National Police Certificates

The National Police Checking Service (NPCS) is currently experiencing an unprecedented use of the system, and due to a number of factors outside their control, there may be significant delays in the processing of checks.

Submitting multiple checks will not facilitate a speedier outcome. 
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A National Police Certificate (NPC) contains a list of a person’s disclosable court outcomes and pending charges from all Australian police jurisdictions. This includes traffic and non-police prosecuted matters.

The National Police Certificate application form will open on the Australia Post Smateforms web service.
National Police Certificate online form.

Applications for a WA Police Force NPC also include a request to spend any eligible WA convictions. For more information on spent convictions, please visit Spending a Conviction.

Applications are made online include online payment, ID verification and digital delivery. Applications that do not require any further investigation can be completed within an hour. Click the button below to apply:

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The National Police Certificate application form will open on an external website, as pictured.

Applications that require further investigation may take up to 10 business days to be finalised. On limited occasions, this process can take longer due to the complexity of the check.

Applications resulting in disclosable court outcomes and/or pending charges being listed will only be issued a hardcopy certificate. In circumstances where a hardcopy certificate is issued please allow an additional 3 – 6 business days for postage.

If your application was made more than 15 business days ago, if you are experiencing problems submitting an application or if you have received your certificate and wish to report an error, please contact us.

Postal Delivery Time
Metro Regional
3 – 6 Business Days 5 – 7 Business days

For more information, please see the NPC FAQ's or Guidelines.

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