Get someone else's birth, death, or marriage certificate
New Zealand birth, death, marriage, civil union and name change certificates are public records. In most cases, they can be ordered by anyone.
Historical births, deaths and marriages
You can search online for:
- birth records that are at least 100 years old
- stillbirth records that are at least 50 years old
- marriage records that are at least 80 years old
- death records that are at least 50 years old, or
- death records where the deceased's date of birth was at least 80 years ago.
Recent births, deaths and marriages, and civil union and name change records
You can order more recent records from Births, Deaths and Marriages.
- the full name of the person whose record you want (or the full names of both people, if it’s a marriage or civil union), and
- the year of their birth, death, or marriage.
If you don't know the year of the event
If you don’t know the year of the birth, death or marriage, you can ask Births, Deaths and Marriages to search their records. There may be an extra cost for this.
A non-disclosure direction on someone's records means that only the person who’s the subject of the information (or anyone they authorise) can get a certificate or printout of their records.
If you ask for a certificate or printout that’s affected by a non-disclosure direction, Births, Deaths and Marriages will tell you that the information exists, but can’t be provided.