Where is my police check?

Log into your account.

Does the status say "Submitted to police"? If yes, once submitted to the National Police Checking Service, Clear to Work has NO control over how long they take to process your police check.

Have you finished all five steps of the application process, including the upload of your identification and signing on screen? More than 50% of customers who email with this question have not finished the application.

If you have finished the application process, the status column will list the date it was submitted to the police. The action column will say “No further action required”.

Once submitted to the police, there is nothing we can do to speed up your check. 

The action column in my online account says “Continue Check”.

You have not finished your application form. Please click on “Continue Check” and complete the remaining steps. There are five steps in our application process, and your police check is not submitted to the police until all are complete.

The action column says “no further action”.

Is there a big red box that says “resubmit document”? This means there was a problem with your identification documents. Click the big red box and follow the instructions to fix your identification.

I can't upload my face photo/identification photo?

Files are to be .jpg or .png only.  NO PDF - you cannot upload PDF documents.

Make the image as small as possible. 

Is the file too large?

If the image is too large, open your ID in Microsoft paint or an equivalent program.

  1. To resize the document, zoom out of the image first to make it a bit smaller. The Zoom feature is located under the View Tab of paint.
  2. Then Click on Select Square  on the Tool Bar in Microsoft paint ( under the Home tab )

This will allow you to crop the ID to the right size – removing any excess

  1. Then click the resize button and choose resize Horizontal to 50 % This will bring the document to the recommended size accepted by the Clear to Work Police Check System.
  2. Save the document.

I am getting an "Internal Error" message when trying to verify my identification. What is going on?

You tried to enter incorrect information into the federal government identification verification system too many times.

For security purposes, it will lock you out after three attempts.

Please send email to info@cleartowork.com.au and we can unlock your account. 

Why do you ask for payment at the start of the application?

Our police check application process is a 5 step process, of which Step 2 requires payment. This is an industry standard for online police check companies. By paying upfront you are paying to upload your ID onto a secure platform, and you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for the use of our site. This means that your personal information is held securely.

How do I log into my account?

Go to https://check.cleartowork.com.au

Select Login from far right of the screen.

Enter your email address and password.

Click the login button.

I can’t remember my password.

At the bottom of the login screen, you will see the words:

If you forgot your password, you can reset it.

Click on the words “reset it”. They are blue.

I tried to reset my password but got the message “there is no user with such email.”

Either you tried to enter the wrong email address into the password reset link, or you made an error when you entered your email on set up.

Please send an email to info@cleartowork.com.au from the email you registered with so that we can correct your email address in our system.

I logged into my account and it says one of my IDs was denied. Why wasn't I notified?

When an ID is denied an automated email will be issued to you notifying you of what needs to be amended. Please note that web based platform emails (e.g. Gmail, Hotmail, or Yahoo) tend to move automated emails directly to spam or junk, so please ensure to check these folders for correspondence from Clear to Work.

How long does it take to process a police check?

Online National Police History Checks 

We have no control on the turnaround time of a police check. It can take anywhere between 1 business day to 15 business days +.
Once submitted to the National Police Checking Service, Clear to Work has NO control over how long they take to process your police check.

Federal Police Checks

Click here to read more about delivery times.

Please NoteOnce submitted to the National Police Checking Service, Clear to Work has NO control over how long they take to process your police check.

Should I contact you if I haven’t received my police check? How do I speed up the process?

No, we cannot speed up the process and neither can any other provider of police checks.

But please, log into your account to ensure you have finished the application process.

Click here to read more about delivery times.

It has been two days - where is my Police Check?

Are you sure you finished all five steps of the application process?

Your police check has been flagged for further review by the National Police Checking Service.

When a police check is submitted to the NPCS, biographic details such as an individual's name and date of birth are checked against a central names index using a matching algorithm. This is to determine if there is a match to any person of interest who may have police history information.

A potential match may be found by the system using the name matching algorithm if an individual shares similar details with other individuals recorded in police systems, particularly if the individual has a common name. The relevant Police Agency that receives the potential match will then manually process the police check to determine if the details are a match or not. If it is a match, the police will decide to determine what information is allowed to be released. If it is not a match, the result will be returned with 'no disclosable court outcomes'.

In the majority of cases, the check request is finalised in 10-12 business days.

There is nothing we can do to speed up the process and neither can any other provider of police checks.

Click here to review delivery times.

Please NoteOnce submitted to the National Police Checking Service, Clear to Work has NO control over how long they take to process your police check.

How long is a police check result valid?

There is no standard time frame that a check is valid — a police check is a 'point in time' check, meaning the results only reflect police records on the date that the check is released. The organisation that requires the check will typically determine the acceptable length of time, and this can vary.

What is a police check?

The police checks on this site are known as a National Police History Check.

A National Police History Check is a document listing an individual’s disclosable court outcomes. Disclosable court outcomes are offences that an individual has pleaded guilty to, or been found guilty of, after a trial. If an individual has no disclosable court outcomes, then none will be listed.

A National Police History Check contains disclosable court outcomes from all Australian states or territories. It is not limited to any particular state.

National Police History Checks are also known as:

  • National Police Check (NPC)
  • National Criminal History Check
  • National Criminal Record
  • National Criminal Record Check

What information is contained on a National Police History Check?

A National Police History Check contains all findings of guilt. This is wider than a court conviction. It includes any admission of guilt, good behaviour bonds, community-based orders, and suspended sentences.

Certain convictions, such as spent or juvenile convictions, may not be disclosed. A finding of guilt will not expire and will not be removed from your record. However, it may be hidden from your record if it is spent. 

Whether a finding is spent will depend on state and federal legislation. Generally, an offence is spent if it is older than five years if convicted as a child, or older than ten years in any other case.

How do I get a police check?

The process is straightforward and is all online.

  • Click the start button
  • Fill in your basic information
  • Make payment
  • Verify your identity using our online identification system
  • Submit your application

We submit your police check requests to the National Police Checking Service (Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) previously known as CrimTrac) hourly during business hours.

Our business hours are Monday to Friday 9 am to 4 pm (Queensland time), excluding National and Queensland public holidays.

How long do you keep police checks for?

All police history information is kept for 3 months. All police history information is destroyed after 3 months.

You are able to obtain a copy of your police check within 3 months. After this, a new police check application will be required.

Is police check the same as a State-Based "Working with Children” Clearance?

No. Google search of “working with children clearance” will provide the list of government providers.

Is police check the same as an Australian Federal Police (AFP) Clearance?

No. AFP Clearances can only be obtained through the Australian Federal Police.

How much does it cost for a Police Check?

Our prices are on our home page.

Can I dispute the information on my Police Check?

If you believe the information is wrong, please email us at info@cleartowork.com.au with your first name, surname and reference number and as much information as possible including evidence as to why you believe the check is wrong

We will lodge a dispute with the National Police Checking Service.

How do I get my certificate?

National Police Checks

You will receive an email notification when your certificate is available for download from your online account.

AFP Checks

Results are sent via Australia Post from the AFP to Clear to Work. Once received, your check results will be posted out from our office in Brisbane within one business day.

Can I get a refund?

When you pay for a Police Check through our website, you have read and accepted the refund policy in our terms and conditions:

We do not offer refunds for any of the following:

  • Change of mind (e.g. no longer needed, found it cheaper somewhere else, etc) after partially or fully completing the application process
  • Choosing the wrong check type and/or reason for check
  • Data entry errors made when you enter your details into the application form
  • Checks already submitted to National Police Checking Service
  • Submissions for checks we are not authorised to process
  • Duplicate submissions
  • Lack of detail provided when you enter your details into the application for a criminal history check
  • False or incorrect information provided for a criminal history check
  • Not completing the online application process
  • Not providing 100 points of ID that has been "certified as true copies"
  • Not returning a signed and dated informed consent form.

We cannot expedite the police check process and do not offer refunds if you do not receive your police check in time for an application you might be lodging. Ensure you allow yourself plenty of time.

This policy is subject to the terms and conditions of the Agreement entered into with www.cleartowork.com.au to provide its services.


What Police Checks don't you process?

The National Police History Check we offer on this site are NOT suitable for any of the following:

  • Queensland Office of Fair Trading (for Real Estate Licenses)
  • Matchmaking and Dating Sites
  • VicRoads applications
  • Victorian Taxi Directorate
  • Victorian Real Estate License
  • NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing Accreditation
  • QLD Department of Commerce Real Estate/Sales Agents
  • Police Recruits
  • Court officials
  • Judges, Magistrates, Jurors, Justices of the Peace
  • Victorian IVF Requirements
  • Overseas Immigration Departments
  • Requirements for Foreign Embassies
  • Personal Insurance Claims
  • Victorian Gaming License