How to order a name change certificate
It’s easiest to order a name change certificate online. You can also order by phone, post, or in person.
If you were born in NZ
For someone born in NZ, you need to get a birth certificate as proof of your name change.
$33 for an official name change certificate.
How to pay
Delivery cost to an NZ address
Free delivery to an address inside NZ.
$5 for a courier to an address inside NZ.
Delivery cost to an address outside NZ
Free delivery to an address outside NZ.
Outside NZ courier costs
- Australia, Asia, Pacific $15
- USA $20
- Europe, UK $25
- Rest of the world $30
Steps to order a name change certificate
Before you order
What you’ll need to know
Information about the name change
You need to know the:
- full name of the person whose certificate you’re ordering
- date of the name change.
It helps with the search if you know the name at birth.
Information about yourself
If you’re ordering your own certificate, you can use your NZ name change record as evidence of your identity.
Ordering someone else’s certificate
Even if you’re ordering someone else’s certificate, you need to know the date and place of:
- your birth in NZ, or
- your marriage or civil union in NZ, or
- your child’s birth in NZ, and their full name.
If you do not have this information you can not order online. You can choose other ways to order below.
Births, Deaths and Marriages use the information to check who you are, then record your name in the Access Register. The register is a record of who orders certificates.
When you’ll get the certificate
Most people get their certificates in 1 to 2 weeks.
If the record can not be found
You’ll be refunded $8 if Births, Deaths and Marriages can not find the record of the name change.