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How to Apply for a New Zealand Passport



Application Process
Under the
Passports Act 1992, you must be a New Zealand citizen to be issued with a New Zealand passport. The Passport Application Form covers: The Passport Application Form must be completed in full if:
  • You are applying for a passport for the first time;
  • You wish to replace your current passport;
  • Your passport has expired; or
  • Your passport has been lost or stolen.

Supporting Documents
Most first time passport applicants do not need to provide supporting documents such as New Zealand birth, marriage, civil union or citizenship certificates to prove name details and entitlement to a New Zealand passport.

Some first time applicants will still need to provide supporting documentation as our computer records only cover New Zealand births, marriages, civil unions and citizenship records. For further details on what documents to send, see below. If you are required to provide documents, they must be originals, not photocopies or certified photocopies.

Previous New Zealand passport holders wishing to renew their current or expired passport must still send their most recent passport with the application form.


Proof of New Zealand Citizenship
You will not need to send your citizenship documents if you:
You will need to send your citizenship documents if you:
  • Obtained New Zealand citizenship by other means;
  • Are a first time applicant born in the Cook Islands, Niue or Tokelau.
If required, New Zealand citizenship certificates can be obtained from the Citizenship Office.

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


Proof of Name Change Details
You will not need to send your name change documents if you:
  • Have changed your name by marriage or civil union in New Zealand; or
  • 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 name change documents if you:
  • Have changed your name by marriage or civil union outside New Zealand;
  • Were born in New Zealand and changed your name outside New Zealand; or
  • Were born outside New Zealand and changed your name inside or outside New Zealand.
If required, New Zealand birth, marriage and civil union certificates and change of name documents can be obtained from
Births, Deaths and Marriages.

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


Proof of Identity
Someone you know will need to formally identify you on the application form, and certify one of your photos. This person will be called your identity witness, and needs to meet the requirements outlined below.

A witness must not:
  • Be a relative;
  • Be your partner; or
  • 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;
  • 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; and
  • Be willing to provide the required 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; and
  • Write the full name of the person applying for the passport on the back of one of the photos, write 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 the 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

Photographs
All applicants, including babies, must provide two identical photos of themselves. Both photos must be the same in all ways taking care they are not damaged by staples, pins, paperclips, folding or ink etcetera.

The photos must be:
  • Recent photos, less than six months old.
  • A full-front view of face, head and shoulders, looking straight at the camera with eyes open and head straight.
  • Without hat, head band or head covering. If you wear these for religious or medical reasons, please state the reason on the Statutory Declaration in the passport application form.
  • In all cases, facial features from the bottom of the chin to the top of the forehead and both edges of the face must be clearly shown.
  • Without sunglasses. Tinted prescription glasses may be worn as long as the eyes are still visible. There must be no light reflection on the glasses. Thick or heavy rimmed frames must be removed.
  • A true image and not altered in any way.
  • Clear, sharp and in focus with minimum reflective light on the face.
  • With a plain, light coloured background (not white or dark) and no background shadow.
  • Of high quality colour showing natural skin tones (black and white photos are not acceptable).
  • Printed on high quality photographic paper of high resolution, instant colour film or low gloss coated thermal papers providing the printers are high resolution printing systems.
  • Not printed with ink jet printers, on extremely high gloss paper or heavily backed thermal paper.
  • Taken with a neutral expression with the mouth closed.
  • With eyes open and clearly visible, and no hair across the face or eyes.
  • Actual photo size of 45mm height x 35mm width.
  • Head size a maximum 80% of the photo (36mm)/minimum 70% of the photo (32mm).
The witness who identifies the applicant on the application form must write the applicants full name on the back of one photo, and then sign it in their own name and date it with the date the photograph is signed. This all must be done by the witness.

For more information on passport photo requirements see
Photographic Requirements.


If applying from outside New Zealand
If you are living outside New Zealand, you can apply for your passport from our
Sydney, London or Wellington offices. You should use the form that matches the office location to which you are sending the application:

Wellington: Application for a New Zealand Passport when lodged in New Zealand (PAS1).

Sydney: Application for a New Zealand Passport when lodged in Australia (PAS1A) .

London: Application for a New Zealand Passport when lodged in the United Kingdom (PAS1UK). See international despatch of passports from the London office for further details about international despatch options and fees.


Application Fees All payments must be in the currency of the country to which you are sending your application for processing. Please do not send cash through the mail. For current conversion rates see the Currency Converter (please see our disclaimer). You must confirm the exact fee payable by checking the tables below.


Applications Lodged in New Zealand

Standard Service
(ten working days)
Urgent Service
(three working days)
Callout Service
Adult
NZ$150.00
NZ$300.00
NZ$650.00
Child (under 16 years)
NZ$80.00
NZ$230.00
NZ$580.00

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

If you choose to send your application to New Zealand for processing, you will need to make your payment in New Zealand currency. The fee can either be paid by credit card (AMEX or Diners credit cards not acceptable) or by bank draft or bank cheque made out in New Zealand dollars drawn on a New Zealand bank.


Applications Lodged in Australia

Standard Service
(ten working days)
Urgent Service
(three working days)
Callout Service
Adult
A$162.00
A$324.00
A$622.00
Child (under 16 years)
A$83.00
A$245.00
A$543.00

Payment can be made by credit card (Visa, Mastercard or Bankcard), cheque or money order. Make cheques and money orders payable to 'Department of Internal Affairs'. Payment by personal cheque will not be accepted for either the urgent or callout services. Do not send cash through the mail.


Applications Lodged in the United Kingdom

Standard Service
(ten working days)
Urgent Service
(three working days)
Callout Service
Adult
GBP62.00
GBP124.00
GBP237.00
Child (under 16 years)
GBP32.00
GBP94.00
GBP207.00

Payment can be made by Visa, Mastercard, Switch, Solo, cheque or money order. Make cheques and money orders payable to 'Department of Internal Affairs'. Payment by personal cheque will not be accepted for either the urgent or callout services. Do not send cash through the mail.

If you choose to send your application to London for processing, payment can either be made by credit card (AMEX or Diners credit cards not acceptable) or by bank draft or bank cheque made out in Great British Pounds Sterling. See
international despatch of passports from the London office for further details about international despatch options and fees.


General Fee Information

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
This fee is only charged once where a group is applying at the same time. 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.

Handling Fee for New Zealand Diplomatic Posts
If you wish to send your passport application(s) to New Zealand, Sydney or London via a
New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) Post, an additional handling fee of NZ$50.00 is required. The handling fee is in addition to the relevant passport application fee. It also covers the return of the passport(s) via the Diplomatic Bag to the Post and collection by the applicant.

Only one handling and administration fee is required per family/group.

Payments to Diplomatic Posts
If you are submitting your application through a New Zealand MFAT Post, payment can be made by bank draft or bank cheque, which should be made payable to the Post concerned. You can pay by credit card, (Mastercard, Bankcard or Visa credit card). You can also use cash if submitting the application in person (do not send cash through the mail).

Dishonoured cheques
If a cheque is dishonoured by the bank, the applicant will be liable for any costs incurred by the Department of Internal Affairs in recovering that fee. Additional costs may include any reasonable bank and debt collector charges. Where fees have not been paid in respect of an issued passport, the validity of the passport may be affected.


Application Forms
In order to download and print passport application forms from this website, you will need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. You can download this from the
Adobe site.

Once you have accessed and printed the form, complete the necessary information in pen and send the required accompanying material to the Passport Office. Please note that application forms must be handwritten. The Passport Office will not process forms completed on a computer. Hard copy versions of the forms are available from the Passport Office.

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