Fees and charges
Different fees will be charged depending on where you send your application.
If you reside outside of New Zealand (i.e. you are a non-resident for New Zealand tax purposes) and you are sending your application to New Zealand for processing, we will exclude the GST amount from the New Zealand application fees. International courier fees will apply.
Send your application to your nearest New Zealand Passport office. Alternatively, contact your nearest New Zealand Embassy, High Commission or Consulate to see if you can submit your application via their office for an additional fee. Please note, not all offices provide this service.
New Zealand citizens are entitled to a passport
You are a citizen if you were born in New Zealand, Niue, the Cook Islands or Tokelau before 1 January 2006. Children born on or after 1 January 2006 are only New Zealand citizens if one of their parents was a citizen or a permanent resident of New Zealand, Niue, the Cook Islands or Tokelau at the time of the child's birth.
If you were born elsewhere and have obtained New Zealand citizenship you will have received a citizenship certificate.
If you believe you are entitled to citizenship but have not obtained a citizenship certificate, contact the Citizenship office to determine your citizenship status. Your status must be confirmed before we will issue you a New Zealand passport.
The New Zealand Passport is valid for a maximum period of 5 years. The validity period starts from the date of issue and runs until the date of expiry.
If you're not a New Zealand citizen, you may be able to apply for Certificate of identity or Refugee travel document
If you live in New Zealand but you're not a New Zealand citizen, you can apply for a Certificate of Identity or Refugee Travel Document if you cannot get a passport from your country of citizenship.
A Certificate or Identity may be issued to a person who is not a New Zealand citizen if they genuinely cannot obtain a passport from their country of citizenship. This document allows the holder to leave New Zealand, and is valid for a maximum of 1 year. Earlier expiry dates may apply.
A Refugee Travel Document may be issued to a person who has refugee status confirmed by Immigration New Zealand. This document allows the holder to leave (and re-enter) New Zealand for up to 2 years. Earlier expiry dates may apply.
Apply for a Certificate of Identity or Refugee Travel Document – application checklist
Important: You cannot apply online for a Certificate of Identity or Refugee Travel Document.
Here’s a checklist to help you avoid mistakes and delays
Check the following information carefully to make sure you have provided all the information we require and that you have any supporting documents ready to send to us. If you are required to send documents you need to send originals. Do not send photocopies or certified copies. All of your original documents will be returned to you with your travel document.
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