Who is a trusted referee?
Download the List of Trusted Referees who are approved certifiers for documents (PDF).
A trusted referee must:
- Be 16 years or older.
They may not be:
- related to the person identified in the document or the person presenting the document (for example a trusted referee cannot be their parent, child, brother, sister, aunt, uncle or cousin); or
- a spouse or partner of the person identified in the document or the person presenting the document; or
- a person who lives at the same address as the person identified in the document or the person presenting the document; and,
- a person involved in the transaction or business requiring the certification.
Certification must have been carried out in the three months preceding the presentation of the copied documents
- The trusted referee must sight the original identity verification, address verification, and/or source of wealth or funds documentation, and make a statement to the effect that the document provided is a true copy and represents the identity, address, and/or source of wealth or funds of the named individual
- In relation to photographic identity verification documentation, the trusted referee must also make a statement that, in their opinion, the identity verification document represents a reasonable likeness of the named individual.
The trusted referee must also include, in the certification, their own:
- full name;
- occupation and confirmation of their capacity to act as a trusted referee (from one of the categories listed in the “NZ trusted referees” table attached above;
- date of certification and signature;
- registration number (or equivalent) and registering body (e.g. New Zealand Law Society); and
- contact phone number.
If the trusted referee has a stamp or seal, they can apply that – for example, a notary public usually has a seal which they apply to documents signed.