Parental consent for children
Children aged 15 and under need parental consent to apply for a passport.
Consent can be given by:
- a parent named on the child's birth record
- a person appointed as the child’s legal guardian through a court process, or in a parent’s will.
What the consenting parent needs to do
The parent or legal guardian needs to:
- complete the consent section of the application
- give their name, address and contact details.
If you are a legal guardian not named on the child's birth record and this is the first time you are giving consent for this child, you must also provide documentation – either a court order or a testamentary in a parent's will – to prove that you are their legal guardian.
A parenting order, also known as a custody order, cannot be used as evidence of legal guardianship.
How to stop a child from leaving New Zealand
The consent of only 1 parent or guardian is needed for a New Zealand passport to be issued to a child.
If you are in a situation involving the removal of your child from New Zealand without your consent, or keeping your child outside New Zealand, we recommend you seek assistance from a lawyer.
Find out more about what to do: