New Zealand birth certificates are a record of birth. You can order a birth certificate online, by phone, by post or in person. Prices start at $33 for a standard certificate.
Your New Zealand marriage or civil union certificate is an official record of your marriage. It costs $33 to get one sent to you.
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.
Birth, death, marriage, civil union and name change records are a public register — anyone can generally request copies of someone's information. You can see who's accessed your records since 2009 or block access to them if your safety is at risk.
If you need a document translated into English or another language, you can organise the translation yourself or use the Department of Internal Affairs Translation Service.
When you need to use a New Zealand document in another country, you might be asked to get the document apostilled or authenticated. Some countries call this legalisation.
RealMe is the secure way to prove who you are online. You can use it in two ways: to prove who you are when you’re online, and to log into lots of NZ government sites and services.
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