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The Department of Internal Affairs

The Department of Internal Affairs

Te Tari Taiwhenua

Building a safe, prosperous and respected nation


Services › identity verification service

Verify your identity

The identity verification service, operated by the Department of Internal Affairs, has become part of RealMe, which is a service from the New Zealand government and New Zealand Post. RealMe provides a secure online way to prove your identity to an organisation, such as a bank, insurance company or government agency.

To add a verified identity to your RealMe account, you will need to complete an online application and then have your photo taken at a participating PostShop. Alternatively, you can also get a verified identity through the Passports website when you renew your adult passport online.

To find out more about how RealMe works and how to apply, visit