Choose the gender on your citizenship record
If your gender is different to the one on your birth certificate, you can ask for your citizenship certificate to show your new gender (if you have not yet applied for citizenship), or request an evidentiary certificate (if you have applied for citizenship).
Genders you can choose to show on your certificate
You can choose:
If you are not yet a New Zealand citizen
If you are applying for or registering your New Zealand citizenship, you can ask for your citizenship certificate to show your preferred gender.
How to apply
Select your preferred gender when you:
Documents you must include
Include these 2 documents with your New Zealand citizenship application:
- your original birth certificate
- a statutory declaration that states:
- the gender you want on your citizenship certificate, and
- how long you have been living with that gender identity.
If you are aged 17 or under, you also must include statutory declarations from:
- your parent or legal guardian, and
- a doctor or registered counsellor.
If you are already a New Zealand citizen
You cannot change your gender on your citizenship certificate, as it is a 'point in time' record, which cannot be changed after the fact.
However, you can request an evidentiary certificate to confirm your gender and any other changes in details since you gained citizenship.
This certificate will show your name and gender as recorded when you became a citizen, with an additional statement confirming your new gender.
The fee to confirm your gender on an evidentiary certificate is $112.40.
How to apply
Contact the Citizenship Office to request an evidentiary certificate: