposes can only be done with the signed consent of the individual through the Public Enquiry Service.

Contact us

If you would like to get in touch with us, please email us. We will endeavour to respond to your enquiries as soon as possible. 

We thank you for your understanding and cooperation at this time.

Public Enquiry Service
GPO Box 919
Melbourne VIC, 3001

Email: policecheckvic@police.vic.gov.au

Reviewed 08 April 2021