Who is a trusted referee?
A trusted referee must be over 16 years old and a person from the list of approved certifiers for documents.
Only a trusted referee can certify your identification documents.
The list of trusted referees is available for New Zealand and for Overseas
The trusted referee must not be:
- related to the client as a parent, child, brother, sister, aunt, uncle or cousin;
- a spouse or partner of the client;
- a person living at the same address as the client; or
- a person involved in the transaction or the business requiring the certification.
Certified copies of documents presented to us (photo identification, proof of address, source of wealth/funds) must have been carried out in the three months preceding the presentation of the documents.
The requirements for certifying documents as true and correct are as follows:
- The trusted referee must sight the original documents in your presence.
- A copy will be signed with a statement that the document provided is a true copy and represents the identity of the named individual.
- The copy must be of high quality and in colour in order for us to clearly see the photo ID.
- Certification of each document must clearly include the printed name, signature, date of certification and the trusted referee’s position or capacity to act as a trusted referee (e.g. Justice of the Peace, Chartered Accountant).
- Where relevant, it should also include the official stamp of office (e.g. Notary Public).
|NZ Trusted Referee
|Must be a full and current member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants and entitled to use the title Chartered Accountant as defined by section 19 of the New Zealand Chartered Accountants Act 1996
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|Must hold a current practicing certificate under the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006
and cannot be the lawyer acting for you
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|New Zealand Police Officer
|Must hold the office of constable as defined in section 4 of the Policing Act 2008
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|Justice of the Peace
|A person appointed as Justice of the Peace under the Justices of the Peace Act 1957
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|A lawyer authorized to officially witness signatures on legal documents, collect sworn statements, administer oaths and certify the authenticity of legal documents.
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|Member of Parliament
|Elected representatives to Parliament
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|Registered Medical Doctor
|A health practitioner registered with the Medical Council of New Zealand under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003
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|Registered with the New Zealand Teachers Council and hold a valid current practicing certificate
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|Commonwealth Representative, Consulate of New Zealand, Honorary Consulate of New Zealand
|Includes an official diplomatic representative of NZ, Ambassador, High Commissioner, Trade or Tourist Commissioner, Chargé d’Affaires or Head of Mission
|NZ embassy searchMinistry of Foreign Affairs & Trade
|Elder within the Maori community as verified through a reputable source
|1These are by exception; a trusted referee from the above list should always be used in preference as they can be more readily verified through official sources
|Minister of Religion1
|Persons qualified to give religious ceremony as verified through a reputable source
|A written document confirming something is true. Must be completed in front of an authorised witness
The verification and certification must be carried out by a person authorised by law in that country to take statutory declarations or the equivalent in the customer’s country.
It must be possible to verify the identity of a trusted referee through official sources.
Certification must also have been carried out in the three months preceding their presentation to us for identification purposes.
|Overseas Trusted Referee
- A notary public, or equivalent, authorised in the relevant jurisdiction to officially witness signatures on legal documents, collect sworn statements, administer oaths and certify the authenticity of legal documents.
|The following are examples of entities that may also qualify overseas; you should check the requirements for your country:
- A person holding a current practicing certificate and membership of a recognized overseas professional body for the legal profession.
- A person with a full and current practicing certificate or member of a recognized overseas accounting body.
|NZ citizens/residents overseas may use:
|Commonwealth RepresentativeConsulate of New Zealand
Honorary Consulate of New Zealand