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From late November 2012 you can change your gender on your passport. You can apply to have M (male), F (female) or X (indeterminate gender) shown on your passport.


Passport Practicalities

To update your gender identity on your passport, you will need to complete a  New Adult Passport Application Form and provide a Statutory Declaration that shows the sex or gender identity you want displayed on the passport and how long you have maintained your gender identity[1]. Note that you will still need to apply for a new passport to change your gender details even if you currently hold a New Zealand passport which may be eligible for renewal.

If you have never had a passport before and you are applying from within New Zealand, the cost will be $140.00. If you have had a passport and are applying for another one without renewing it, the cost will be $134.00.

You can lodge the passport application with your nearest New Zealand Passport Office either in person or by post.


Statutory Declaration

The Passport application form provides a statutory declaration template  at part 8. Here, you can tick the box which indicates that you wish to provide additional information and then  write declare your your gender and how long you have maintained that gender identity, in the space provided.

You will need to fill in and sign  the statutory declaration portion of the passport application form in front of an authorised witness who can sign off on it.

Under the Oaths and Declarations Act 1957, people who are authorised to witness statutory declarations include[2]:

  • Justices of the Peace
  • Lawyers
  • Registrars or Deputy Registrars of The Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, High Court or District Court
  • Members of Parliament
  • Employees of the New Zealand Transport Agency who are authorised to witness statutory declarations by the Minister of Justice
  • Member of local government who is authorised to witness statutory declarations by the Minister of Justice.
The Immigration New Zealand website provides more information about who is authorised to take statutory declarations. You can also find a full list of New Zealand Justice of the Peace at the Yellow Pages website.

What if I am younger than 18?

If you are under 16 then all your legal guardians need to give consent for you to get a passport. Once you are 16 you no longer need the consent of your guardians to get a passport and should apply for renewal or first time passports using the adult forms. However the you will still need a statutory declaration from a parent and a counsellor or medical professional to support the gender change on your passport. If you are under 18 and affected by the requirement for a parent, counsellor or medical professional to support your passport consider getting further legal advice.

[1] https://www.passports.govt.nz/Transgender-applicants

[2] Oaths and Declarations Act 1957, S9(1).

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