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Register as a citizen by descent and get a passport

If you are a citizen by descent, you must register your citizenship before you can get a New Zealand passport.

Descent registration and passport timeframes:

Descent registration and passport applications take up to 12 weeks plus delivery.

Applications may require checks with external agencies to verify the descent claim. In some cases external checks can take months to complete. We will contact you directly if this applies to your application.

If you need a New Zealand passport to travel immediately for an emergency, 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$419.40 to register your citizenship and get a passport.

For children aged 15 or under it costs:

  • NZD$204.40 to register your citizenship
  • NZD$329.40 to register your citizenship and get a passport.

In addition to the registration and passport application fees, you must also pay for the cost of courier delivery. The amount you need to pay will depend on your current location.

Passport courier costs

Apply to register your citizenship by descent

Adults aged 16 or over

Complete this form if:

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

Application for New Zealand citizenship by descent and passport — adult — accessible alternative (.txt 28KB)

Children aged 15 or under

Complete this form if:

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

Application for New Zealand citizenship by descent and passport — child — accessible alternative (.txt 28KB)

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

Citizens by descent may also meet the requirements 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

Who to contact for more help

If you need more help or have questions about the information or services on this page, contact the following agency.

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