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Apply for a child passport - personal details

Important: You cannot apply online for a new childs passport or to renew a childs passport.

Your child’s personal details, citizenship status and legal name

Read all the instructions in the guide section of the form, the following is only a summary. Fill in and check the form carefully to avoid delays when the child’s application is processed.

On this page:


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Application section 1 - Your child’s personal details

Your child’s name

This is the name that will appear in your child’s passport. You must use your child’s legally registered name. This means:

Avoid delays

Only your child's legal name can be used in their passport.

  • You cannot use nicknames or names they are ‘commonly known as’.
  • To legally change your child's name, contact Births, Deaths and Marriages
  • Processing a name change can take up to 15 working days. You need to add this extra time on to the time it will take before we can process their passport application.

Contact Births, Deaths and Marriages for more information and Change of Name application forms.

Your child's height and eye colour

Make sure you provide this information. We cannot process their application if you don’t fill in this section.

  • Your child's height must be in centimetres. If you don’t know their height in centimetres?
    Use our measurement chart to convert their height
  • Choose an eye colour that is closest to your child's. Try to use a common colour that is closest to their own, such as brown, blue, green, grey, hazel or black.

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Application section 4 - Your child’s entitlement to a New Zealand passport

Only New Zealand citizens are entitled to a New Zealand passport. This section asks you to confirm how your child became a citizen of New Zealand. Depending on their situation, you may need to provide original documents as proof when you submit the application. Any original documents you provide will be returned to you when your child’s passport is issued.

Citizenship checklist

Was your child born in New Zealand?
  • Provide the details.
  • Original documents are not required.
Was your child born in Niue, the Cook Islands or Tokelau?
  • If this is your child's first passport or if your child's previous passport is lost or stolen, send original documents.
Did your child receive citizenship by grant, or by descent?
  • Provide the details.
  • Original documents are not required.

Avoid delays

If you believe your child is entitled to citizenship by grant or descent, but you have not obtained a citizenship certificate, you must establish the child’s citizenship status before they can get a New Zealand passport.


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Application section 5 – Names at birth

Note: you do not need to complete this section for a renewal of your child's passport.

This information helps us confirm your child’s identity. You should obtain all of the information needed for this section from their birth certificate. We also need to know the names of the child’s parents that appear on their birth certificate and the name of the child’s mother at her birth.

If your child was legally adopted, write the names of their adoptive parents and the names of the child recorded after adoption.

Names checklist

Was your child born in New Zealand and do you have a copy of their New Zealand birth certificate so you can check the details we are asking for?
  • You don’t need to send us the certificates if your child was born in New Zealand.
  • New Zealand birth certificates can be ordered from Births, Deaths and Marriages.

Was your child born in Niue, the Cook Islands or Tokelau and do you have a copy of their birth certificate so you can check the details we are asking for?
  • You must send us your child's birth certificate if they were born in Niue, the Cook Islands or Tokelau and the child has not had a New Zealand passport before or their previous passport is lost or stolen.
  • If you don’t have their birth certificate, contact the relevant government agency in their country of birth to get it.
  • You must provide approved translations for overseas documents or certificates that are not written in English.

Avoid delays

Does the information on your child's application form match exactly what’s shown on your child's birth certificate, or their citizenship certificate (if they were born overseas)?

We match the information against New Zealand birth and citizenship records so make sure all your child's information is right.

  • Check your spelling.
  • Write names exactly as they appear on the original documents.

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Application section 6 – Name change by statutory declaration or deed poll

We need to know the details of all your child’s name changes. Fill in the form starting with their most recent name change.

Name change checklist

Was your child born in New Zealand and then had their name changed legally in New Zealand?
  • Original documents are not required if they were born in New Zealand.
Was your child born overseas and then had their name changed legally in New Zealand?
  • For name changes after 25 January 2009, original documents are not required.
  • For name changes on or before 25 January 2009, original documents are required.
Did any of your child's name changes take place overseas?
  • Send us original documents.
  • If you don’t have your child's name change documents, contact the relevant government agency in the country where the name change took place to get it.
  • You must provide approved translations for overseas documents that are not written in English.
More than 2 name changes?
  • Provide the full details using the same format on a separate sheet of paper and attach it to your child's application.