New Zealand Embassy Tokyo, Japan

Japanese police clearances

To obtain a police certificate you will need to apply to the prefectural police headquarters where you reside. In support of your application, you may need to produce a letter from the organisation which requires the police certificate stating why it is needed.

If you require a police certificate to register with the New Zealand Teachers Council, you may wish to print out this page and show the police the text below which helps to set out the Teachers Council's requirements.

If you have already returned to New Zealand, see the police certificate application information on the website of the Embassy of Japan in Wellington.

New Zealand Teachers Council: Police Certificate Requirements

The New Zealand Teachers Council provides the following information on its website about the need for registering applicants to submit police (criminal history) certificates.

  • Applicants who have lived for a period of 12 months or more in any country other than New Zealand within the last 10 years are required to obtain a police certificate from that country.
  • The police clearance must cover the entire period of time that the applicant has lived in the country.
  • Police clearances issued within 6 months of the date of departure from the country can be considered by the Council.


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