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.
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.
Department of Internal Affairs
PO Box 805
7 Waterloo Quay
7 Waterloo Quay
12-14 Nicholls Lane
Level 1, BNZ Centre
120 Hereford Street
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.