Change your name in your passport
If you have changed your name and want your new name in your passport, you need to apply for a new passport.
The name in your passport must match the name on your travel tickets.
The name in your passport
The name in your passport can be:
- your registered birth name
- your married or civil union name
- the name on your New Zealand citizenship certificate
- your name changed by deed poll or statutory declaration.
The name in your passport cannot be an unregistered name, such as a nickname.
Details and documents you need to include
You need to tell us:
- your previous name and your new name
- the date of your name change, and
- the reason for your name change.
If you changed your name in New Zealand
If you were born in New Zealand, you do not need to provide any supporting documents.
If you were born outside of New Zealand, you need to send us an original document for any name change by statutory declaration or deed poll registered in New Zealand before 25 January 2009.
If you changed your name outside New Zealand
You need to send us the original document that shows detail of the name change. This document must be translated into English if it is in another language.
Name changed by marriage or civil union
If you changed your name by marriage or civil union, you can still travel on a passport in your original or birth name. You must book your tickets using the name in your passport.
You need to apply for a new passport if you want to:
- change the name in your passport to your married or civil union surname
- go back to using your birth surname in your passport.
Name changed by statutory declaration
If you changed your name or your child's name by statutory declaration, you must use this name in the passport.
If you want to change the name in your passport, you need to apply for a new one.
If you have a RealMe verified identity
The name in your passport needs to match your RealMe verified identity. If you have changed your name, you may need to update this before you apply for your new passport.