New Zealand Law Society - Certificate of Standing

Certificate 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.

You can submit a request for a certificate issued by the Law Society.

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

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.


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.


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.

Destination Price $NZD

New Zealand


Australia (NSW, QLD, VIC, ACT)


Australia (OTHER)




Hong Kong










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