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Birth, Death and Marriage Certificates 

New Zealand Birth, Marriage or Death Certificates(external link) can be obtained directly from the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages. The Department of Internal Affairs websitehas details of how to obtain the certificates.

Postal address:
Births, Deaths and Marriages
PO Box 10-526
Wellington 6140

0800 22 52 52 (New Zealand only)

Phone from other countries:
(+64 9) 339 0852


Document Authentication and Apostille Certification

Before certain New Zealand documents can be used overseas, Document Authentication or apostille certification may be necessary. It is usually required where overseas officials are not able to determine on sight the authenticity of New Zealand documents. To check the requirements, contact the relevant authorities in the country concerned or their overseas representatives. The process varies depending on the document type and country requirements and can only be done in Wellington by the Authentications Unit of the Department of Internal Affairs(external link) (DIA). An e-apostile is also available.

New Zealand Driver Licences

Information about New Zealand licences(external link) is available at the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) website.

Certificate of Particulars

If you need to provide written authentication of your New Zealand driving experience (for Driver's Test) you can request a Certificate of Particulars(external link). This certificate sets out all details relevant to your New Zealand licence.

Obtaining a copy of your criminal record

New Zealand Police are often asked for a “Police clearance certificate”, especially by people applying for a job overseas. New Zealand Police do not produce “Clearance Certificates” as such, but you can get a copy of your criminal record(external link) from the Ministry of Justice.


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