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Order a birth certificate

New Zealand birth certificates are a record of birth. You can order a birth certificate online. It costs $33 for a standard certificate.

Order online — new or replacement

You can order online for a person born within the last 100 years.

Order online

If you’re researching family history

For births that happened at least 100 years ago, use:

Birth, Death and Marriage Historical Records

You can also see information about:

Finding a child or parent on the sperm and egg donor list

If you want a birth certificate for your new baby

To get a birth certificate for your new baby, you’ll need to register their birth first.

You can register your child and order a certificate at the same time.

Register your baby

If you’ve already registered the birth, you can order a birth certificate at any time.

If you’re adopted and need your original birth certificate, you have to complete a different form.

Finding your birth parents

What it costs

Certificate costs

You can choose a standard or a decorative certificate which has an image on it.

It costs:

  • $33 for a standard birth certificate
  • $35 for a decorative birth certificate
  • $55 for a pack with a standard and a decorative birth certificate.

If you need a birth certificate to apply for a government benefit and you cannot afford the cost, Work and Income may be able to help.

Ministry of Social Development

An undecorated birth certificate

Standard certificate



A birth certificate with imagery of native New Zealand bush

Forest certificate

A birth certificate with an image of a mother holding a baby on a beach

Beach certificate

 

All Blacks birth certificate with image of silver fern and rugby jersey

All Blacks certificate

Delivery costs

Standard certificates are folded. Decorative certificates are sent in a flat pack.

Deliver to an NZ address

  • Standard post is free.
  • Courier $5.

Deliver to an overseas address

Standard post is free.

Overseas courier costs:

  • Australia, Asia, Pacific $15
  • USA $20
  • Europe, UK $25
  • rest of the world $30.

When you’ll get it

Most people get their certificates in 1 to 2 weeks.

Other ways to order

Order by post using the paper application form

Order in person

You can order certificates in person in Auckland, Manukau, Wellington or Christchurch. You'll need photo ID.

To save time, book an appointment online before you visit a BDM office.

Births, Deaths and Marriages offices

Order by phone

You can order a birth certificate by phone. You can pay by credit or debit card.

Call Births, Deaths and Marriages

If there’s a mistake on your birth certificate

If there’s a mistake on your birth certificate, contact Births, Deaths and Marriages by phone to talk about making a change.

You may need to pay for a replacement certificate. You can pay over the phone by credit or debit card.

Call Births, Deaths and Marriages

If you want to use your birth certificate outside New Zealand

When you need to use a New Zealand birth certificate in another country, you might be asked to get the document apostilled or authenticated. Some countries call this legalisation.

An apostille or authentication is an official government certificate that proves the signature, stamp or seal on a document is genuine.

You can make a request to get your birth certificate apostilled or authenticated by phone or post.

Use your NZ documents overseas

You might be asked to get your birth certificate translated into another language.

Translating official documents

Checking the surname on your birth certificate

To check the surname used on your birth certificate, you have to apply and pay for the birth certificate.

If you were born before 1972

Children born before 1972 were not registered with surnames. Records were updated in 1995 to assign the mother’s surname if the parents were not married, and the father’s name if they were.

Most people will not be affected, but some people may find their record is not in their preferred surname and needs to be amended.

The amendment is free of charge.

If there’s a record of your parents’ marriage

You need to write and ask for your surname to be amended.

Postal address and email details

If there’s not a record of your parents’ marriage

You need to write and ask for your surname to be amended and provide two types of evidence:

  • something recent, and
  • something from as early in life as possible.

Types of evidence you can use:

  • Bank statements
  • Baptismal record
  • Community Services Card
  • Educational certificate or school report
  • Electoral roll record
  • Inland Revenue tax number
  • Lease or tenancy agreements
  • Motor vehicle registration
  • Rates notices
  • School records
  • Steps to Freedom form
  • Student identity card
  • Trade certificate
  • Utility accounts — for example, power or phone bills.

Postal address and email details

Utility links and page information

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