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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)

1 set


2 sets


3 sets


Payment must be made by an Australian cheque or money order payable to Victoria Police. International cheques/bank drafts will not be accepted.

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. 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:

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


If a physical set of fingerprints are required, you will need to make an Ink appointment.

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.

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.

Click here to make an appointment online

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.

Fingerprinting locations


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
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

Wangaratta Police Station
21-33 Handley St
Wangaratta VIC 3676

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).

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.



Contact us

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