The Department of Internal Affairs

The Department of Internal Affairs

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Births, deaths and marriages - Whānautanga, matenga, mārenatanga


Trace your family history

Historical records for New Zealand births, deaths and marriages are available to search online. Searches are free, and certificates can be ordered by using your credit card.

Trace your family history on BDM Online


Register a birth online

You can now register the birth of your child using our online form, order a birth certificate and apply for an IRD number for your baby at the same time.

Register your baby

Births, Deaths and Marriages Office Waitangi Day

Births, Deaths and Marriages will be closed on Monday 8th February for Waitangi Day. Our Office will reopen on Tuesday 9th February.

Most popular male and female first names

The top 100 male and female first names for each year since 1999, based on births registered in New Zealand during each year: View updated 2015 information