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Ordering certificates online now easier than ever

28 January 2019

It is now easier to get your birth, death or marriage certificate online.

Previously, only historical birth and death records could be easily ordered online, meaning certificates for births that occurred over 100 years ago. Death certificates could only be obtained for deaths that occurred at least 50 years ago, or if the deceased's date of birth was at least 80 years ago.

Now, thanks to improvements to the online service, it is possible to easily get certificates of more recent births and deaths. Multiple copies of different types of certificates can be ordered at the same time. So far, over 43,000 certificates have been ordered online.

Jeff Montgomery, Registrar-General Births, Deaths and Marriages, says the ability to order a certificate easily online is important for those who need a paper document.

“Birth and death certificates are more useful than people might think,” explains Mr Montgomery.

“Students applying for a student loan may need to supply a copy of their birth certificate, and they can order one quickly and easily online. Families tidying up the affairs of a loved one, or individuals researching their family histories, can apply for copies of death certificates the same way.”

Increasingly, it is also possible to share information between organisations online, reflecting a commitment to letting kiwis interact with government how and when they want.

Parents registering their baby using SmartStart ( can go one step further and consent to the birth record being shared digitally between the Department of Internal Affairs, the Ministry for Social Development, and Inland Revenue. This means they don’t have to buy a birth certificate and can access services from these agencies much faster, including the $60 a week Best Start grant which is available for all new-borns.

“People are increasingly doing their day-to-day tasks online, like banking or online shopping. We want our services to be just as easy, accessible, and approachable. Going online can mean less time is spent on the phone, at a counter, or mailing paper forms,” says Mr Montgomery.

Along with ordering death and birth certificates, Kiwis can also renew their passport, obtain their marriage licence and certificate, and apply for citizenship online.

For more information about certificates and other Department of Internal Affairs online life event services, visit


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