Certified True Copy of Documents

What are the requirements for authenticating copies of documents?
In order for a copy of a document to be accepted by the New Zealand Immigration Service, the attestation on the copy must:

  • Be made by a Lawyer, JP, Notary public, or Court Official
  • Contain the name of the individual making the attestation or Certification, and
  • Contain the full contact details of the individual certifying the document, and
  • Contain the full contact details of the individual making the attestation, and
  • Describe the nature of the attestation (e.g. “True Copy”), and
  • Be in English.


Can I Certify Documents at a New Zealand Embassy?
If you are in a location with a New Zealand embassy or diplomatic mission you may be able to have your documents certified there, instead of turning to a local lawyer or Notary Public.

In many cases it can be easier to have documents certified by a New Zealand diplomatic figure, as the certification will be in English and can be tailored to suit the exact requirements of the Immigration Service, and will be affixed with a seal which is readily accepted by the New Zealand Immigration Service.

If required, we can contact the New Zealand Diplomatic mission closest to you and organize for your documents to be certified to the required standards.