The certification on each document must be original. For copies of your documents to be considered certified, they must be signed by one of the following:
1. A trusted referee must be at least 16 years of age and one of the following:
- Commonwealth representative (as defined in the Oaths and Declarations Act 1957)
- An employee of the Police who holds the office of constable (as defined in section 4 of the Policing Act 2008)
- Justice of the peace
- Registered medical doctor
- Registered teacher
- Minister of religion
- Lawyer (as defined in the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006)
- Notary public
- New Zealand Honorary consul
- Member of Parliament
- Chartered accountant (within the meaning of section 19 of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants Act 1996).
2. In addition, the trusted referee must not be:
- related to the customer; for example, a trusted referee cannot be their parent, child, brother, sister, aunt, uncle or cousin
- the spouse or partner of the customer
- a person who lives at the same address as the customer.
3. The trusted referee must sight the original documentary identification, and make a statement to the effect that the documents provided are a true copy and represent the identity of the named individual (link to the presenter).
4. Certification must include the name, occupation and signature of the trusted referee and the date of certification.
5. Certification must have been carried out in the three months preceding the presentation of the copied documents.