Summary of Terms

Certified copies

Can I send copies?

If you are unable to send your original documents, you may be able to send certified copies of your documents.


A certified copy is a photocopy that has been stamped or endorsed by a person who confirms that the copy is a true copy of the original document.


The person who certifies the copy must be authorised to do so by law in your home country or in New Zealand – for example a lawyer, Notary Public, Justice of the Peace, or court official.


If we have asked you to send original documents, please also include a photocopy of the document. This will help speed up the decision on your application.