Purpose: To verify a person's eligibility to hold a New Zealand passport from citizenship register information.
Year commenced: 2003
Features: Data is transferred on request via an online connection.
Citizenship (DIA) disclosure to Passports (DIA): Possible matches from the Citizenship database are displayed to Passports staff as they process each application. The possible matches may involve one or more records. The details displayed include full name, date of birth, country of birth and the date that citizenship was granted.
|Possible matches to Citizenship records||573,136|
|Notice of adverse action||744|
|Passports issued (diplomatic, official and standard)||603,765|
An audit on the operation of this programme found there were effective controls in place and no significant issues were identified.
Commentary: Notices of adverse action are sent when Passports cannot satisfactorily match the information supplied to the appropriate Citizenship record. Almost all of these are resolved by contacting the applicant for clarification.
The difference between the number of applications and the number of passports issued primarily reflects the number of applications being processed when statistics were compiled.
|Information matching provision||Citizenship Act 1977, s.26A|
|Match type||Confirming eligibility|
Detecting illegal behaviour
|Unique identifiers||Citizenship person ID|
This programme is used to verify the eligibility of people for a New Zealand passport based on citizenship by grant or descent. It mirrors the BDM/DIA(P) Passport Eligibility Programme.
Passports staff attempt to confirm information provided on the passport application with that in the Data Aggregation Layer (DAL), as extracted from the citizenship register. Confirmation allows processing to continue. If the information cannot be confirmed, the file may be referred to Citizenship staff for resolution.
|Possible matches to Citizenship records||336,169||460,999||522,672|
|Notice of adverse action (arising from failure to match)||1,094||694||778|
|Passports issued (diplomatic, official and standard)||387,523||432,889||603,669|