Passports Act 1992

Reprint as at 30 November 2015

Coat of Arms of New Zealand

Passports Act 1992

Public Act
1992 No 92
Date of assent
13 October 1992
13 October 1992

Changes authorised by subpart 2 of Part 2 of the Legislation Act 2012 have been made in this official reprint.

Note 4 at the end of this reprint provides a list of the amendments incorporated.

This Act is administered by the Department of Internal Affairs.


1Short Title
2ATransitional, savings, and related provisions
3Citizen’s right to passport
4Issue of passport
4ARefusal to issue passport on grounds of national security
5Life of passport
6Renewal of passport [Repealed]
7Endorsement of passport [Repealed]
8Cancellation of passport where holder ceases to be entitled to passport
8ACancellation of passport on grounds of national security
9Cancellation of passport on other grounds
9ACancellation of passport pursuant to court order
10Retention of passport by Minister on other grounds
11Delivery of recalled passport
11AWarnings on New Zealand travel document database
12Surrender of passport where proceedings for deprivation of citizenship commenced
13Issue of temporary passport where passport surrendered
14Extension of time to hold surrendered passport
15Return of surrendered passport if person not deprived of citizenship
16Issue of certificate of identity
17Life of certificate of identity
18Renewal of certificate of identity [Repealed]
19Endorsement of certificate of identity [Repealed]
20Cancellation of certificate of identity
20ACancellation of certificate of identity on grounds of national security
21Retention of certificate of identity by Minister on other grounds
22Delivery of recalled certificate of identity
23Issue of emergency travel document
24Life of emergency travel document
25Cancellation of emergency travel document
25ACancellation of emergency travel document on grounds of national security
26Retention of emergency travel document by Minister on other grounds
27Delivery of recalled emergency travel document
27AIssue of refugee travel document
27BRefusal to issue refugee travel document on grounds of national security
27CLife of refugee travel document
27DCancellation of refugee travel document
27ECancellation of refugee travel document on grounds of national security
27FRetention of refugee travel document by Minister on other grounds
27GDelivery of recalled refugee travel document
27HDeath of holder of New Zealand travel document
27IElectronic cancellation of New Zealand travel documents
28Appeal to High Court
29Appeal to Court of Appeal in certain cases
29AAProceedings where national security involved
29ABProceedings involving classified security information
29ACAncillary general practices and procedures to protect classified security information
29AForged and false New Zealand travel documents
30Offences relating to New Zealand travel document information and material
30AImproper issue of New Zealand travel document
31Other offences
31AJurisdiction in respect of actions taken outside New Zealand [Repealed]
32False representations
32AAJurisdiction in respect of actions taken outside New Zealand
32ACourt may forbid issue of passport
33Passports, etc, are property of New Zealand Government
34Minister may delegate powers
35Disclosure of information to chief executive of New Zealand Customs Service [Repealed]
36Disclosure of travel document and related information
37Information that may be disclosed
37AAccess to information for purposes of Identity Information Confirmation Act 2012
39Offences triable summarily [Repealed]
41Repeals [Repealed]
42Provisions relating to endorsement of name of child on passport of parent or guardian [Repealed]
43Existing passports, etc, to continue in force [Repealed]
44Validation of certain prescribed fees [Repealed]
45Application of temporary provisions in Schedule 2
46Transitional provision
Reprint notes

An Act to give proper recognition to New Zealand passports and to the right of New Zealand citizens to such passports, and to consolidate and amend the law relating to passports, certificates of identity, emergency travel documents, and refugee travel documents

Title: amended, on 21 April 2005, by section 3 of the Passports Amendment Act 2005 (2005 No 44).