Apply for a child's first passport
Child passports are for children aged 15 and under. They cost $120 and are valid for 5 years. When a child turns 16, their passport is still valid until it expires or is cancelled.
For current passport processing timeframes, visit the passports website.
Apply for a child’s first passport
If your child is aged 16 or over:
They must apply for their passport as an adult.
You can apply for your child's first passport online.
- a RealMe login
- your child's details
- an identity referee
- a passport photo
- a device with internet access and a camera
- an emergency contact
- consent from a parent or guardian
- a payment method
- delivery details.
If you need to travel urgently
If you need to travel in a hurry you can apply for an urgent passport. It costs $326 and is processed within 3 working days.
If you’re a New Zealand citizen and you have a child overseas
You can register your child as a New Zealand citizen by descent and get them a New Zealand passport.
Other ways to apply
The fastest way to apply for your child's passport is online – no paper, postage or visits to the office needed. Paper applications can take longer as they need extra processing.
If you do need to apply by post or in person, start here to answer the questions, then look for the PDF form under 'Other ways to apply'.