Police checks

The following information outlines key information about the Police vetting process.  Relevant application forms are at the bottom of the page, and if you require more information, please contact Kate Wilson.

What identification is needed?

Individuals undergoing a Police check will need to supply two forms of Identification (preferably photographic) to their Session Clerk along with their completed Police check Consent Form (download form below).

Examples of suitable ID include a passport, driver's licence or student ID. In the absence of a second photographic form of identification, a birth certificate will suffice. Previously, New Zealand Police required only one form of identification per application. The criteria has changed to two forms of identification.

Incomplete applications can not be processed

Any applications received using old forms or incomplete applications (such as no Application Form or identification documents) will be automatically returned as the Assembly Office will not be able to process the application.

Applications made using old forms can not be processed

To ensure you are using the correct Consent Form and Application Form, you are advised to print off copies of the forms on our website each time you request Police checks.

Who needs a Police check?

Anyone who is paid to work with children, youth and families must undergo a police check prior to their appointment. The Presbyterian Church also strongly encourages police checks for volunteers working with vulnerable people.

The mandate for this comes from the minutes of General Assembly 2006 section 06.047 h 

Applications must be made in hard copy

The Police Vetting Service will only process Consent Forms that have been signed within the last three months. Hard copies of the consent form and identification should be posted or delivered to this office. Emailed or faxed forms are not accepted. 

Before you send a consent form to us, please check:

  • The date and place of birth have been entered
  • The person is over 17 years of age
  • The form has been signed within 3 months
  • That you are using the most up-to-date form with the code "NZ PVS-CS-10/19" on it (available to download below).

Application forms