passports.govt.nz

New Zealand passports | Uruwhenua Aotearoa

The Department of Internal Affairs | Te Tari Taiwhenua

 

Apply for or renew a New Zealand passport

    • How to renew an adult passport

      Already have a New Zealand passport?
      Even if your existing passport is expired, most people can use the online renewal form when it's time to replace it.


    • Apply for your first adult passport

      Never had a passport issued in New Zealand?
      You can now apply for their first passport online. Use our eligibility checker to find out if you can apply online, or complete an application form and send it to us.

    • How to renew a child passport

      Child already has a New Zealand passport?
      You can renew most children's passport online. Use our eligibility checker to find out if you can apply online, or complete an application form and send it to us.

    • Apply for your first child passport

      Child has never had a New Zealand Passport
      Children (under 16 years) and babies need to travel on their own passport. Consent from a parent or legal guardian is required before a child’s passport can be issued.

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.

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 2 years. 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 5 years. Earlier expiry dates may apply.

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.