Identity documents

Learn about passport and ID photos, and how to apply for an Kiwi Access identification card.

Identity documents

Learn about passport and ID photos, and how to apply for an Kiwi Access identification card.

Passport photos

Please note, we only offer NZ, British and German passport photos.

Get your passport photos taken at one of our participating NZ Post retail outlets.

Our services provide a set of up to six high resolution, full colour photographs printed on one sheet of high quality paper or emailed straight to your inbox costs $20 or both types for $25. The number of photos printed will depend on the country's photo size requirements.

Here are some great reasons to get your passport photo done at a PostShop:

  • Replacement photo for free if in the unlikely event a passport photo specifically taken for New Zealand, British or German passport applications is not accepted.
  • Get your photos straight away - either a physical set or an electronic copy emailed straight to your inbox. Please tell us which format/s you require when you visit our stores as we cannot retrieve photo data at a later time.
  • No need to book.
  • Convenient.
  • Sort all your travel requirements at the same time.
  • Get up to 6 passport photos depending on the country's requirements.
  • It only costs $20 for either the printed or emailed set or $25 for both.

Please note that passport photos for infants and young children (under two years) are not currently offered.

Find out more about New Zealand passport requirementsOpens in a new window.  on the passports website.

Find PostShop locations that offer this service.

The passport photo hardware used to take the photos in our PostShops is automated and intuitive for correct positioning. Photos cannot be taken until a number of automated criteria such as lighting, position and eyes being open meet pre-determined passport photo requirements.

As a result there’s less risk a PostShop photo will not be accepted by the relevant passport authority. New Zealand Post will provide a free replacement set of photos in the unlikely event a photo is rejected by a passport authority we’ve configured the system for. We offer this for New Zealand, British and German passports.

This offer applies to:

  • Printed New Zealand passport photos for New Zealand passport applications.
  • Emailed New Zealand passport photos for online New Zealand adult passport renewals (single photo only).
  • Printed British passport photos for British passport applications.
  • Emailed British passport photos for online British adult passport renewals.
  • Printed German passport photos for German passport applications.

In the unlikely event that the photo is not accepted, we will replace it for free at any PostShop offering the passport and ID photo service provided:

  • You can present your receipt (which proves the type of passport photo you had taken).
  • You can show us the letter of rejection you received from the New Zealand, German or British passport authority by either bringing it into store, or emailing it to [email protected].
  • You can show us your emailed photo set by either bringing it into store, or emailing it to [email protected] with the date the photo was taken and the name of the store.

Our free replacement photo offer does not apply if a photo has been turned down because it is older than six months or if you resize or alter the photo in anyway, or save it in a different file format to which it was supplied.

Photo requirements are not the same for each country’s passport application, so the free replacement photo does not apply if a photo is taken using one country’s requirements but is then used for another country’s application. For example, if a photo taken for a New Zealand passport is turned down for a British passport application, and vice versa.

Please note that your passport application can be rejected for reasons other than a non-compliant photo. We take no responsibility for these rejections.

Some customers won’t be tall enough to be at camera height. A number of our locations have stools to sit on and young children will need to be appropriately supported by a parent or guardian. For safety reasons we do not allow anyone to stand on a stool. If our team is not able to take a compliant photograph in a safe manner they may suggest you try another location.

Renewing your NZ passport online? Just click the option to get your RealMe verified identity at the same time – it’s free and lets you prove you are you online. It’s very handy to have setup! Find out more on the RealMe websiteOpens in a new window.

Other ID photos

Get your ID photos taken at one of our participating New Zealand Post retail outlets.

We provide a set of up to six high resolution, full colour photographs printed on one sheet of high quality paper or emailed straight to your inbox costs $20. The number of photos printed will depend on the photo size requirements of the ID you are getting them for.

Our photos are suitable for most ID documents such as Firearms licenses, ISIC cards and student ID cards.

IRD number

Apply for an IRD number at your local PostShop and we’ll organise and forward it on to Inland Revenue for you. There is no cost when you apply for an IRD number with NZ Post or Inland Revenue.

People living in New Zealand who are not new arrivals can get an IRD number by simply filling in an application form and bringing it along with the required documentation to your local PostShop. You will need to bring with you the original documents to be verified as well as legible copies.

You’ll receive your number by mail approximately two weeks after you've applied.

You need an IRD number if you:

  • earn any money, for example from a job, benefit, bank account, investment or rental property
  • open a bank account or invest money
  • join KiwiSaver
  • apply for Working for Families
  • apply for child support
  • apply for a student loan

Kiwi Access Card

Simply fill in an application form, bring along the required identification, then we’ll forward it to Hospitality NZ. You’ll receive your card in the mail in two to three weeks. Kiwi Access is the new name for the 18+ Card.

  • Anyone 18 years of age or older who wants a proof of age verification
  • Photo identification if you don’t have a driver licence or passport
  • An alternative form of photo ID
  • It only costs $55 and is valid for 10 years

To get a Kiwi Access Card your application form needs to be signed and verified by an authorised witness.

You need to have a current photo ID to complete your application, if you don’t have a current photo ID you will also need an identifier to verify a passport photo of you.

Check your application form to find out who is authorised to be a witness and identifier.

We also require proof of identity, so you’ll need to visit your local PostShop.

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With hundreds of New Zealand Post outlets nationwide you can pay your bills almost anywhere. Many offer weekend services.