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Apostille information in New Zealand

Designated competent authority(ies) to issue an apostille in Australia:

Department of Internal Affairs, Authentication Unit

When you need to use a New Zealand document in another country, you might be asked to get the document apostilled or authenticated. Some countries call this legalisation. An apostille or authentication is an official government certificate that proves the signature, stamp or seal on a document is genuine.

Check the country you are using the document in

Whether you need an apostille or an authentication depends on the country your documents will be used in. 

Check with the overseas organisation

You should also check if the overseas organisation asking for the document has specific requirements. For example, they might:

  • only accept documents that were issued recently
  • want the documents translated
  • accept multiple documents as a set
  • only accept original documents, and not notarised copies
  • accept electronic apostilles or paper apostilles.

How to apply for an apostille ? You will have to complete the application form on this page you will find more information about.


R.G. Casey Building
John McEwen Crescent
Barton, ACT 0221


+61 (2) 6261 1111

Do you need help processing an apostille for a document issued in New Zealand?

Here you will find a list of recommended apostille service providers in New Zealand.

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