Overseas Certification

If you are updating your expired photo ID while residing overseas with a NZ Drivers Licence, NZ Passport or a foreign Passport as photo identification, you will also be required to provide confirmation of your residential address. Proof of address cannot be provided from Unity bank statements.

In addition, you will be required to provide a colour copy of your original documents, certified by a person who is authorised by law in that country to certify documents. 

The following persons outside of New Zealand must be authorised by law in that country to certify copies of the originals as true and correct copies. The following options may be available (depending on country).

It must be possible to verify the identity of a trusted referee through official sources.


  • A person holding a current practicing certificate and membership of a recognised overseas professional body for the legal profession.


  • A person with a full and current practicing certificate or member of a recognised overseas accounting body.


  • Authorised in the relevant jurisdiction.                      

New Zealand citizens who are resident overseas may also use:

  • Commonwealth Representative Consulate of New Zealand or
  • Honorary Consulate of New Zealand

The following acceptable overseas address documents that detail name and address can be presented are:

  • Bank Statement (dated within the last 3 months)
  • A document issued by a government agency (dated within the last 3 months)