If you don't have a New Zealand Driver's Licence or NZ passport, we have a slightly different process to verify your identity. If you're signing up with a NZ passport, you can ignore this, you don't need a certified copy!
Getting a certified copy of your foreign passport
A certified copy is a photocopy that has been stamped or endorsed by a person who confirms that the copy is a true copy of the original document. The person certifying your document needs to be one of the below:
- Justice of the Peace (terrible website, free service!)
- Member of the NZ police
- Registered NZ medical doctor
- Kaumātua (as verified through a reputable source)
- Registered NZ teacher
- A NZ based minister of religion
- A NZ based Lawyer (as defined in the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006)
- Notary public in NZ
- NZ Honorary Consul
- Member of NZ Parliament
- Chartered accountant (within the meaning of section 19 of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants Act 1996)
- A person who has the legal authority to take statutory declarations or the equivalent in New Zealand
- Commonwealth representative (as defined in the Oaths and Declarations Act 1957)
You will need to ask the certifier to ensure they add the 'True Likeness' statement: “I certify that this is a true likeness of [applicant's full name].” This is important for us to be able to confirm the passport is yours.
During lockdown a fully certified copy of a passport may be hard to come by, so let us know if are having issues getting this done, and we'll look at what we can do.