WHO IS A TRUSTED REFEREE?
WHO OR WHAT Is A "Trusted Referee"?
A trusted referee for AML in NZ is a person who is able to certify an identity document under the AML/CFT Act.
In New Zealand a trusted referee must be at least 16 years of age and one of the following:
a) Commonwealth representative (as defined in the Oaths and Declarations Act 1957)
b) Member of the police
c) Justice of the peace
d) Registered medical doctor
e) Kaumātua (as verified through a reputable source)
f) Registered teacher
g) Minister of religion
h) Lawyer (as defined in the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006)
i) Notary public
j) New Zealand Honorary consul
k) Member of Parliament
l) Chartered accountant (within the meaning of section 19 of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants Act 1996)
m) A person who has the legal authority to take statutory declarations or the equivalent in
New Zealand Certification when overseas
When certification occurs overseas, copies of international identification provided by a customer resident overseas must be certified by a person authorised by law in that country to take statutory declarations or equivalent in the customer’s country.
In addition, the trusted referee must not be:
a) related to the customer; for example, a trusted referee cannot be their parent, child, brother, sister, aunt, uncle or cousin
b) the spouse or partner of the customer
c) a person who lives at the same address as the customer
d) a person involved in the transaction or business requiring the certification.
The trusted referee must sight the original documentary identification, and make a statement to the effect that the documents provided are a true copy and represent the identity of the named individual.
Certification must include the name, signature, and the date of certification. The trusted referee must specify their capacity to act as a trusted referee from sections (a)-(m) above.
Certification must have been carried out in the three months preceding the presentation of the copied documents.
HOW TO CERTIFY (WHAT NEEDS TO BE WRITTEN ON THE CERTIFICATION DOCUMENT)
The certifier must sight the original and the copy, and make sure both documents are identical. They then must either write or stamp on the copy as follows:
"I certify this is a true copy of the original document, which I have sighted, and it represents a true likeness of the individual."
Address or non-photo ID certification must state in writing or by use of a stamp, the following:
"I have sighted the original and certify this is a true copy of the original document."
Also, on each copy, the certifier must write or stamp:
These requirements are from the Amended Identity Verification Code of Practice 2013. For more information on our AML/CFT program, please visit this page.