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Translating documents into English

Get a document translated into English so you can use it in NZ.

You can use the Department of Internal Affairs Translation Service.

Decide what you need to translate

You might be able to get a selective translation — only the information that is needed is translated.

You can get a selective translation for a:

  • birth certificate
  • marriage certificate
  • divorce certificate
  • death certificate
  • police clearance
  • name change certificate
  • driver licence.

Other documents may need to be translated in full.

If you’re applying for NZ citizenship

If you’re applying for NZ citizenship, and you already have an authorised translation, please send the translation in with the original document.

Unsure if you need a translation?

If you’re unsure if you need a translation for your NZ citizenship application, send in your original documents and we will arrange for them to be translated. There is no charge for this unless you require a copy of the translation for your own purposes.

What it costs

It costs $95 for a selective translation.

The Translation Service will give you a quote if you’re getting a document translated in full.

What you need to provide

You do not need to send the original documents — a copy is fine.

When you contact the Translation Service, you need to tell them:

  • what you need to get translated
  • how you want the translation returned to you — email, courier, post or pick-up
  • your name, contact and payment information.

There’s a form you can fill in to give this information, but you do not need to use it.

Request for translation (PDF 440KB)

How to pay

You can pay by:

  • Credit, debit or prepaid gift card (for example Prezzy card) — add your payment details to the form.
  • EFTPOS — only available when you visit an office in person.
  • Money order — only available if you are applying from overseas.

If you’re a company

Companies ordering translations can choose to be invoiced after the translation is done.

If you want to be invoiced, include:

  • your postal address or the email address for your finance department
  • any reference you would like on the invoice.

How to contact the Translation Service

You can send your documents and information by email, post, courier or in person.


Freephone: 0800 872 675 (NZ only)
Phone: +64 4 460 2220


Translation Service
Department of Internal Affairs
PO Box 805
Wellington 6140


Translation Service
Level 2
7 Waterloo Quay

In person

Level 2
7 Waterloo Quay
Carlaw Park
12-14 Nicholls Lane
Parnell 1010
Level 1, BNZ Centre
120 Hereford Street
Christchurch Central


How long it takes

Selective translations are usually returned to you after 2 to 4 working days. Full translations may take longer.

If you need it done by a certain date, tell the Translation Service.

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