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New Zealanders need a local background check.

Overseas governments sometimes need proof that New Zealand documents are genuine before they will accept them. Please confirm requirements with the Embassy or Consulate of the country you are submitting the documents to. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade will certify that official signatures, stamps or seals on a document are genuine by checking them against a specimen held on file, and stamping the document with an Authentication or Apostille.

By Courier 

Authentication Unit 
Level 13 
Prime Property Tower 
86-90 Lambton Quay 
Wellington 6011 
New Zealand 

By Standard post 

Authentication Unit 
c/o The Translation Service 
PO Box 805 
Wellington 6140 
New Zealand


Telephone: +64 (4) 470 2928 
Fax: +64 (4) 470 2921 
E-mail: authentication@egs.govt.nz 
Contact person: Carlee Reid 
Price: NZD $40 per Apostille certificate 
NZD $15 per copy Certificate (Apostille of identical document / same issuing authority)