SAC3+017: TEO to verify student’s identity


The TEO must verify the identity of each student enrolled in a programme or programmes of study or training of more than 0.03 EFTS by doing one or more of the following:

a)   confirming that all data fields match the student’s NSN; or

b)   receiving an assertion through the Department of Internal Affairs’ RealMe® online identity verification service; or

c)   sighting the original or certified copy of a current passport; or

d)   sighting the original or certified copy of one or more of the following documents:

       i)    a birth certificate; or

       ii)   a certificate of identity; or

       iii)  a New Zealand certificate of citizenship; or

       iv)  an expired passport that has not been cancelled; or

e)   if a student is unable to obtain a birth certificate for the purposes of (d)(i) above, contacting the TEC to confirm that a whakapapa statement signed by both the student and a kaumātua is acceptable evidence of identity.

For the purposes of this condition a certified copy is a photocopy that has been endorsed as a true copy of the original. To be certified, the document must:

a)   be certified by an official of the issuing authority or a person authorised by law in New Zealand to certify documents, such as a Justice of the Peace, a lawyer or a court official (Court Registrar or Deputy Registrar); and

b)   have the official's signature on each page, with the name and title of the official shown clearly below his or her signature.

  • Last changed: 8 March 2016
  • Last verified: 8 March 2016