The Department of Internal Affairs

The Department of Internal Affairs

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Document authentication and Apostille certification

An example of the official seal which is added to authenticated documents

Different processes apply for different countries

If you need a New Zealand issued document authenticated or Apostille certified for use overseas use this list to find the country you are using the document in.

Please ensure that you check with the overseas authority as to their document authentication requirements first.

An Apostille certificate can be verified online through our e-Register

Fresh new authentication website - coming soon

A small amount of document authentication information is already available on On 26 April 2017, it will be extended to include full and complete information. Customers trying to access document authentication information after 17 May 2017 on the DIA website will automatically be redirected to

Select the letter corresponding to the name of the country in which your document is being used.

There is no country on the list starting the letter 'X'.