Airport identity cards are required to carry out work in security areas and security enhanced areas at airports where the Director of Civil Aviation has specified that airport identity cards must be displayed.
You can apply for an airport identity card if you are:
If you need to apply for an airport identity card your employer will send you an invitation to apply online. You should use the log-in credentials that were sent to you.
If an applicant doesn’t have an email address or access to the internet, they must complete and sign the following form and give this to a person who certifies applications on behalf of their employer. The certifier will have to input the information into the Airport Gateway system and upload a copy of the completed form to the applicant’s on-line application.
Airport identity cards can last for up to three years. They will last for a shorter period of time if you have a work permit that will expire in less than three years, if you are only required to work at the airport for a limited time (less than three years), or at the discretion of the relevant Aviation Security Service Station Manager.
The application fee for an airport identity card is $62.45 (including GST). This fee is set out in regulation 10A of the Civil Aviation Charges Regulations (No 2) 1991(external link).
Fees are incurred each time an application is submitted. After an employer has submitted the application, the fee for this will be included on their next monthly invoice.
It is an offence to knowingly provide false information to the Civil Aviation Authority or the Director of Civil Aviation relevant to the Authority’s or the Director’s exercise of powers under the Civil Aviation Act 1990, or regulations or rules made under the Act. It is also an offence to fail to disclose, without reasonable excuse, information that is materially relevant in relation to a security check. Each offence is punishable by a term of imprisonment not exceeding 12 months or a ﬁne not exceeding $10,000 (Section 49 of the Civil Aviation Act 1990(external link) and section 56A of the Civil Aviation Act 1990(external link)).
Your application will need to be accompanied by:
In addition you must also provide copies of the following, if any of these situations apply to you:
You must consent to the Aviation Security Service carrying out a security (background) check to determine whether you pose a threat to aviation security. If you refuse to consent to a security check, your application for an airport identity card will not be considered.
In carrying out a security check, we ask people or organisations to disclose information about you. For example we can seek: a recommendation from the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service, information about your criminal record (if any) from the Ministry of Justice, or information from the New Zealand Customs Service or the New Zealand Immigration Service.
You and your employer will be informed whether you have received a favourable security check determination or an adverse security check determination. Advice to your employer will be limited to conﬁrming whether a favourable or adverse security check determination has been made, but not the reason for, or details of, any determination.
Favourable security check determination
You need to receive a favourable security check determination in order to be granted an airport identity card.
Adverse security check determination
In the case of an adverse security check determination, you have the right to have the determination reviewed under section 77G of the Civil Aviation Act 1990(external link). However, if your objection is based solely on a recommendation from the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service, you must follow a complaint process with the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security under the Intelligence and Security Act 2017(external link).
If new information comes to light at any time, we can reconsider a favourable security check determination and revoke your airport identity card. In this case, you should refer to section 77F of the Civil Aviation Act 1990(external link).
Information contained in your application will be kept in the strictest conﬁdence and handled according to the principles of the Privacy Act 2020(external link). Under the Privacy Act you have the right to request access to, or correction of, any personal information held by the Aviation Security Service.
We aim to process each application within 10 working days of the date that we receive the completed application. If a security vetting result requires further consideration the application is likely to take longer.
You can pick up your airport identity card at the airport specified in your application as the one where you will carry out the majority of your work.
For the Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown, and Dunedin airports, this card will be held at the local Aviation Security Service office. Locations and office hours are listed below:
AIC Office, Aviation Security Service Base, 6 Cyril Kay Road, Auckland
Monday to Friday, 7:30 am to 2:00 pm
09 255 6014
Reception, Level 1, Aviation Security Service Administration Building, AFS Complex, Station Drive, Wellington International Airport
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 7:30 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm; Wednesday, 7:30 am to 12:00 pm
04 388 0950
10 Ivan Crescent, Christchurch International Airport, Christchurch
Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
03 357 3500
Aviation Security Service Reception, Queenstown Airport, Sir Henry Wigley Drive, Frankton, Queenstown 9300
Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
03 442 3049
Aviation Security Service Reception, Dunedin Airport, Airport Road, Momona, Mosgiel 9073
Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
03 474 9919
For Hamilton, Tauranga, Rotorua, Hawkes Bay, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Blenheim, Nelson, and Invercargill airports the card will be available from the office of the airport management company.
To uplift your card you will need to show us an original approved identity document which confirms your identity. (For a list of approved identity documents, see above What do I need to provide with my application?)
If your employing organisation has been registered with us for 12 months or more and the cards will be issued from Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown or Dunedin, an authorised certifier can:
Whether a person is issued with a red or yellow airport identity card will depend on how much time and how often they are required to work in security and security enhanced areas. Red indicates frequent access and yellow indicates infrequent access.
If you fail to pick up your airport identity card within 90 days of being notified that the card is ready, you will have to submit a new application.
If you have been issued with an airport identity card you must do the following while you are in a security or a security enhanced area:
You must return your card straight away to the Aviation Security Service if:
Failure to return your card may incur a penalty of up to $1,000.
You must notify the Aviation Security Service if:
The diagram below shows security and security enhanced areas.
Fines and infringement fees for the following offences and infringement offences are set out in the Civil Aviation (Offences) Regulations 2006(external link):
If you lose your airport identity card, you must report this immediately to the Aviation Security Service.
You can apply for an unescorted temporary airport identity card, but you must do this before reporting your card as “lost”.
After the status of your card has been changed to “lost” you will only be able to apply for escorted temporary airport identity cards.
If you find your airport identity card again after reporting it lost, you must notify the Aviation Security Service straight away so the card can be reactivated. Alternatively, if your card cannot be found and you need a new card, you will have to complete the application process again.
If you have changed your name (for example by deed poll or by marriage) you should apply for a new airport identity card as soon as possible. You will have to complete a new application and provide proof of your change of name. Your employer will have to pay another application fee.
An airport identity card is not transferable, and can only be used by the person named on the card.
No, your card only authorises you to work airside for the employer named on the card.