Police Certificate


Police certificates from the Japanese National Police Agency are issued only when they are required by foreign governments.
We are unable to accept your application if it is required by an individual or a private company.


● Police certificates are valid for one year from the date of issue (it may be shorter depending on the reason for the application).
Please ensure that you apply for a police certificate at the right time, since you cannot apply for one again for the same reason, while your current certificate is still valid.

● The certificate is written in Japanese, English, French, German and Spanish.

*If, after obtaining the police certificate, you find that you no longer require it, or if it has expired and you wish to apply for one again, you must return the police certificate to our office with a letter stating the reasons why it is not required.


1. Application Hours

9:30 - 12:30 (Monday-Friday except public holidays)  Online Booking Required

*Applicants must come to our office in person to lodge the application and to provide their fingerprints.


2. Required Documents

1. One completed application form
2. Valid passport(s)

The police certificate is designed for certain purposes such as applications for Australian citizenship, Australian visas, NSW teacher registration, joining the Australian Federal Police, obtaining an Australian Financial Services Licence or the Australian Security Identification Card (ASIC).
Applicants who wish to apply for the certificate for any reason other than mentioned above need to contact our office for eligibility and the appropriate application procedure.

In some cases, the following documentation may need to be submitted
a) Documents proving the reason the certificate is required are based on Australian/NSW laws
b) Japanese translation of (a)
c) An official request letter, addressed to the applicant, from the government authority requesting your criminal record
d) Japanese translation of (c)


3. Processing Time

It will take approximately 2-3 months to get the certificate as the application forms are sent to the Japanese Police Agency.


4. Fee

No charge


5. Collection

Police certificates applied for by 14 March, 2024 have been delivered to the Consulate.
*Updated on 26 April, 2024

Collect in person
Please come to our office and collect your certificate in person during opening hours (Mon-Fri 9:30-12:30, 14:00-16:30) with your photo ID (passport, driving licence, etc.).
No online appointment is required for collection.
If you wish for someone to pick up your certificate on behalf, you will need to provide them with an original authorisation letter signed by you. They will need to bring this authorisation letter with them, together with photo ID (passport, driving licence, etc.)s for both themselves and yourself (that is, for the representative and the applicant).

Collect by post
Only those who live in distant locations: anywhere in NT, Newcastle and northward, Lithgow and westward, Nowra and southward in NSW may apply receive your police certificate by post.
If you wish to receive your police certificate by post, please provide us with a self-addressed return envelope (Express Post or Registered Post with a tracking number) when you lodge the application or send it to us later by post.
The size of the police certificate is (240mm x 120mm). Please prepare for a return envelope that will fit this.
*Also when you send it to us, please attach a note saying that the envelope is for the receipt of police certificates, together with your full name and contact number.
*Once you have received your police certificate, please complete the enclosed form and post it back to us. Alternatively, you can send it by email. (Consular Section Email: cgryoji@sy.mofa.go.jp)


Postal address:
Consulate - General of Japan, Sydney (Consular / Certificate Section)
GPO BOX 4125 Sydney NSW 2001
*If you have provided a self-addressed envelope with your application, we will post your police certificate as soon as it arrived.

Frequently Asked Questions