Certifying your documents

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
​- Kaumātua
​- 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.


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