Get a death certificate
You might need a death certificate if you're administering someone's estate or applying for a funeral grant from Work and Income or ACC.
If you’re researching family history
You might not need an official death certificate.
Instead, you can order a printout. A printout is a copy of the information on the death record. It is not an official document.
Printouts cost $25.
You can order death printouts from Birth, Deaths and Marriages online.
Births, Deaths and Marriages online
You get your printout by email after about 8 working days.
If you’ll use the death certificate overseas
You may need to get an apostille or authentication certificate for the death certificate, or have it translated into another language.
Use your NZ documents overseas
$33 for an official death certificate.
Deliver to an NZ address
- Standard post is free.
- Courier $5.
Deliver to an overseas address
Standard post is free.
Overseas courier costs:
- Australia, Asia, Pacific $15
- USA $20
- Europe, UK $25
- rest of the world $30.
When you’ll get it
Most people get their certificates in 1-2 weeks.
Other ways to order
Order by post using the paper form
Request for death certificate or printout BDM93D (PDF 225KB)
Request for death certificate or printout BDM93D - accessible alternative (TXT 5KB)
Post the completed form to:
Births, Deaths and Marriages
PO Box 10526
Order in person
You can order certificates in person in Auckland, Manukau, Wellington or Christchurch. You'll need photo ID.
To save time, book an appointment online before you visit a BDM office.
Order by phone
Most people can order a death certificate by phone. You can pay by credit or debit card.
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