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Requirements: Within New Zealand

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A More Convenient Passport Process

From 26 November 2003 most first time passport applicants, lodging their application in New Zealand, no longer need to provide supporting documents such as New Zealand Birth, Marriage or Citizenship certificates to prove your name details and entitlement to a New Zealand passport. Previous New Zealand passport holders wishing to renew their current or expired passport must still send their most recent passport with the application form.

Some first time applicants will however still need to provide supporting documentation as our computer records only cover New Zealand Births, Marriages and Citizenship records. For further details on what documents to send, see the application process.

If you have an application form that states that you do need to provide proof of your entitlement and identity, then you must do so, or you can simply download a new form here. New Zealand application form.

For applications lodged in Australia, United Kingdom, or any overseas post authorised to issue New Zealand passports, supporting documentation is still required.

Application Process
To be issued with a passport you must be a New Zealand citizen under the Passports Act 1992, and you must complete a Passport Application Form which will cover:
The Passport Application Form must be completed in full if:
  • You are applying for a passport for the first time, or
  • You wish to replace your current passport, or
  • Your passport has expired, or
  • Your passport has been lost or stolen.
Proof of New Zealand Citizenship
You will not need to send your documents if:
  • You were born in New Zealand, or
  • You obtained New Zealand Citizenship by Grant, or
  • You obtained New Zealand Citizenship by Descent Registration after 2 January 1978.
You will need to send you documents if:
  • You obtained New Zealand Citizenship by other means, or
  • You are a first time applicant born in Cook Islands, Niue or Tokelau, or
  • You are renewing your previous passport
Proof of your Name Change Details
You will not need to send your documents if:
  • You have changed your name by marriage in New Zealand, or
  • You were born in New Zealand and have changed your name by statutory declaration or deed poll in New Zealand.
You will need to send your documents if:
  • You have changed your name by marriage outside of New Zealand, or
  • You were born in New Zealand and changed your name outside New Zealand, or
  • You were born outside New Zealand and changed your name inside or outside New Zealand.
If you are required to provide documents, they must be originals, not photocopies or certified photocopies.

New Zealand Birth and Marriage certificates and Change of Name documents are issued by
Births, Deaths and Marriage Offices.

New Zealand Citizenship certificates are issued by the Citizenship Office.

For further details on what documents to send please contact us.

Proof of Identity
You need to get someone you know to formally identify you on the application form and to identify your photos. This person will be called your witness and needs to meet the requirements outlined below.

A witness must not:
  • be a relative
  • be your partner
  • live at the same address as you.
A witness must:
  • be aged 16 years or over
  • be the holder of a current New Zealand passport (the passport number must be given)
  • have known the person applying for the passport for more than 12 months (or since birth for a child under 12 months)
  • have a daytime contact telephone number
  • be contactable during normal business hours
  • be willing to provide personal details such as their date of birth and home address.
A witness will:
  • fill in the Proof of Identity page in their own handwriting
  • write the full name of the person applying for the passport on the back of one of the photos, and put the date and sign their own name on the back of the same photo.
If a witness cannot be found who is a current New Zealand passport holder, choose someone from the following groups to act as your witness. They must meet all the other witness criteria mentioned above.
  • Lawyer
  • Justice of the Peace
  • Sworn Police Officer
  • Applicant's Employer
  • Minister of Religion
  • Teacher
  • Registered Medical Practitioner
  • Kaumatua

Photographic Proof of Your Identity
You must provide two identical photos.

The photos must be:
  • undamaged by staples, pins or paper clips
  • less than 12 months old
  • full front view of face, head and shoulders only without hats, head coverings, or head bands (If you wear these for religious or medical reasons you will need to state the reason in a Statutory Declaration).
  • without sunglasses (tinted prescription glasses may be worn as long as eyes are still visible)
  • a true image and not altered in any way
  • clear, sharp and in focus
  • with a plain light coloured background
  • black and white or coloured, but must be a good likeness
  • on photographic paper
  • no smaller than 50 mm x 40 mm.
Do not trim your photos - we will cut to size.

The witness who identifies you on the application form must write your full name on the back of one photo, and then sign and date it.

For more information on passport photo requirements, an electronic (.pdf) version of our pamphlet is also available for
download here. You need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. You can download a free version from the Adobe site.

Application Fees

Standard Service
Urgent ServiceCallout Service
Adult

Child
(under 16 years)
NZ$71.00


NZ$36.00
NZ$146.00


NZ$111.00
NZ$401.00


NZ$366.00

Payment can be made by credit card (Mastercard, Bankcard or Visa) cheque or money order. Make cheques and money orders payable to Department of Internal Affairs. Please do not send cash through the mail.

Applications Processed Overseas
If you are applying for a passport while overseas please check the correct fees and document requirements with the office where your application will be processed.

Applications Sent to New Zealand
If you are sending your application to New Zealand from overseas you will need to make your payment in New Zealand currency. The fee must be paid by a cheque or bank draft in New Zealand dollars drawn on a New Zealand bank.

Urgent Service Fee
The urgent fee can be waived or reimbursed when written evidence from a doctor, hospital or police is produced showing that the need to travel is due to bereavement or serious illness.

Callout Service Fee
The callout fee can be waived or reimbursed when written evidence from a doctor, hospital or police is produced showing that the need to travel is due to bereavement or serious illness. This fee is only charged once where a group is applying at the same time.

Application Form
Form download below. Once the form is downloaded to your computer, you can print it, then complete it using a pen and return the form and accompanying material to us by mail. Forms are in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format. You need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. You can download a free version from the
Adobe site.

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