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Issuing, Renewing and Extending Passports

The Passports Office of the New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs is responsible for issuing, renewing and extending New Zealand passports.

Passports Issued in New Zealand The standard passport service from the New Zealand Passport Office in Wellington takes around 10 working days from receipt of a correctly completed application, plus courier time both ways. An application form is available online from the Passports Office or you can contact the Embassy or Consulate General to obtain a hard copy application form. If you are replacing a lost or stolen passport you will need to complete the declaration of loss of a New Zealand passport section, and submit the orginal of the police report.

Along with your application form you need to submit to the passport office payment of NZ$150 per adult passport and NZ$80 per child passport. They accept NZ$ payment only. (We do not recommend you send cash in the mail - payment by NZ$ cheque or credit card is accepted.)

All New Zealand passports issued now are machine-readable (MRP). (From 26 October 2004 manual passports are no longer issued - in emergency travel situations an Emergency Travel Document (ETD) may be issued to facilitate onwards travel.)

MRPs are available from the passport office in Wellington, the New Zealand High Commission in London and the New Zealand Consultate General in Sydney. You are responsible for sending the application form, correct documentation and payment.

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