Apply for NZ Super

Are you nearing 65 and thinking about NZ Super? Here’s the 101 on key things you should know and expect… 

Lots of people have questions about NZ Super including questions about residency requirements and what the different rates are depending on things like your relationship and living circumstances. You can find answers to these questions and more at:

You’ll get a letter from Inland Revenue 4 to 8 weeks before your 65th birthday which will tell you about applying for NZ Super, and about choosing a tax code that you want to use for your NZ Super.

Applying for NZ Super is easy! You should get onto this before you turn 65 to make sure you don’t miss out on any payments. You might like to get your information and documents ready. These vary depending on your circumstances. You can find out more about what you’ll need and apply online at

If you apply online you’ll need to use a RealMe login. RealMe is the Government’s secure user ID. You can find out about that at:

You may need to go in to a Work and Income office for an appointment after applying online to confirm your details. Senior Services will let you know if you need to or not after they receive your application.

It’s okay to fill out an application form by hand if you prefer. You can ring Senior Services on 0800 552 002 to ask them to send you a form, or you can pick one up from your local Work and Income office.