Police Certificate

Pleasse check the required documentation carefully before you apply.  
Description 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. However, if circumstances make it impossible for you to apply in Wellington or Christchurch, 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
A. To be fingerprinted at the Consulate-General of Japan
  1. If you wish to be fingerprinted at the Consulate-General of Japan, please make an appointment here.
  2. Please come to the Consulate-General of Japan with the required documentation described below.
*If you need to be fingerprinted urgently, you can contact New Zealand Post (Dominion Road Postshop or Sunnynook Postshop) in Auckland, or a local Police Station if you live another area. There is a fee for the fingerprinting service by New Zealand Post.  

B. To be fingerprinted at 1) Dominion Road Postshop or Sunnynook Postshop in Auckland,  OR 2) the local Police Station
  1. Obtain a fingerprint form from the Consulate-General of Japan.
You can collect it from the Consulate-General of Japan between 09:00-12:00, or 13:00-15:30, or
You can provide us with a self-addressed stamped A4 size envelope requesting police certificate application forms, and they will be posted to you. Please make sure to include a note indicating that the envelope is for the police certificate application.
  1. Contact Dominion Road Postshop / Sunnynook Postshop in Aucklanad, or the local Police Station if you live another area, to be fingerprinted on our fingerprint form.
  2. 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.)
 **Each person applying for the police certificate must make an application in person. Your friend or family cannot lodge your application on your behalf.
Required documentation
  1. Application Form and Fingerprint Form
  2. Valid passport (Original passport must be presented)
  3. Documents verifying the reason for applying for the police certificate (please make sure they are printed):
    • For the purpose of applying for a New Zealand visa valid for two years or more:
      a letter from Immigration New Zealand requesting a police certificate OR completed visa application form.
    • For the purpose of applying for a New Zealand resident visa:
      For applicants under the Skilled Migrant category, a printed copy of 'Invitation to Apply for Residence'.  If the applicant's name is not mentioned in the invitation, in addition to the invitation please bring a printed copy of your 'Expression of Interest' . 
    • For the purpose of teacher's registration in New Zealand:
      a completed application form for teacher's registration, or a letter issued by Education Council confirming your police certificate is required
    • For P Endorsement (Driver License):
      a completed application form for P Endorsement, or letter issued by NZTA/AA
    • Any other purposes - please contact us in advance
Please note that we cannot accept letters from lawyers or private organisations as documents verifying your reason for application. Only documents from government bodies are accepted.
Processing time Approximately two months
Fee Free
(Fingerprinting at the Post Shops will incur some cost.)
  1. Police certificates are issued by the National Police Agency in Japan which deal with a large number of applications from around the world so applications usually take around two months to be issued. Please allow plenty of leeway when preparing your application.
  2.  If you have applied for a police certificate within the last year and are applying again for the same purpose, you will also need to submit a written statement explaining your reasons for re-applying. Please ask at our office when you apply for more information about this. (If you are applying a second time for a police certificate for the purpose of obtaining a residence visa then this written statement is required regardless of the length of time between applications)
  3. If, after obtaining the police certificate, you find that you no longer require it, it must be returned to our office with a letter stating the reasons it was not required.