Police Check Guide.

Revised March 2020

Your complete guide to getting a valid police check in your country. 

Republic of Ireland Garda Vetting Check:

General information

You can make your application for a Garda Vetting check either online or in paper.

United Kingdom Disclosure and Barring Service Check:

General information

Apply for a basic Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to get a copy of your criminal record. This is called ‘basic disclosure’. It costs £23. It’s available for people working in England and Wales.

German Police Check:

General information

The issuing of certificates of good conduct and the issuing of information from the central trade register are generally subject to a fee. The fee is 13 euros each and must be paid online. 

Spanish Police Check:

General information

You can apply for a police background check in Spain either in person or online.

French Police Check:

General information

You can obtain a criminal record check online in France.

Australian Police Check:

General information

Australian citizens can undergo a working with children check in their state of residence. The process of application for a working with children check varies on a state by state basis.

New Zealand Police Check:

General information

There is no such thing as a ‘police clearance certificate’ in New Zealand. If you are convicted of a crime, a criminal record is created and held in a database by the Ministry of Justice. If you are asked for a ‘police clearance certificate’, ‘police record’, ‘police file’, ‘police check’, or ‘criminal check’, a copy of your criminal record from the Ministry of Justice should meet the requirements. If you have no convictions, you will receive a letter stating that is the case.

United States Police Check:

General information

 

In the United States one can apply for a local police record check at their local police department where they reside or last resided in the United States.

Portugal Police Check:

General information

 

In Portugal you need to request a copy of your criminal record.