Apply for or renew a New Zealand passport
How long does it take to get a passport?
When you renew your passport online, apply for your first adult passport or apply for a child passport we will issue your passport usually within 10 working days, not including delivery time.
You can choose to submit an urgent application and pay an additional fee if you need your passport sooner. Contact us if your travel is extremely urgent and we may be able to help you even faster.
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.
Information for changing sex / gender identity
A passport may now be issued in an applicant’s preferred sex / gender of M (male), F (female) or X (indeterminate/unspecified), without the need to amended these details on your birth or citizenship record.
Five year passports - some important information
New Zealand passports are valid for five years. (11/1/2013)