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Certificates of Standing

New Zealand practitioners planning to work overseas and/or seeking admission in another jurisdiction (including admission in Australia under the Trans Tasman Mutual Recognition Act) may be asked to provide a Certificate of Standing from New Zealand.

For a certificate issued by the Law Society please fill out and submit a request online.

Please note you will need to allow 2-3 weeks processing time.


GST is not payable for those applying from outside New Zealand.


Price if applying
from outside NZ

Price if applying
from inside NZ

A lawyer holding a current New Zealand practising certificate



A person not holding a current New Zealand practising certificate




We will post your certificate by ordinary post within New Zealand and by Airmail to overseas applicants. Transit times can vary but as a guideline please allow 3-5 for New Zealand and 3-10 days for overseas.

For a fee we can courier your certificate to you. Fees for our most common destinations are below. Note that we are able to deliver outside these areas.    

NZ Courier Express Rate Transit time
(working days)
Postage $NZD
(Inc Freight and administration)

New Zealand



Australia (NSW, QLD, VIC, ACT)

1 - 2


Australia (OTHER)

1 - 2



4 - 5


Hong Kong

4 - 5



4 - 5



3 - 4



2 - 3



3 - 4



Payment can be made by credit card, bank transfer or cheque. Instructions on how to pay by credit card will be emailed to you within three working days of receiving your application.

What to supply 

To speed the process, you will need details of:

  • your date of admission in New Zealand
  • your place of admission (which New Zealand High Court)
  • names of all former district law societies from which you have held a practising certificate
  • the years you held these practising certificates
  • any gaps in your employment history

Note: Once dispatched, if you require a further Certificate of Standing you will be required to make a new application and payment.

Last updated on the 18th February 2016