What to provide when you apply for New Zealand Superannuation

When you apply for NZ Super, you need to prove who you are and that what you’ve told us is true. You can upload these documents when you make your online application.

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You must provide original documents or certified true copies. If you can’t get a document certified right now, we’ll talk to you about alternative options.

If you apply online, a list of the documents you need to provide can be found on the 'Next Steps' page after you submit your online application. You can provide these when you apply online through MyMSD.

Any delay in providing these documents could result in a delay in paying you, or your application being cancelled.

What you need to provide

  • Online application reference number

    If you apply online, we'll issue you an application number when you submit your online form. Make a note of this.

  • Proof of who you are

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    If you have a partner they'll also have to provide these documents as well.

    You need to provide 3 forms of identification, one of which must have been issued at least 2 years ago.

    • One from the 'Government issued ID' list.
    • 2 from the 'Other documents that prove your identity' list.

    Government issued ID

    You need to provide one of the following that shows your full legal name and date of birth:

    Born in New Zealand Born overseas
    • NZ Passport
    • Drivers Licence
    • Firearms Licence
    • NZ Birth Certificate
    • New Zealand Name Change Certificate
    • New Zealand passport
    • Other country passport showing your residence class visa or residence permit
    • Citizenship certificate

    If the name on your government issued ID has changed from your legal name, you'll also need to provide either:

    • marriage certificate
    • New Zealand Name Change Certificate
    • other proof of the name change.

    Other documents that prove your identity

    You'll also need to provide another 2 forms of ID. These can be documents such as:

    • marriage certificate
    • tax assessment
    • rates notice
    • bank statement
    • mortgage papers
    • insurance policy
    • doctor's bill
    • school leaving certificate
    • phone or power account bill
    • hire purchase agreement
    • driver licence.
  • Supporting documents

    To process your application, it’s important that you provide the following:

    • proof of your bank account details eg a bank statement with your name and account number
    • details of any overseas pension that you get or qualify for, including documents from the pension provider that detail:
      • the regular current rate in overseas currency
      • any rate changes that may impact

    If you can't provide the details of your overseas pension when you apply, you can give us an estimate and provide the documents later.

    You have a partner

    If you have a partner and they're not getting any payments from us, you'll also need to provide details of any overseas pensions they get.

    If you're including your partner in your NZ Super payments and they're not getting other payments from us, you also need to provide:

    • proof of your partner's bank account details, eg a bank statement with their account number
    • proof of your partner's income
    • proof of your income.

    You can upload these documents in MyMSD as part of your application. MyMSD will tell you how to do this and what types of documents you can upload.

  • Applying for other payments as well

    If you're also applying for any other payments, eg Accommodation Supplement or Disability Allowance, there will be other documents we'll ask you to provide. It depends what other payments you're applying for.

    To confirm your: You need to provide:
    Income and assets

    Proof of any income (before tax) for the last 52 weeks from:

    • wages
    • holiday pay
    • business accounts
    • trust documents
    • any other income
    • assets and their values.

    Outgoings
    (including housing costs)

    Details of:

    • your rent, mortgage or other accommodation costs (eg tenancy agreement)
    • hire purchase you're currently paying
    • other regular outgoings (eg, because of a disability or health condition).

    If you have disability-related expenses, your health practitioner will need to complete a Disability Certificate.

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