Skip to main content
New Zealand citizenship
There are 3 main types of New Zealand citizenship: by birth, by descent and by grant.
Before you apply, check you meet the requirements to become a New Zealand citizen.
Follow these steps when you apply for New Zealand citizenship.
If you are a citizen by descent, you must register your citizenship before you can get a New Zealand passport.
What to do if you have lost your New Zealand citizenship certificate, or if you need to prove whether or not you are a New Zealand citizen.
Your citizenship status may change if you want citizenship of more than 1 country or to give up New Zealand citizenship — or if the New Zealand government takes away your citizenship.
If you were born and adopted in New Zealand you are likely to be a New Zealand citizen. If you were born or adopted outside New Zealand, you might be a citizen — if not, you may be able to apply to become one.
When you become a New Zealand citizen, you will have the same privileges as a person who was born here. You will also have the same responsibilities.
Phone numbers, emails and addresses for New Zealand citizenship offices in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom.
Utility links and page information
Date printed 02 December 2022