Police Certificate


Please obtain a "Fingerprint Form" from the Consulate office in advance and have your fingerprints collected at the NZ Fingerprinting Service or the NZ Police (if you live in areas other than Auckland).


Description Police Certificates from the Japanese National Police Agency are issued only when requested by certain authorities as required by law.  The police certificates are written in Japanese, English, French, German and Spanish.
Who can apply If you reside within our area of jurisdiction (Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty regions or Ruapehu District), you can apply at the Consulate-General of Japan in Auckland.
If you reside outside of these areas, please contact either the Embassy of Japan in Wellington, or Consular Office of Japan in Christchurch.  Should you still wish to apply in Auckland for some special reason, please contact us to make an arrangement in advance.  In some cases we may not be able to process your application.  Please note that you will be asked to have your fingerprints taken at NZ Post or local police.

*Applications should be made in person (we cannot accept applications by another person on the applicant's behalf)
How to apply
*You must obtain the designated fingerprint form first*
1.  Obtain a fingerprint form from the Consulate-General of Japan

(to obtain directly from us)
Please come in anytime between 09:00-12:00 or 13:00-15:30 (Monday to Friday)
(to obtain via posting)
You can provide us with a self-addressed stamped A4 size envelope.
Please make sure to include a note indicating that the envelope is for the police certificate applicsaiton.

2.  Contact the Local Police Station or New Zealand Fingerprinting Service (Whangarei, Hamilton, Tauranga) if you live outside of Auckland, or New Zealand Fingerprinting Service (NZ Post Shop at Dominion Road or NZ Post Shop at Sunnynook) to be fingerprinted using our fingerprint form.

3.  Once you are fingerprinted on our form, bring all the required documents between 09:00-12:00 or 13:00-15:30 Monday through Friday (you can check our holidays here)
  1. Application Form 
  2. Valid passport (Original passport must be presented)
  3. Fingerprint Form
  4. *Documents verifying the reason for applying for the police certificate                                                

If the reason is any of the following, you can skip this #4* documentaiton                           

  • In order to apply for a New Zealand visa valid for two years or more
  • In order to apply for a New Zealand resident visa
  • In order to sponsor someone's New Zealand resident visa
  • In order to apply for a New Zealand Firearms Licence
  • For the purpose of teacher's registration in New Zealand
  • For the purpose of nurse's resistration in New Zealand
  • For the purpose of midwife's registration in New Zealand
  • For P Endorsement (Driver License)  

For any other purposes - please contact us in advance

Processing time Approximately 2 months to 2 1/2 months
Please allow plenty of leeway as we do not provide express service.
How to Collect your Police Certificate
  • You will be contacted to collect it at the office in person in due course
  • If you would like your Police Certificate to be posted to you, please provide a self-addressed, pre-paid courier envelope (recommended to purchase a tracked postage option) and complete and sign the “Release of Liability/Pledge”
  • Please let us know if you are unable to come yourself or if you wish to receive your Police Certificate at another Japanese Embassy/Consulate or at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
Fee Free  (Fingerprinting at the NZ Fingerprinting Service will incur some cost)
  1. The National Police Agency in Japan deal with a large number of applications from around the world and applications usually take around 2 to 2.5 months to be processed.  Please allow plenty of leeway as we do not provide express service.
  2. Depending on the reason / purpose of your application, additional documents may be required. Please contact us for details in advance.

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