To get a passport, you should apply to the Passport Office of the Department of Internal Affairs. You must be a New Zealand citizen.
The Act governing passports is the PASSPORTS ACT 1992.
You can get an application form from the Passport Office by:
You should then send your completed application form and the other necessary documents and information (see below) to a Passport Office. For contact details, see the Internal Affairs website at www.dia.govt.nz (under Passports/How to contact us).
As well as your completed application form, you'll need to provide proof of your citizenship and identity. You can do this by providing your (current or expired) New Zealand passport, or, if you don't have a NZ passport, by providing:
You'll also need to send two identical photos of yourself.
If you're under 16 you'll also need to provide a letter from your parents saying that they consent to you applying for a passport. Alternatively, your parents can apply for you.
You'll also have to send a cheque for the application fee, made out to "Department of Internal Affairs". Alternatively, you can pay by credit card.
To check for the latest fees, visit the Internal Affairs website at www.dia.govt.nz (under Passports).
It will usually take 10 days before your passport is available. But you can ask that your application be dealt with urgently, in which case it will take only three days.
There's an additional charge for the urgent service. But you won't be charged this additional fee if the Passport Office are satisfied that the reason for your urgent application is that a member of your family has died or is seriously ill. You'll need to provide written evidence of the reason for your urgent application from a doctor, hospital or police officer.
If you're a New Zealand citizen you are entitled to a New Zealand passport. Internal Affairs can refuse to issue you with a passport only if:
Passports issued or applied for before 21 April 2005 are valid -
All passports issued from 21 April 2005 are valid for five years.
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