Who can certify copies of ID?

The following people can certify copies of identity documents. Please ensure your ID documents are certified by someone within New Zealand to be accepted.

  • A person enrolled as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court; or
  • A Justice of the Peace; or
  • A notary public; or
  • The Registrar or a Deputy Registrar of the Supreme Court; or
  • The Registrar or a Deputy Registrar of the Court of Appeal; or
  • A Registrar or Deputy Registrar of the High Court or a District Court; or
  • Some other person authorised by law to administer an oath; or
  • A member of Parliament; or
  • A person who—
    1. is a fellow of the body (incorporated under the Incorporated Societies Act 1908) that, immediately before the commencement of the Oaths and Declarations Amendment Act 2001, was called the New Zealand Institute of Legal Executives; and
    2. is acting in the employment of the holder of a practising certificate as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court; or
  • An employee of the New Zealand Transport Agency, authorised for that purpose (by name, or as the holder for the time being of a specified office or title) by the Minister of Justice by notice in the Gazette; or
  • An employee of Public Trust constituted under the Public Trust Act 2001, authorised for that purpose (by name, or as the holder for the time being of a specified office or title) by the Minister of Justice by notice in the Gazette; or
  • An officer in the service of the Crown, or of a local authority within the meaning of the Local Government Act 2002, authorised for that purpose (by name, or as the holder for the time being of a specified office or title) by the Minister of Justice by notice in the Gazette.

Please note: At least one of the ID documents being certified must include a photo. If no photo ID can be certified, the person certifying the documents must meet the following criteria:

  • Has known the children’s worker for at least 12 months
  • Is at least 16 years of age
  • Is not related to the children’s worker and not part of the children’s worker extended family
  • Is not a spouse or partner of the children’s worker
  • Does not live at the same address as the children’s worker