Register as a citizen by descent and get a passport
If you're a citizen by descent you need to register your citizenship to get a NZ passport.
If you want to register your citizenship but you don't want a passport, you still use the forms below.
Complete this form if you were:
- born overseas, and
- 1 of your parents is a NZ citizen by birth or grant when you were born.
Children under 16
Complete this form if either parent was a NZ citizen by birth or grant when the child was born.
Who has to sign the form and why
If the claim to citizenship is through the mother, the father doesn't have to sign the form. This is because you don't need to provide information about the father to verify who the mother is.
If the claim to citizenship is through the father, you have to prove he is the father. So, both parents need to give consent for their information to be collected and used to verify the claim.
When you sign the form, you're not consenting to the registration of citizenship. You're consenting to:
- the collection of information about you, to check if your child is eligible for citizenship.
Passing on citizenship to children
Citizens by birth or grant can pass citizenship to children born overseas.
Citizens by descent can’t pass citizenship to children born overseas — but can apply for citizenship by grant.