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Services › Births Deaths and Marriages › Notification of Birth for Registration He whakaaturanga o te Rēhita Whānautanga o te tamaiti i whānau i Aotearoa

Every birth in New Zealand must be registered by law. Birth registration is the first official step that confirms whether your child is a New Zealand citizen.

Registration is free. There is a charge if you wish to purchase a birth certificate.

Take care filling out this form because if you make a mistake you will need to pay for a new birth certificate to be issued, if required. Name change fees also apply.

Answer all questions in the form truthfully. It is against the law to give false information.

All questions should be treated as being mandatory. Make the best use of the available field lengths when completing this form.

On this form, where provided more information can be found in each section by selecting the Arrow right icon. Likewise field specific help can be found by hovering your mouse over the Field help icon.

If any of these circumstances apply you must obtain and fully complete a hardcopy form and post it to our office with additional evidence, if required:

a) One parent is:

  • Dead
  • Missing
  • Of unsound mind, or
  • Unable to act by virtue of a medical condition, or

b) Requiring the other parent to jointly notify the birth would cause unwarranted distress to either of the parents, or

c) The other parent is overseas and it is not possible for them to jointly notify the birth within a reasonable period of time (within 2 months of the birth), or

d) The child is born as a result of a woman acting alone in an assisted human reproduction procedure and the donor of the ovum, embryo, or semen (as the case may be) for the pregnancy does not become the partner of the woman after the time of conception but before the birth is notified for registration. Note: The donor is generally not the father or other parent.

e) If one parent has not consented but their details will be provided. If able, you should provide evidence that the other person named is the biological mother/father. That evidence may be a Paternity Order, a Court Declaration, DNA Test Results or statutory declarations from family members.

Visit www.bdm.govt.nz to complete a PDF version of the Notification of Birth for Registration form (pdf) or contact us and we will post you a form to complete.

Privacy

Information regarding the registration of your child’s birth is collected under the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Act 1995 ('the Act'). Both parents are primarily responsible for notifying the birth as soon as practicable. It is an offence, punishable by a fine, to fail or refuse to provide information for the registration of a birth.

The citizenship or immigration details of the parent(s) of a child born on or after 1 January 2006 will be checked against databases held by the Department of Internal Affairs (Citizenship Office, Passports Office or Births, Deaths and Marriages), the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (Immigration) and / or with registration authorities in the Cook Islands, Niue or Tokelau (where relevant). The information will be used to confirm whether your child is a New Zealand citizen by birth.

If you decide to use this form to also apply for an IRD number for your child, Births, Deaths, and Marriages will give the information you have provided on this form to Inland Revenue for this purpose. After giving the information to Inland Revenue, Births, Deaths and Marriages will not retain details of your IRD number if you have provided it on this form.

If you have decided to notify the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) of your child’s birth, Births, Deaths and Marriages will provide MSD with information about the birth when the registration is complete. MSD will use this information to determine how your new baby changes the benefits and services you are entitled to.
After giving the information to MSD, Births Deaths and Marriages will not retain details of your MSD client number if you provided it on this form.

The birth information collected on this form will be held on a public register. The Act governs access to registered birth information. Information about a named individual may generally be accessed by any person upon application (e.g. as a certificate or printout). Information may be released for statistical, or genuine health or demographic research in the public interest, or to certain government agencies, as authorised by law. Information about why the information is collected, the government agencies that are authorised to receive the information, and about a person's right to access and, where appropriate, correct the information, is available on our web site www.bdm.govt.nz, or Freephone 0800 22 52 52.

Child

    Your child must be registered with a surname or family name, and one or more given names.

    The name (or combination of names) may not be accepted for registration if, in the opinion of the Registrar-General of Births, Deaths and Marriages (or the Family Court on appeal);

    • it might cause offence to a reasonable person; or
    • it is unreasonably long (that is, it should be less than 100 characters long, including spaces); or
    • without adequate justification, it is, includes, or resembles, an official title or rank; or
    • it is not a name (for example, it must not consist of or include symbols that cannot meaningfully be expressed in language e.g. / or @).

    The name must consist of one name that is designated to be treated as the child's surname or family name, and one or more other names, unless the religious or philosophical beliefs, or cultural traditions of the person’s parent(s) or living guardian(s) require the child to have only one name.

    The child’s name will be registered exactly as entered below, if the name is acceptable for registration. Fees will apply if at a later date you decide to change or alter the child’s name (and the child’s previous name will appear on the certificate).

    To enter macrons or international characters refer to the keyboard shortcuts for your software (some are not supported).

  • Sex of child:
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  • Is this child one of multiple birth of twins, triplets, etc?:
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  • Where was the child born?:
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  • Is this child a descendant of a New Zealand Māori?:Field help
  • Which ethnic group(s) does this child belong to?:
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Mother
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Citizenship or residency status of mother

    Complete the following section to show if you were a New Zealand citizen, New Zealand permanent resident or Australian citizen/permanent resident, when your child was born. Your details will be checked against databases held by the Department of Internal Affairs, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (Immigration), and/or with registration authorities in the Cook Islands, Niue or Tokelau (where relevant).

    From 2006, a child born in New Zealand is a New Zealand citizen at birth only if at least one parent is a New Zealand citizen, or is entitled under the Immigration Act 2009 to be in New Zealand indefinitely (a permanent resident), or is entitled to reside indefinitely in the Cook Islands, Niue or Tokelau.

    Please tick the relevant boxes and provide the necessary information about each parent’s citizenship or immigration status. If you were born overseas to New Zealand citizen parent(s), or you were born overseas and adopted by New Zealand citizen parent(s), Births, Deaths and Marriages needs to confirm whether you are a New Zealand citizen by descent.

    If your citizenship by descent has been recorded with the Citizenship Office, please state the date of your registration/ confirmation and Citizenship Certificate number. If you have not applied for registration or confirmation, please either:

    • contact the Citizenship Office: Freephone 0800 22 51 51 for registration or confirmation. A fee applies to the process; or
    • send documents that show that you were born to a New Zealand citizen parent. Contact the Citizenship Office: Freephone 0800 22 51 51 for information about the documents that are required.

    If you are unsure about your citizenship status, contact the Citizenship Office: Freephone 0800 22 51 51.

    If you are unsure about your immigration status, contact the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (Immigration):

    • within New Zealand but outside of Auckland: Freephone 0508 558 855
    • from Auckland: 09 914 4100
    • outside of New Zealand: +64 9 914 4100
  • Is the mother a New Zealand citizen?:
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  • Is the mother a New Zealand permanent resident?:
  • Is the mother a resident of the Cook Islands, Niue or Tokelau?:
  • Is the mother an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia?:
  • I understand that, as a result of not being a New Zealand citizen or entitled under the Immigration Act 2009 to be in New Zealand indefinitely or entitled to reside indefinitely in the Cook Islands, Niue or Tokelau, the child is not a New Zealand citizen by birth, unless the child’s father is a New Zealand citizen or is entitled under the Immigration Act 2009 to be in New Zealand indefinitely or is entitled to reside indefinitely in the Cook Islands, Niue or Tokelau.

Mother's contact details
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Father
  • Is the father known?:
  • Note that it is an offence to provide false information. A person who provides false information is liable on conviction to imprisonment for up to 5 years.

  • Is the child born as a result of an assisted human reproduction procedure (such as artificial insemination)?:
  • If a child was born as a result of an assisted human reproduction procedure (such as artificial insemination), the details in the following father's questions should be completed as follows:

    1. if the mother married, or entered into a civil union or de facto relationship with, a man who consented to the mother undergoing the procedure, that man's details should be entered. Note: The Donor is generally not the father or other parent.
    2. if the mother married or entered into a civil union or de facto relationship with a woman who consented to the mother undergoing the procedure, tick the following box, enter the details of the mother’s partner, and complete the details in the rest of the form wherever details of "Father" are indicated. Her details will be shown on the child's birth registration and birth certificates as "Other parent" (instead of "Father").
  • Tick this box if situation b. above applies: 
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  • Home Address: 
  • Is the father a descendant of a New Zealand Māori?:Field help
  • Which ethnic group(s) does the father belong to?:
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Citizenship or residency status of father

    Complete the following section to show if you were a New Zealand citizen, New Zealand permanent resident or Australian citizen/permanent resident, when your child was born. Your details will be checked against databases held by the Department of Internal Affairs, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (Immigration), and/or with registration authorities in the Cook Islands, Niue or Tokelau (where relevant).

    From 2006, a child born in New Zealand is a New Zealand citizen at birth only if at least one parent is a New Zealand citizen, or is entitled under the Immigration Act 2009 to be in New Zealand indefinitely (a permanent resident), or is entitled to reside indefinitely in the Cook Islands, Niue or Tokelau.

    Please tick the relevant boxes and provide the necessary information about each parent’s citizenship or immigration status. If you were born overseas to New Zealand citizen parent(s), or you were born overseas and adopted by New Zealand citizen parent(s), Births, Deaths and Marriages needs to confirm whether you are a New Zealand citizen by descent.

    If your citizenship by descent has been recorded with the Citizenship Office, please state the date of your registration/ confirmation and Citizenship Certificate number. If you have not applied for registration or confirmation, please either:

    • contact the Citizenship Office: Freephone 0800 22 51 51 for registration or confirmation. A fee applies to the process; or
    • send documents that show that you were born to a New Zealand citizen parent. Contact the Citizenship Office: Freephone 0800 22 51 51 for information about the documents that are required.

    If you are unsure about your citizenship status, contact the Citizenship Office: Freephone 0800 22 51 51.

    If you are unsure about your immigration status, contact the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (Immigration):

    • within New Zealand but outside of Auckland: Freephone 0508 558 855
    • from Auckland: 09 914 4100
    • outside of New Zealand: +64 9 914 4100
  • Is the father a New Zealand citizen?:
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  • Is the father a New Zealand permanent resident?:
  • Is the father a resident of the Cook Islands, Niue or Tokelau?:
  • Is the father an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia?:
  • I understand that, as a result of not being a New Zealand citizen or entitled under the Immigration Act 2009 to be in New Zealand indefinitely or entitled to reside indefinitely in the Cook Islands, Niue or Tokelau, the child is not a New Zealand citizen by birth, unless the child’s mother is a New Zealand citizen or is entitled under the Immigration Act 2009 to be in New Zealand indefinitely or is entitled to reside indefinitely in the Cook Islands, Niue or Tokelau.

Father's contact details
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Other Children
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  • Child 1
    • Sex:
    • Alive, Since Died, or Stillborn:
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  • Child 2
    • Sex:
    • Alive, Since Died, or Stillborn:
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  • Child 3
    • Sex:
    • Alive, Since Died, or Stillborn:
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  • Child 4
    • Sex:
    • Alive, Since Died, or Stillborn:
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  • Child 5
    • Sex:
    • Alive, Since Died, or Stillborn:
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  • Child 6
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  • Child 7
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  • Child 8
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Parents Relationship

    Not every relationship where two people live together (and are not married, nor in a civil union) is a de facto relationship under the law. Being in a de facto relationship depends on the couple’s circumstances, including the couple’s ages, the length of the relationship, the degree to which the couple are mutually committed to a shared life together, and the extent to which they make their relationship known publicly, for example, to friends and family. It is important that you know whether or not you are in a de facto relationship before you tick the de facto relationship box. If you are unsure whether you are in a de facto relationship, you should get advice from a lawyer.

  • What was the parents' relationship with each other at the time of the child's birth?:
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Application for your child's IRD number

    If you apply for your child's IRD number, Births, Deaths and Marriages will provide Birth Registration information to Inland Revenue so that it can create your child’s IRD number and help protect it from misuse.

    For more information:

    • on how this information is used and protected go to www.ird.govt.nz/privacy
    • about applying for an IRD number go to: www.ird.govt.nz (search keyword "IRD number")
    • phone Inland Revenue on 0800 775 247 - keyword "newborn IRD number"

    If one of the parents is a New Zealand or Australian citizen, or has New Zealand or Australian permanent residency, or is a resident of the Cook Islands, Tokelau, or Niue, the easiest way for you to get an IRD number for your child is by using this birth registration form. It is free to apply for an IRD number and it saves you having to get another set of forms to apply for it later.

    If none of the parents are New Zealand or Australian citizens, or have New Zealand or Australian permanent residency, or are a resident of the Cook Islands, Tokelau, or Niue, then you may not be able to apply for an IRD number using this birth registration form.

    You will need an IRD number for your child if you are applying for Working for Families Tax Credits or opening a KiwiSaver account or bank account in your child’s name.

    If you apply for an IRD Number for your child, you should receive it 15 working days after submitting a correct and complete Birth Registration form. The IRD number will arrive separately to your child’s Birth Certificate, if you have requested one.

  • I wish to apply for an IRD number for my child:
  • Please choose ONE address Inland Revenue should post your child's IRD number to:
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  • I also wish to receive my child's IRD number by email?:

  • By ticking this box you agree to receive your child's IRD number by email. Inland Revenue will take all reasonable steps to reduce any risk of unauthorised access or release of confidential information. If you don’t provide consent, your IRD number will be mailed to the postal address you provided.

    Inland Revenue will mail IRD number to the postal address you provided.

    If you have already applied for Working for Families tax credit for your child, make sure you include your IRD number below. Inland Revenue needs this to give you the payments. When your child is given an IRD number, Inland Revenue will add it to your Working for Families registration details for you.


  • Inland Revenue will add your child's IRD number to your application.

Notify the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) of the birth

    If you are an existing Ministry of Social Development (MSD) client you should notify MSD to determine how your new baby changes your benefits and services. You can choose to have Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM) notify MSD when the birth is registered.

    This means you do not need to provide a birth certificate to MSD and may not need to visit an MSD office.

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  • Please provide the MSD client number for one or both parents


  • Disclaimer – The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) will use the birth of child information that you agreed to provide to MSD to determine eligibility to payments and or services. MSD may need to contact you and / or ask for further verification to help them determine this. The Ministry of Social Development includes Work and Income, MSD Housing Assessment, Senior Services, StudyLink and other service lines. The legislation administered by the Ministry of Social Development allows MSD to check the information that you provide. This may happen when you apply for assistance and at any time after that.

Declaration

    "I, as the parent named on this notification, submit this true and correct notification of the birth of my child for registration and I understand that it is an offence to provide false information – that every person who commits such an offence is liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 5 years."

  • This notification cannot be accepted for registration.

    "We, as the parents named on this notification, jointly submit this true and correct notification of the birth of our child for registration we both understand that it is an offence to provide false information – that every person who commits such an offence is liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 5 years."

  • This notification cannot be accepted for registration.

Order a Birth Certificate

    You do not need to purchase a birth certificate if you only require a birth certificate to verify the birth with MSD.

  • Do you want to order a birth certificate?:
Select from the following certificates:
    • Standard & Forest
    • $55
    • Two certificate package.
    • Standard & Beach
    • $55
    • Two certificate package.
    • Forest
    • $35
    • Beach
    • $35
    • Standard
    • $33
  • Add courier shipping (NZ delivery only): 

Delivery details

    You may address the certificate to your baby if you wish.

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When you have finished completing this application form select Continue. On the next page you will have the opportunity to review the information you have provided prior to registering the birth.

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