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Proving and protecting your identity
New Zealand birth certificates are a record of birth. You can order a birth certificate online. It costs $33 for a standard certificate.
Your New Zealand marriage or civil union certificate is an official record of your marriage. It costs $33 to get one sent to you.
You might need a death certificate if you're administering someone's estate or applying for a funeral grant from Work and Income or ACC.
A name change certificate is official evidence of a name change. You can order online and it costs $33.
Birth, death, marriage, civil union and name change records are a public register — anyone can generally request copies of someone's information. You can see who's accessed your records since 2009 or block access to them if your safety is at risk.
If you need a document translated into English or another language, you can organise the translation yourself or use the Department of Internal Affairs Translation Service.
Check which countries require New Zealand documents to be officially authenticated or apostilled by the Department of Internal Affairs' Authentication Unit.
Use RealMe to prove who you are online and securely access many government and private sector services online.
Check this page regularly for up-to-date BDM processing times.
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Date printed 10 December 2023