• New Zealanders now have an easier and faster way to get a RealMe verified identity and access a range of online services.

    When renewing your adult passport online, you can choose to apply for your RealMe verified identity at the same time. Once your passport is issued, your RealMe application will be processed within five working days.

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  • If you’ve forgotten your username or password (or both), use the “I forgot my username” or “I forgot my password” links on the RealMe login page.

    You’ll need to enter the same email address or mobile phone number you used when you set up your RealMe account.

    You’ll need either your secret PIN or the answers to your security questions to reset your password – your security questions aren’t case sensitive.

  • Learn more about RealMe services in this video.

  • Whenever you log into a service that requires a bit more security, we’ll ask you for “second-factor authentication”. This is usually a code we send to your mobile after you’ve entered your password – either by text or through Google Authenticator. You have to enter the code to finish logging in.

    Because second-factor authentication requires both "something you know" (like your username and password) and "something you have" (like your phone or a token), it makes your account more secure.

    If you need to use a code, you’ll be told how you’ll get it when you log in. This could be:

    • by text to your registered mobile phone
    • using a RealMe token (you’ll be sent this by the organisation that you’re logging into)
    • using Google Authenticator.
  • To change any of your login details, log in to RealMe and go to Manage my RealMe, then follow the steps. Make sure you let us know if you’re changing your password because you think someone else knows it (e.g. you've seen suspicious activity in your transaction history).

    If you’re changing your registered mobile number, you’ll need access to your old mobile number, or other registered second factor device to do this online. Otherwise you’ll need to call us.

  • If you change your name after you've verified your identity, you’ll need to tell us:

    • your new name in full
    • the date (or approximate date) it changed
    • whether the change was registered in New Zealand or overseas.

    If you changed your name or got married overseas, or if you were born overseas and changed your name in New Zealand before 25 January 2009, we’ll need to see proof — like your marriage certificate or documents showing a statutory declaration or deed poll change.

    To change your name, log into RealMe and go to 'my verified account' and then 'I've changed my name'.

  • If you’ve accidentally set up more than one RealMe account, you can combine them so you only have one.

    To do this, go to “manage my login”, “manage my account” and then “combine logins”.

  • Your verified identity is valid for five years – after that, you have to re-confirm your credentials and get a new photo taken.

    Your verified identity can be renewed from up to three months before it expires. To start your renewal, login to RealMe and go to ‘my verified account’ and then ‘renew your identity’.

    If you haven’t already renewed, you’ll get an email one month before your verification is due to expire guiding you to re-confirm your credentials.

    If you don’t renew straight away, you can still use your RealMe username and password to login to other services.

  • A secret PIN is a 5-digit code you can use instead of security questions to reset your password online.

    Set up a secret PIN by logging into “manage my login” and selecting “add secret PIN”.

  • Google Authenticator is a mobile app for phones and tablets. If you’ve got a mobile registered with RealMe, you can link Google Authenticator to your RealMe account for extra security.

    Once you’ve set it up, you just open Google Authenticator each time you’re logging in using RealMe, and enter the code displayed in your app. The code lasts for 30 seconds.

    Tip: Google Authenticator is great if you’re overseas and can’t receive text codes.

    To set it up:

    • Log in to RealMe.
    • Go to “manage my login” then “add Google Authenticator”.
    • Enter your password and text code.
    • Install the Google Authenticator app on your phone and/or tablet.
    • Scan the QR code or add the secret key to associate the app with RealMe.
    • Enter the six-digit code generated by Google Authenticator.

    To help keep your account secure, we recommend only using your Google Authenticator app for RealMe.

  • If you need a token to use a RealMe service, you’ll be sent it when you sign up. Instructions on setting it up will be included - if you have problems setting your token up, call the direct dial number on your letter or our RealMe helpdesk.


    • display a randomly generated number that changes every 60 seconds
    • last for three years – a new one will be sent to you before the old one expires
    • can be deactivated if you don’t need them anymore — give us a call to do this.

    If you’ve lost your token, call us. We’ll send out a replacement and get you an emergency code so you can log in while you’re waiting.

    If you have a token you don't need anymore, let your service administrator know or give us a call.

  • You can suspend or cancel your RealMe verified information or account anytime - just log in to your RealMe account, go to “manage my login” then “suspend account” or "delete account", and follow the steps.

    If you want to reinstate your account later, call us on 0800 664 774 (or +64 9 357 4468 from overseas). You'll need to re-verify any information you verified before you suspended or deleted the account.

  • The simplest way to check if your identity details are linked to your RealMe account is to log in to “My Verified Account” and look for a Green Tick next to “Your Identity”.

    Follow these easy steps:

    ·      Go to the RealMe Homepage

    ·      Click on “Login” in the top right corner of the page

    ·      Choose “My Verified Account”

    ·      Enter your username and password

    ·      Complete the Security check by entering in the 6 digit RealMe code from your device

    ·      Look at the box to the left of the “Your Identity” section.

           If there is a:

          Green Tick – Your identity information has been verified 

          Orange Arrow – Your application is in progress

          Empty White Box – You have not yet started an application to have your identity verified 

    How to verify your identity

  • The simplest way to check if your identity details are correct is to log in to “My Verified Account” and review the information listed in “Your Identity”.

    Follow these easy steps:

    ·      Go to the RealMe Homepage

    ·      Click on “Login” in the top right corner of the page

    ·      Choose “My Verified Account”

    ·      Enter your username and password

    ·      Complete the Security check by entering in the 6 digit RealMe code from your device

    ·      Check the information in the “Your Identity” section.

    If your details are incorrect call us on 0800 664 774

    If you have changed your name:

           Click on “Manage your identity”

           Select “I’ve changed my name” from the left menu

           Update your details and submit the change

    We’ll send you an email to confirm the change, or if any further information is required.