All documents not in English must be translated
You should get any documents not in English translated by a translation service that is approved by the Department of Internal Affairs.
We will also accept official translations of documents into English by the issuing Government agency or a New Zealand diplomatic post. In addition, we will accept translations made by a court in the country of origin if they have been authenticated by that country's diplomatic post in New Zealand.
Original documents must be sent in with the English translation.
If your documents are not in English and your translations are not acceptable to the New Zealand Passport Office, we will contact you and advise you which documents require translating and the amount payable.
Approved translation agencies
The Translation Service
Department of Internal Affairs, Level 13, Prime Property Tower, 86 Lambton Quay, P.O. Box 805, Wellington
Phone: 04 470-2920
Fax: 04 470-2921
New Zealand Translation Centre Ltd
68 Dixon Street, PO Box 27312, P.O. Box 6141, Wellington
Phone: 04 384-5047
Fax: 04 384-8554
MLT Translation Centre
Unit 9, Carlton Mews, 21 Bealey Avenue, P.O. Box 8014, Christchurch
Phone: 03 377-1227
Fax: 03 377-1217
Pacific International Translations Ltd
Level 13, 7 City Road, Auckland 1010, PO Box 8567, Symonds Street, P.O. Box 1150, Auckland
Phone: 09 913-5290
Fax: 09 913-5291
Interpreting and Translation Service
901 Great South Road, Manurewa, P O Box 98743, South Auckland Mail Centre, P.O. Box 2241, Auckland
Phone: 09 276-0014
Note: You will need to go to reception and ask for the Translation Service.
If you require the assistance of an interpreter while speaking with our office, one can be provided for you through the Language Line Service.
When you call the passport office on 0800 22 5050, please state the language you require.
Note: Only the languages of greatest need are currently offered by our Language Line services. Language Line currently supports around 40 different languages.