Register your baby now 

The easiest way to register your baby is on SmartStart.

You can also apply for a number of different support services at the same time, including:  

  • Best Start payments 
  • an IRD number for your baby  
  • updating your Working for Families Tax Credits for your baby  
  • adding your baby to your Ministry of Social Development benefit  
  • ordering your baby’s birth certificate (this comes at a cost – but is optional). 
To register your baby, head to SmartStart.


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SmartStart provides step-by-step information and support to help you access the right services for you and your baby.

Do I have to register my baby?  

Yes, it’s a legal requirement.  

It’s also the first official step in confirming your baby as a New Zealand citizen.   

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For more information about different circumstances (e.g. you don’t want to name the baby’s other parent, you’re adopting the baby out), head to . 

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