New Zealand Embassy Seoul, South Korea

Help with New Zealand documents

Passports and Emergency Travel Documents

Only the Department of Internal Affairs passport offices in London, Sydney or New Zealand can issue a passport. A new online passport renewal service is now available. Please check the following link www.passports.govt.nz for eligibility, timeframes and frequently asked questions. In an emergency, most but not all New Zealand Embassies may be able to issue an Emergency Travel Document. Where postal sevices are irregular, the Embassy can assist with forwarding passport applications to Wellington. There is a separate fee for this service payable in local currency.  Please contact the Embassy for further information.

Birth, Death and Marriage Certificates

New Zealand Birth, Marriage or Death Certificates can be obtained directly from the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages. The Department of Internal Affairs website has details of how to obtain the certificates.

Births, Deaths and Marriages
PO Box 10-526
Wellington 6143
Level 3
109 Featherston Street
Wellington 6011
Freephone: 0800 22 52 52 (New Zealand only)
Phone: (+64 4) 463 9362
Fax: (+64 4) 382 3515 (for certificate and printout orders)
Fax: (+64 4) 382 3613 (for general enquiries)

Email:

Document Authentication and Apostille Certification

Before certain New Zealand documents can be used overseas, Document Authentication or apostille certification may be necessary. It is usually required where overseas officials are not able to determine on sight the authenticity of New Zealand documents. To check the requirements, contact the relevant authorities in the country concerned or their overseas representatives. The process varies depending on the document type and country requirements and can only be done in Wellington by the Authentications Unit of the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA). An e-apostile is also available.

New Zealand Driver Licences

Information about New Zealand licences is available at the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) website. 

Certificate of Particulars

If you need to provide written authentication of your New Zealand driving experience (for DriveTest) you can request a Certificate of Particulars. This certificate sets out all details relevant to your New Zealand licence. Information on how to apply can be found here.

Obtaining a copy of your criminal record

New Zealand Police are often asked for a “Police clearance certificate”, especially by people applying for a job overseas. New Zealand Police do not produce “Clearance Certificates” as such, but you can get a copy of your criminal record from the Ministry of Justice.

Legal and Notary Services

Staff at the Embassy are able to witness Affidavits, Affirmations, Statutory Declarations and other documents for use under New Zealand law. The witnessing must take place at the New Zealand Embassy.

Legal and notary fees
  • Certifying documents as true copies of the original(eg. birth or marriage certificates) The original document must be produced: KRW37,000
  • Issuing consular letters, issuing consular certificates, taking affidavits, affirmations or statutory declarations (document prepared by solicitor or applicant): KRW74,000
  • Witnessing signatures on documents (eg. wills, power of attorney, land transfer deeds): KRW74,000

Verification of New Zealand education providers

A list of all New Zealand education institutions and their contact details is available on the New Zealand Education Counts website. Should you require a hardcopy verification, please contact us at the below email with the following information

  • your name, telephone number
  • name of New Zealand institution
  • name of Korean institution and contact details including the official in charge of affairs, you are submitting to

The document verifies only the institution’s registration and will be sent directly to the Korean institution. Authentication of documents is done through Apostille Certification (see below).  Requests will take approximately three to four working days, and you will receive an email notification once the document has been sent to the Korean institution.

Document authentication and apostille certification

Before certain New Zealand documents can be used overseas, document authentication or apostille certification may be necessary. It is usually required where overseas officials are not able to determine on sight the authenticity of New Zealand documents. To check the requirements, contact the relevant authorities in the country concerned or their overseas representatives. The process varies depending on the document type and country requirements and can only be done in Wellington by the Authentications Unit of the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA). An e-apostile is also available.

New Zealand Driver Licences

Information about New Zealand licences is available at the NZ Transport Agency website. If you need to provide written authentication of your New Zealand driving experience (for DriveTest) you can request a Certificate of Particulars. This certificate sets out all details relevant to your New Zealand licence. Information on how to apply can be found here.

Criminal record

New Zealand Police are often asked for a “Police clearance certificate”, especially by people applying for a job overseas. New Zealand Police do not produce “Clearance Certificates” as such, but you can get a copy of your criminal record from the Ministry of Justice.

Passports

New Zealand Embassies, High Commissions, and Consulates no longer issue full validity manual passports. All passport applications for New Zealand passports have to be forwarded to the nearest Department of Internal Affairs issuing office by the applicant or by the New Zealand Embassy. The issuing offices are located in New Zealand, Sydney or London. Extra visa pages or name endorsements can no longer be inserted into passports or travel documents.  If your passport has insufficient space to insert visas or entry stamps for upcoming travel, you will need to apply for a new passport.  Further details and application forms are available here.

Passport application fees
  • Adult
    • Standard (up to 10 working days)       NZ$150.00 (KRW114,000)
    • Urgent (up to 3 working days)             NZ$293.00 (KRW239,000)
  • Adult renewal
    • Standard (up to 10 working days)         NZ$134.50 (KRW110,000)
    • Urgent (up to 3 working days)               NZ$287.80 (KRW235,000)
  • Child
    • Standard (up to 10 working days)          NZ$81.70 (KRW67,000)
    • Urgent (up to 3 working days)                NZ$235.00 (KRW192,000)
  • Online (adult renewal)                                          NZ$124.50
  • Return Courier Fee from Wellington to Korea   NZ$15 (KRW12,000)
  • Embassy Courier Charge                                     NZ$50 (KRW41,000) 

Emergency Travel Document

In limited emergency situations an Emergency Travel Document (ETD) can be issued to a New Zealand citizen whose previous New Zealand passport has expired, been lost or stolen and where they are unable to obtain a passport from Identity Services. This could be due to the urgency of travel, time constraints or systems unavailability. ETD's can only be issued for a period of up to twelve months.

To apply for an ETD, you will need to have:

  • A correctly completed ETD application form. The forms are available from the Embassy or the Department of Internal Affairs website.
  • Two passport sized photographs - write your full name and the date on the back of one photo 
  • Two forms of identification are required. One must contain a photo. The identification documents may include a New Zealand birth certificate, New Zealand citizenship certificate or New Zealand driver's license.
  • In the case of a lost/stolen passport, it must be reported to the police and a loss/theft report obtained from police.
ETD application fees
  • ETD (Emergency Travel Document)                   NZ$350 (KRW285,000)
  • Return Courier Fee from Wellington to Korea    NZ$15 (KRW12,000)
  • Embassy Courier Charge                                     NZ$50 (KRW41,000) 

Birth, Death and Marriage Certificates

New Zealand Birth, Marriage or Death Certificates can be obtained directly from the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages. Further information is available on the Department of Internal Affairs website or:
Births, Deaths and Marriages
PO Box 10-526, Wellington 6143, Level 3, 109 Featherston Street, Wellington 6011
Freephone: 0800 22 52 52 (New Zealand only)
Phone: (+64 4) 463 9362
Fax: (+64 4) 382 3515 (for certificate and printout orders)
Fax: (+64 4) 382 3613 (for general enquiries)
Email:

Birth, death and marriages application fees
  • Notice of Intended Marriage (Certificate of No Impediment) NZ$122.60 (KRW138,000) 
  • Birth, Death or Marriage Certificate NZ$26.50 (KRW30,000)

New Zealand citizenship

New Zealand citizenship carries the right to live permanently in New Zealand and hold a New Zealand passport. A New Zealand citizenship can be obtained in three ways.

  • Through birth in New Zealand, the Cook islands, Niue, Tokelau and the Ross Dependency (Antarctica).
  • By grant, with the approval of the Minister of Internal Affairs. (A New Zealand Residency holder who has lived in New Zealand for more than five years is eligible to apply for citizenship)
  • By descent, which covers children born outside New Zealand to a parent who is a New Zealand citizen by birth or through grant.

Application form to New Zealand citizenship is available from the Embassy. All applications are processed by the Citizenship Office in Wellington, New Zealand. Further information can be obtained from the:
Citizenship Office
Telephone: 64 4 474 8118 or 474 8122
Facsimile: 64 4 474 8006
E-mail:
Website: www.dia.govt.nz

Citizenship application fees
  • Adult: $470.20 (KRW 383,000)
  • Child (under 16): $235.10 (KRW 192,000)
  • Registration by Descent (Birth Registration): NZ$204.40 (KRW 167,000)
  • Application for Confirmation of NZ Citizenship: NZ$112.40 (KRW 92,000)
  • Embassy Courier Charge: NZ$50 (KRW 41,000)

 

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