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The Identity and General Policy team is responsible for providing administrative and strategic policy advice to the Minister of Internal Affairs and the Government for a number of different Acts.
The team also provides advice and support on other identity-related issues dealt with by the Department, such as biometrics. See also: General Policy and Regulatory Impact Statements
Link below to more information about the legislation administered by the Department:
- Electronic Identity Verification Act 2012
- Identity Information Confirmation Act 2012
- Passports (Fees) Amendment Regulations 2012
- Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Act 1995
- Citizenship Act 1977
- Citizenship (Western Samoa) Act 1982
- Passports Act 1992
- Further information
Electronic Identity Verification Act 2012The Electronic Identity Verification Act 2012 regulates the operation of the igovt identity verification service.
This service provide individuals using the Internet with the option of an easy, secure and privacy-protective way to verify their identities to a high level of confidence to access a range of services from various agencies. For more information, see: RealMe login service.
Cabinet has agreed to a range of regulations to support the service. These regulations prescribe agencies that can use the service, how long information may be retained for if an individual stops using the service and other administrative matters.
Note: The final shape of the regulations are still to be approved by the Governor-General in Executive Council.
- Cabinet Paper - Electronic Identity Verification (PDF, 1.1MB)*
- Cabinet Minute - Electronic Identity Verification (PDF, 405KB)*
Identity Information Confirmation Act 2012The Identity Information Confirmation Act 2012 provides a consent based service to allow both public and private sector agencies to check whether identity information presented by customers is the same as that recorded by the Department, through its citizenship, passports, and Births, Deaths and Marriages registry functions.
Passports (Fees) Amendment Regulations 2012 (2 November 2012)The Passports Act also provides for fees for passports and other identity documents to be specified through regulations.
Fees for a new online passport renewal service and reduced fees for adult passport applications (apart from applications to the London and Sydney offices) were introduced on 2 November 2012:
Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Act 1995The Births, Deaths, Marriages and Relationships Act 1995 provides for the registration of births, deaths, marriages, civil unions, name changes, sex changes and adoptions in New Zealand. The Act also governs the access to this information.
The day-to-day functions of this Act rest with a statutory officer, the Registrar-General of Births, Deaths and Marriages.
Please note that the Ministry of Justice administers a number of Acts which impact on the functions of the Registrar-General, including the Marriage Act 1955, the Civil Union Act 2004, the Human Assisted Reproduction Technology Act 2004, and the Status of Children Act 1969.
If you would like to contact the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registry Office see How to Contact Us
Citizenship Act 1977The Citizenship Act 1977 provides the right of persons born in New Zealand to become citizens if one of their parents is a citizen or entitled to reside indefinitely in New Zealand.
The Act also sets out in what circumstances a person born overseas to a New Zealand citizen can be considered a New Zealand citizen by descent.
The standard requirements for a grant of citizenship (sometimes referred to as naturalisation) are also contained in the Act, as well as provisions for a grant of citizenship in special cases.
The Act also provides for how a person can lose their citizenship either by voluntarily renouncing citizenship, or by the Minister of Internal Affairs depriving a person of citizenship.
If you would like more information about applying for citizenship see How to Contact Us
Citizenship (Western Samoa) Act 1982The Citizenship (Western Samoa) Act 1982 provides that the grant of citizenship shall, as of right, be given to any Samoan citizen who was in New Zealand on 14 September 1982, and to any Samoan who is entitled to reside indefinitely in New Zealand and who enters New Zealand on or after 15 September 1982.
If you would like more information about applying for citizenship under this Act see How to Contact Us
Passports Act 1992The right for New Zealanders to obtain a passport is set out in the Passports Act 1992. The Act also provides for the grounds on which a passport can be refused and cancelled.
The Act also provides for a number of other travel documents, such as certificates of identity (for non-citizens who cannot obtain a passport from their home country) and refugee travel documents.
The Act also contains offence provisions for forging a passport and other related matters.
If you would like to apply for a passport visit www.passports.govt.nz
Birth, Death, Marriage, and Civil Union Fees 2017New schedules of fees for birth, death, marriage, and civil union (BDMCU) products and services will come into effect on 22 May 2017.
The schedules of fees are set under the following regulations:
- Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration (Fees) Amendment Regulations 2017;
- Marriage (Fees) Amendment Regulations 2017; and the
- Civil Union (Prescribed Information, Fees and Forms) Amendment Regulations 2017.
A Regulatory Impact Statement was prepared by the Department and can be found here: Regulatory Impact Statements
Cabinet has approved for the above regulations to be submitted to the Executive Council. These regulations amend current fees for existing BDMCU products and services, and introduce new fees for marriage and/or civil union celebrants:
- Legislative Cabinet Paper: Changes to Regulations for Birth, Death, Marriage, and Civil Union Fees (PDF, 444KB)*
More information about the fee changes is available here: https://www.govt.nz/organisations/births-deaths-and-marriages/
Further informationThe following information relates to the Identity Policy work of the Department of Internal Affairs:
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