Police are looking at charging organisations to undertake vetting checks on prospective employees.
This free service has been earmarked to attract a fee, but police are seeking feedback before imposing a charge.
Mike Webb, acting strategy, policy and performance general manager for New Zealand Police, says it is one of the few modern forces that does not have a system to recover some costs.
He says recovering costs for certain services will allow police to focus resources on front-line services and preventing crime.
Any charge will be set at a level that is reasonable and some organisations may be exempt from the charge, he says.
Submissions are open until March 5 and a recommendation will then go to government.