A Police Certificate certifies whether the applicant has had any criminal convictions in Japan and will be issued in Japanese, English, French, German and Spanish.
to find your jurisdictional office and website to contact. The information below is for residents of the following regions: Wellington, Gisborne, Hawke’s Bay, Taranaki, Wanganui-Manawatu (excluding Ruapehu District) and the South Island.
Step 1: Make an appointment
To make an appointment at the Embassy of Japan (in Wellington), please make a booking using an online booking system. Since the booking system only displays in Japanese, please refer to this instruction in English.
Step 2: Get your fingerprints taken
To apply at the Consular Office in Christchurch, please refer to this information.
If you are intending to apply in Auckland, please refer to this webpage by the Consulate-General of Japan in Auckland.
You must apply in person at the Embassy in Wellington or the Consular Office in Christchurch.
Required items to bring:
(1) Application form - either typed or handwritten
(2) Passport - must be valid a passport
(3) If you would like your police certificate to be posted to you, please also provide a self-addressed, pre-paid courier envelope and a signed Release of Liability form.
(4) Please contact us if the reason for applying for a police certificate is not listed below.
- To apply for a New Zealand visa valid for two years or more
- To apply for a New Zealand resident visa
- To sponsor someone's New Zealand resident visa
- For teacher's registration or educational activity in New Zealand
- For nurse's registration in New Zealand
- For midwife's registration in New Zealand
- For P Endorsement (Driver License)
Step 3: When the Police Certificate arrives from Japan
We will contact all applicants by E-mail when the Police Certificate arrives.
If you have provided an envelope it will be sent back to you.
To pick up your Police Certificate at the Consular office counter, please bring a photo ID
If someone else will be picking up on your behalf, they must bring an authorisation form signed by the applicant.
| When you can expect your Police Certificate
The entire process could take approximately 2-3 months (depending on holiday seasons) from the date you get your fingerprints taken until you receive your Police Certificate. There is no particular way in shortening this duration.
Police Certificates are issued free of charge.