How to get your documents certified
A trusted referee must sight the original documentary identification, and make a statement to the effect that
the documents are a true copy and represent the identity of the named individual.
• Certification must include the name, signature, and date of the certification
• The trusted referee must specify their capacity to act as trusted referee i.e. Justice of the Peace
• Certification must be carried out in the three months preceding the presentation of the copied documents
What is a Trusted Referee?
They must be at least 16 years of age and one of the following:
• Justice of the Peace
• Registered Medical doctor
• Lawyer (as defined in the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006)
• Charted accountant (within the meaning of section 19 of the New Zealand Institute of charted Accountants Act 1996)
In addition, the trusted referee must not be:
• related to you; for example, a trusted referee cannot be your parent, child, brother, sister, aunt or cousin
• your spouse or partner
• a person who lives at the same address as you
• a person involved in the transaction requiring the certification
What documents do I need?
There are a few options for you in terms of what documents you can use to verify your identity.
- Original New Zealand Passport (proof of identity)
- Original bank statement OR utility bill (proof of address)
- Original New Zealand Drivers Licence AND an original bank statement (both are required for proof of identity)
- If the address on the bank statement provided for proof of identity matches your current residential address, it may also be used for proof of address. If the address does not match, you also need to provide…
- A utility bill
Proof of address documents should be in your name, and no older than 12 months from the date of this application.