The Department of Internal Affairs

The Department of Internal Affairs

Te Tari Taiwhenua

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Citizenship and Immigration

Immigration New Zealand and the Citizenship Office accept our selective translations of personal documents such as birth, marriage, death, divorce, name change and police certificates as well as several other identification documents.

For a selective translation, we translate only the information we know is required.

You can request a selective translation by email. Please complete the following application form and send it to The Translation Service with a scan or photo of your document.

Download the 'Request for Translation' FormPDF, 1 page, 0.2mb*

You can open, print out or download this form as a PDF file or request a hard copy from The Translation Service.

How much will my translations cost?

Selective translations into English have a set fee of $75.00 per document.

If you're unsure whether or not your document falls into this category, please contact us for a quote.

How long will my translations take? 

Selective translations from German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Romanian, Russian, Japanese, Chinese and Korean:

  • 3 working days (not including postage times)

Selective translations into English from all other languages:

  • 5 working days (not including postage times)

Can my translations be done any quicker than this?

We offer an urgent service which will guarantee your translations are done in 1 to 2 working days (not including postage times).

The fee for urgent selective translations is $90.00 per document.

Should I send you my original documents?

We do not require your original documents to carry out the translation. We will attach a copy of the document you send us to the back of the translation.

What other important information do I need to provide you with?

When sending us your documents for translation, it is always helpful if you include a short note saying what you need, how you want to pay, how you would like your translation returned to you, and also some contact details in case we need to contact you.

If your document is written in a non-Latin script it is also very important to tell us how you would like the names on your documents spelled in English so that they match with your immigration or citizenship application.

What if my document is not a basic certificate and needs full translation?

Here is an example of a Selective Translation (PDF, 60KB)*

If you're not sure whether this is the right option, please scan and email the document to us and ask for a quote.

How do I pay?

How do I send you my documents?

Contact us for a quote

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