Immigration, Visa Applications & Citizenship

Avoid having your translations done elsewhere only to discover that they aren’t accepted by the relevant authority!

MLT Translation Centre is the only fully accredited translation agency in the South Island and is one of just six offices nationwide authorised to provide translations for the New Zealand Immigration Service, NZQA (New Zealand Qualifications Authority), NZTA (New Zealand Transport Agency) and the New Zealand Citizenship Office.

Our translators are tertiary qualified and have years of experience and in-depth subject knowledge, so you gain maximum benefit.

The cost to translate a birth, marriage or police certificates is $50.00 and the translation will take 5 business days.
Driver licences cost $45 to translate on this 5 day service.
We also offer a 3 day business service for $70.00 or a same day or 24 hour service for $90.00

If you are applying for your visa online you can simply email your documents to us and we can email you a pdf version of your translation for just $5 in addition to the translation cost.

We may need to see either the original document or a certified copy. If you send your original documents, we recommend you send them by courier enclosing a prepaid self-addressed postal bag and courier tracking sticker. We can translate from a scanned copy but this is noted on the translation, please check the requirements of your application.

Non standard documents such a diplomas, academic transcripts and support letters, that need to be translated in full are charged on a per word basis. We can provide you with a free quote once we have seen the document.

If your documents are not in a roman scripted language please also send us the English spelling for any names given in the document.

Please feel free to to scan and email copies of the documents to us if you would like a more accurate quote.
Documents can also be brought directly to our office at 21 Bealey Avenue, Christchurch. We are open 8.30am-5pm, Monday to Friday. No appointment necessary!

For further information on charges please see the charges page. Alternatively, email your documents/artwork files to and we will email you a quote/estimate free of charge.