BDM service timeframes
Check this page regularly for up-to-date BDM processing times.
NZ Post delays:
There may be delivery delays due to the impact of Cyclone Gabrielle on NZ Post services.
For the latest updates, visit NZ Post:
We will process your application as soon as possible.
The timeframes below are estimates only. If we need any additional information during processing, we will contact you.
|Application type||Estimated timeframe|
|Apostille or authentication||7 working days|
|Birth registration||8 working days|
|Certificate, printout or source document||8 working days|
|Add a parent’s details to a birth record||8 working days|
|Remove a parent’s details from a birth record||8 working days|
|Name change||2 months|
|Name change certificate||4 months|
|Investigate a potential error on a record||8 months|
Working days do not include weekends or public holidays. The timeframes above do not include delivery times for certificates.
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