New Zealand Embassy Paris, France

How to obtain New Zealand certificates

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How do I obtain a:

  1. New Zealand Birth Certificate
  2. New Zealand Marriage Certificate
  3. New Zealand Civil Union Certificate
  4. New Zealand Death Certificate
  5. Certificate of No Impediment (to a marriage)
  6. Certificate of No Impediment (to a civil union)
  7. Apostille certification
  8. NZ Divorce/Dissolution of a Civil Union Order
  9. Certificate of consent (Certificat de coûtume)
  10. Certified true copy of New Zealand documents
  11. Affidavit or witnessing of signature on a legal document
  12. Statement of criminal record (Casier judiciaire)


The following certificates are issued by the Births, Deaths & Marriages (BDM) central registry office of the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) in Wellington. Both certificates and printouts of certain documents are now issued, however printouts are not acceptable for official purposes and cannot be used in the same way as a certificate. A printout is a copy of the information from the original registration and is often used by genealogists.

Complete the appropriate application form below then send directly to BDM, with fee payment. Official translations can be requested at the time of issue. Alternatively, a list of recognised translators (traducteurs agréés) is available from any Mairie in France.

1. New Zealand Birth Certificate (BDM 93B)
Extrait d'acte de naissance

It is advisable to get an apostille afixed to this document, even if the French authorities haven't (yet) requested it.

  • Delay approx. 2 weeks

2. New Zealand Marriage Certificate (BDM 93M)
Extrait d'acte de mariage

  • Delay approx. 2 weeks

3. New Zealand Civil Union Certificate (BDM 93C)
Extrait d’acte de PACS néo-zélandais

  • Delay approx. 2 weeks

4. New Zealand Death Certificate (BDM 93D)
Extrait d'acte de décès

  • Delay approx. 2 weeks

5. Certificate of No Impediment to a Marriage of a NZ citizen in another country (BDM 189)
Certificat de célibat
States that you are currently free from marital ties in New Zealand and names your future spouse. Issued by the BDM central registry office in Wellington after a minimum legal two week stand-down period from receipt of application. It is advisable to get an apostille afixed to this document, even if the French authorities haven't (yet) requested it.

  • Delay 6 weeks maximum

You may, confusingly, also get asked for an "attestation de non-délivrance de certificat de célibat". Please note, the NZ Embassy cannot issue such a document for the obvious reason that a "certificat de célibat" can be obtained from New Zealand.

6. Certificate of No Impediment to a Civil Union of a NZ citizen in another country (BDM 189)
Certificat de célibat pour un PACS
States that, following a search of New Zealand registers, no lawful impediment to the civil union has been found. Issued by the BDM central registry in Wellington after a minimum legal two week stand-down period from receipt of application. It is advisable to get an apostille afixed to this document, even if the French authorities haven't (yet) requested it.

  • Delay 6 weeks maximum

You may, confusingly, also get asked for an "attestation de non-délivrance de certificat de célibat". Please note, the NZ Embassy cannot issue such a document for the obvious reason that a "certificat de célibat" can be obtained from New Zealand.

7. Apostille Certification
Légalisation/apostille
French administrations increasingly require foreign documents to be légaliséPrior to ordering your documents, ask the Mairie or other relevant French authority if légalisation (apostille certification) is required, as this can only be obtained from the Department of Internal Affairs in New Zealand. Complete and send the apostille certification form with your document application(s). If you already have your NZ document, an e-apostille can be obtained instead.

8. NZ Divorce or Dissolution of a Civil Union Order
For further information about how to obtain a copy of your divorce papers or dissolution order, you will need to contact the Family Court at which your divorce/dissolution was processed. If the marriage and divorce both occurred in New Zealand, the details will be added as an endorsement to the marriage entry, and will appear on any subsequent marriage certificate.

The following services can be obtained directly from the New Zealand Embassy in Paris.  Credit cards and cash are not accepted.  Payment should be made by a Euro currency cheque issued by a French bank, or electronic transfer to the Embassy bank account.
Name of account: New Zealand Embassy
BIC/SWIFT code: BARCFRPP
IBAN: FR76 3058 8610 2206 7814 3018 612
In the payment reference field, please enter: FEE/your family name/your phone number in international format
e.g.: FEE/JONES/+33612345678

9. Certificate of Consent to Marry
Certificat de coûtume
States simply that a New Zealand citizen who is older than 18 years is free to marry or enter into a civil union without the consent of any other person. The certificate is issued in French and is not nominative. Note that New Zealanders wishing to PACS should obtain a Certificate of No Impediment to a Civil Union (see n°6 above) as the Certificat de Coûtume issued by the Embassy does not provide applicant-specific information.

  • Delay: within one week
  • Cost: 40 €
  • Send a copy of the biodata page of your NZ passport, payment and a return address
  • Payment method: Euro currency cheque drawn on a French (not NZ) bank account, made out to the New Zealand Embassy Paris, or a copy of proof that you have paid by electronic transfer showing the date of the transfer

10. Certified True Copy of a New Zealand Document
Certifié conforme à l'original
We are only able to certify as a true copy an original document which we have sighted. If you wish to have an original document authenticated, this can only be done by the Authentications Unit of the Department of Internal Affairs in Wellington (see n°7 above). For a certified true copy:

  • Documents required: Original document(s)
  • Call 01 45 01 43 41 for an appointment as documents must be sighted
  • Cost: 20 €
  • Payment method: Euro currency cheque drawn on a French (not NZ) bank account, made out to the New Zealand Embassy Paris, or payment by electronic transfer at least three working days before appointment date. Bring proof with you that you have paid by electronic transfer showing the date of the transfer

11. Witnessing of Signature, Affidavits, Affirmations and Statutory Declarations
Légalisation de documents
Document to be signed and/or sworn in front of a Commonwealth representative (as defined by section 10 of the Oaths and Declaration Act, 1957).

  • Documents required: Original of document to be witnessed/sworn and photo ID (passport) of the applicant (signatory)
  • Call 01 45 01 43 41 for an appointment 
  • Cost: 40 €
  • Payment method: Euro currency cheque drawn on a French (not NZ) bank account, made out to the New Zealand Embassy Paris, or payment by electronic transfer at least three working days before appointment date. Bring proof with you that you have paid by electronic transfer showing the date of the transfer

Legalising of New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs-witnessed documents
Légalisation de signatures officielles du Ministère des Affaires Etrangères néo-zélandais
Confirms the authenticity of New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade signatures on certified New Zealand documents. 

  • Documents required: Document to be witnessed
  • Call 01 45 01 43 41 for an appointment
  • Cost: 60 €
  • Payment method: Euro currency cheque drawn on a French (not NZ) bank account, made out to the New Zealand Embassy Paris, or payment by electronic transfer at least three working days before appointment date. Bring proof with you that you have paid by electronic transfer showing the date of the transfer

The New Zealand Ministry of Justice can issue the following certificate:

12. Statement of Criminal Record
Attestation tenant lieu de casier judiciare
New Zealand does not issue the equivalent of the French "casier judiciaire n°3", however the New Zealand Ministry of Justice can issue a copy of your criminal record to you or to a third party. Requests must be made on the application form on the New Zealand Ministry of Justice website.

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