Get a birth certificate
How to apply
Your New Zealand birth certificate can be used as official ID for most things. It costs $33 to get a standard one sent to you, $35 for a decorative one or $55 for a pack with a standard and a decorative birth certificate.
You can order your baby’s birth certificate when you register their birth.
You can also order a birth certificate for your baby or child at a later date. Just complete an order request by phone, online, by post or in person.
Order online if you have a verified RealMe account
If you have a verified RealMe account, you can order birth certificates online.
You can get a verified RealMe account by going to a PostShop and having your photo taken, or when you renew your passport online.
Order by phone
Most people can order their birth certificate by phone.
Freephone: 0800 225 252 (NZ only)
Phone: +64 4 463 9362 (outside NZ)
You can pay over the phone by credit or debit card.
Order by post
You’ll need a referee to sign the form — they must be over 16, and have known you for at least 6 months or seen your official ID.
Post the form to:
Births, Deaths and Marriages
PO Box 10526
You can also order certificates in person in Auckland, Manukau, Wellington or Christchurch. You'll need photo ID.
If you're ordering someone else's birth certificate
You can usually order a birth certificate for anyone born in New Zealand. You need to know:
- the person's full name
- the year of the birth.
If you don’t know the year of the birth, you can ask Births, Deaths and Marriages to search birth records for you — there’s a fee for this.
What it costs
- $33 for a standard birth certificate
- $35 for a decorative birth certificate
- $55 for a pack with a standard and a decorative birth certificate
- $25 for a printout of your birth certificate. A printout is usually used when you're researching family history — it's a typed or handwritten copy of the information, so it's not a legal document but it’s cheaper to get.
If you need a birth certificate to apply for a government benefit and you can't afford the cost, talk to Work and Income — they may be able to pay for the certificate for you.
When you'll get it
You’ll get your certificate in the post or your printout by email after about 8 working days.
What you get
Your birth certificate is an official document. It shows information about your:
- full birth name
- date and place of birth
- parents’ details.
It doesn’t show your time of birth.
You can choose a standard certificate and/or a decorative certificate, which has an image on it.
Using your birth certificate
You usually can't use your birth certificate as proof of your identity on its own — you'll need to show other ID too (eg a driver licence or credit card). Different organisations have different rules about what you can use.
Some places only accept birth certificates issued after 1998, which have a unique identifier number linking the certificate to the birth registration. Unless you’re asked specifically for a post-1998 birth certificate, you don’t need to get a new one.