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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:

Domestic delivery updates

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.

Service timeframes

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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