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The Criminal Records (Clean Slate) Act (Clean Slate Act) came into force in New Zealand in November 2004 and relates to a person’s criminal conviction history. The clean slate scheme allows some people the right to withhold information about their criminal convictions. If it applies, it means that when asked about a criminal record, the person can say they have no criminal record.
A ‘Criminal Record’ covers any past criminal and traffic convictions.
These are some things that are not covered by the Clean Slate Act:
If the person is convicted of another offence, the person will have to start declaring all of their criminal convictions again – it’s an all or nothing scheme, until there is a further 7-year period with no convictions.
The clean slate rules do not apply if you are travelling overseas and applying for a visa to enter another country
The Clean Slate Act will not apply:
So, the key lesson here is to always seek a criminal history record. Even if someone says that they haven’t had a conviction for 7 years it doesn’t mean the Clean Slate Act will apply, especially if that person has been indefinitely disqualified from driving, or is still paying off any court fines or costs.