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Register as a citizen by descent and get a passport

If you are a citizen by descent you need to register your citizenship to get a New Zealand passport.

COVID-19 and urgent descent registration applications

If you need a New Zealand passport to travel immediately for emergency reasons, call the Passport Office to discuss your situation:

For non-urgent applications, follow the standard process below.

Use one of the application forms below to register your citizenship by descent — even if you do not want a passport.

You are not officially a citizen until you have registered.

Fees

For adults aged 16 or over it costs:

  • NZD$204.40 to register your citizenship
  • NZD$395.40 to register your citizenship and get a passport.

For children aged 15 or under it costs:

  • NZD$204.40 to register your citizenship
  • NZD$315.40 to register your citizenship and get a passport.

If you live outside New Zealand

In addition to the registration and passport application fees, you must pay the international courier fees when you post your form to the Citizenship Office.

Apply to register your citizenship by descent

Adults aged 16 or over

Complete this form if you:

Application for New Zealand citizenship by descent and passport — adult (PDF 700KB)

Children aged 15 or under

Complete this form if:

Application for New Zealand citizenship by descent and passport — child (PDF 696KB)

Who has to sign the form and why

If your claim to New Zealand citizenship is through your mother

Your mother must sign the form.

If your claim to New Zealand citizenship is through your father

Both your mother and your father must sign the form.

What it means when your parent signs the form

When your parent signs the form, it means they are giving consent for their information to be collected and used to:

  • verify they are your parent, and
  • check if you are eligible for citizenship.

If your parent has died

If your parent cannot sign the form because they have died, you need to provide a death certificate.

Upgrade to citizenship by grant

If you have already registered your citizenship by descent, you can also apply for citizenship by grant. This will allow you to pass down citizenship to children born outside New Zealand.

This service is not yet available online – you need to download a form and apply in person or by post.

Apply for citizenship by grant

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