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Cook Islands - Birth Certificate

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  1. You can request for a copy of your birth certificate in person or you may also send your request via email (see contact information below). Note: Currently there is no facility for you to apply on-line.
  2. When you submit your request make sure that you have provided the following details:
    1. your date of birth
    2. your place of birth
    3. the name of your parents
    4. your detailed current postal address if applied from overseas
    5. payment for the certificate. If applied from overseas payment at the Cook Islands High Commission/Consulate or via Western Union (for details please contact this office) NB. Payment must be in NZ currency

When Living Outside the Country[edit]

It may be possible for you to obtain a copy of your birth certificate from a Cook Islands overseas office or diplomatic representatives of the Cook Islands in foreign countries, you may use the link below under 'Office Locations & Contacts' section to see a list of addresses and contact details.

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Required Documents[edit]

List down the documents required for successfully completing the procedure.

1. Proof of child birth from the Hospital.

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Ministry of Justice

Physical address:
Avarua, Rarotonga
Cook Islands
Monday - Friday
(except public holidays)
8:00am - 4:00pm

Postal address:
PO Box 111
Avarua, Rarotonga
Cook Islands
email: [email protected]
Ph: 682-29410
Fax: 682-29610

Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Immigration
PO Box 105
Cook Islands

Telephone: +682 29 347
Fax: +682 21 247

Cook Islands Overseas Offices

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Who can apply for a birth certificate:

  • You can apply for your own birth certificate.
  • Close members of your family can apply for your birth certificate.


  • For every certified copy of an entry in a register book kept in a Registrar's office, and for every certified copy of an entry in the office of the Registrar-General (when correct year is given): $25.00
  • For every certificate of date of birth when correct year given, including any certificate issued pursuant to section 44 of the Act: $15.00


Explain the time until which the certificate/document is valid.
e.g. Birth Certificate Valid Forever

Documents to Use[edit]

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Sample Documents[edit]

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Processing Time[edit]

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Related Videos[edit]

Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications. 
Attach videos using the following tag <&video type="website">video ID|width|height<&/video&> from external websites.
Please remove the "&" inside the tags during implementation.
Website = allocine, blip, dailymotion, facebook, gametrailers, googlevideo, html5, metacafe, myspace, revver, 
sevenload, viddler, vimeo, youku, youtube
width = 560, height = 340, Video ID = Can be obtained from the URL of webpage where the video is displayed.
e.g In the following url "" Video ID is "Y0US7oR_t3M". 

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The Registry Office only records births that occur within the Cook Islands. It does not record births of "Cook Islanders" that occur outside of the Cook Islands.

Required Information[edit]

You will need to provide the following information:

  • your date of birth
  • your place of birth
  • the name of your parents
  • your detailed current postal address if applied from overseas

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Need for the Document[edit]

A Birth Certificate states the name and sex of a person, it also indicate the time and place of birth, it is issued after you have registered the birth of a child. A copy of the birth certificate is often needed when you apply for procedures, such as getting a passport, a driver license or a marriage license.

Following are procedures on how you can obtain a birth certificate in Cook Islands.

Information which might help[edit]

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Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

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e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

External Links[edit]

Ministry of Justice

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