Locating a prisoner

To find out whether someone is in prison, or which prison they are in you can write or email us to find out.

We need to know the following information in any request:

  • the full name of the person you want to contact, and any other names that they might be known by
  • the person’s date of birth
  • your name
  • the reason for the enquiry
  • your postal address.

Postal address:

National Office
Department of Corrections
PO Box 1206
Wellington 6140
New Zealand

Email: info@corrections.govt.nz.

Corrections must comply with the Privacy and Official Information Acts when providing information.

If the person is in prison, we ask them for their consent to tell someone where they are. If they consent, we will let you know which prison they are in, and tell you how to get in touch with them.

If the person is not in prison, or does not give us permission to tell you, then we are unable to give any information.