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Passports for Children
Applying for a Passport for a Child
Children require their own passport to travel. An application for a passport can be made on behalf of a child who is aged under 16 years.
To apply for a passport for a child:
A parenting order (formerly known as custody or access orders), that gives day-to-day care or contact to one parent or guardian, will not prevent the other parent or guardian from obtaining a passport for the child. A passport will be refused only if there is a court order made in New Zealand, or an overseas court order registered in New Zealand, which has the intent or effect of preventing the issue of a passport or removal of the child from his or her country of residence.
If you are unsure about these matters, you may wish to contact a solicitor for advice.
Guardians who are not the child's parents
If consent is given by a legal guardian who is not a parent of the child, documentary proof of guardianship is required. This may be (please provide original documents):
The Passport Office can only discuss the details of a child's application with the consenting parent or guardian as stated on the application form, unless prior handwritten permission is provided by the consenting parent or guardian.
For more information see Preventing Children Being Taken from New Zealand.
Last updated: 03/02/2006