The Department of Internal Affairs

The Department of Internal Affairs

Te Tari Taiwhenua

Building a safe, prosperous and respected nation


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