Translating documents into English
Get a document translated into English so you can use it in NZ.
You can organise the translation yourself or use the Department of Internal Affairs Translation Service.
You might be able to get a basic translation from the Translation Service – they will translate only the information that is needed by the NZ organisation. This is called a selective translation. It costs $75 for each document.
You can get a selective translation for a:
- birth certificate
- marriage certificate
- divorce certificate
- death certificate
- police clearance
- name change certificate
- driver licence.
If you are applying for NZ citizenship, you can use the same translation you used for your immigration visa application. You don’t need to get a new translation of the document.
Other documents may need to be translated in full. Contact the Translation Service for a quote.
Submit your form
You can send your application and documents by email, post or courier or bring them to 1 of the Translation Service’s offices. You don't need to send the original documents — a copy is fine.
Department of Internal Affairs
PO Box 805
Level 5, 120 Victoria Street
Lower Ground Level, National Library
70 Molesworth Street
Level 6, AA Building
99 Albert Street
7 Ronwood Avenue
Level 1, BNZ Centre
120 Hereford Street
Pay the fee
You need to include payment information when you send your documents. You can pay by:
- Visa, MasterCard or American Express — include your card details when you send your documents or include a phone number if you want to give your card details over the phone
- cheque made out to the Department of Internal Affairs
- money order
- EFTPOS or cash if you order your translation in person.
If you're a company
Companies ordering translations can choose to be invoiced after the translation is done. If you want to be invoiced, include:
- your postal address or the email address for your finance department
- any reference you'd like on the invoice.
How long it takes
Selective translations will be returned to you after 2 to 4 working days. Other documents may take longer.
You can pay $90 to have your documents translated urgently.