Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Amendment Act 2015

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Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Amendment Act 2015

Public Act2015 No 9
Date of assent25 March 2015
Commencementsee section 2

The Parliament of New Zealand enacts as follows:

1 Title
  • This Act is the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Amendment Act 2015.

2 Commencement
  • This Act comes into force on the day after the date on which it receives the Royal assent.

3 Principal Act
4 Section 21A amended (Application for registration of name change)
  • (1) Replace section 21A(2) with:

    • (2) A person applying for registration of a name change must—

      • (a) complete the standard form and provide it to the Registrar-General; and

      • (b) pay the prescribed fee (if any); and

      • (c) deposit 1 of the following with the Registrar-General:

        • (i) a statutory declaration made, in accordance with subsection (3), by an eligible person or the guardian of an eligible person (accompanied by the eligible person’s written consent if the eligible person is 16 years of age or older and the application was made by the eligible person’s guardian); or

        • (ii) a deed poll executed before 1 September 1995, evidencing any change in the eligible person’s names; or

        • (iii) a copy of a deed poll executed and filed in an office of the High Court before 1 September 1995 and certified by a Registrar of the court in which it was filed.

    (2) In section 21A(3), replace subsection (2)(a) with subsection (2)(c)(i).

    (3) After section 21A(3), insert:

    • (3A) The Registrar-General may require a person before whom the statutory declaration referred to in subsection (2)(c)(i) is made—

      • (a) to verify the identity of the eligible person or the guardian of the eligible person, or both, in a manner specified by the Registrar-General; and

      • (b) to state whether he or she is satisfied of the identity of the eligible person or the guardian of the eligible person, or both.

    (4) In section 21A(4), replace deposited with with provided to.

    (5) After section 21A(4), insert:

    • (4A) The Registrar-General may require a person applying for registration of a name change to provide, with the standard form referred to in subsection (2)(a) or separately, any means of identification that is reasonably necessary to confirm the identity of the eligible person or the guardian of the eligible person, or both.

    (6) In section 21A(5), replace deposited under subsection (4) with provided under subsection (4) or (4A).


Legislative history

19 March 2015Divided from Statutes Amendment Bill (No 4) (Bill 188–2)
24 March 2015Third reading
25 March 2015Royal assent

This Act is administered by the Department of Internal Affairs.