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.

Applying for temporary airport identity cards

Who can apply for a temporary airport identity card?

If you hold an airport identity card or if you are a certifier, you can apply for an escorted temporary airport identity card for a person who:

• needs to work in a secudrity area or security enhanced area of a security designated airport for less than 60 days in a 365-day period; or

• is waiting for an airport identity card to be issued.

You can apply for an unescorted temporary airport identity card if you have lost, misplaced or forgotten your permanent airport identity card.

How do I apply for a temporary airport identity card?

To apply for escorted and unescorted temporary airport identity cards log into Airport Gateway (https://app.idgateway.co.nz(external link)) using your log-in credentials.

  • If you have forgotten your password, use the “forgotten password” option.
  • If you have forgotten your User Name or PIN, contact one of your organisation’s certifiers.
  • If you have locked yourself out after several unsuccessful attempts to log in, contact one of your organisation’s certifiers.
  • If you do not know who your organisation’s certifiers are, contact your local Avsec office (see contact details below).

Applications should be submitted at least 24 hours before the cards are required and by early Friday morning for a weekend card pick-up.

How long do temporary airport identity cards last?

Temporary airport identity cards can be issued for periods of between one and seven days. Cards are only issued for the minimum required period of time that entry into a security area or security enhanced area is required. If you need to be able to enter these areas for more than seven days you will need to apply for a new temporary airport identity card for each seven-day period.

Temporary cards can only be issued for up to 60 days in a 365-day period. If you will need to access security area or security enhanced areas for more than 60 days you will need to apply for an AIC (see https://www.aviation.govt.nz/airspace-and-aerodromes/airport-identity-cards/permanent-airport-identity-cards/).

How much does it cost to apply for a temporary airport identity card?

The application fee for a temporary airport identity card is $7.95 (including GST). This fee is set out in regulation 10A of the Civil Aviation Charges Regulations (No 2) 1991(external link).

Fees are incurred upon application and invoiced monthly to the employer of the person who applied for the temporary airport identity card.

What do I need to provide with my application?

For each person who requires a temporary airport identity card the following must be provided:

  1. a photograph and
  2. a copy of one of the following forms of identification:
  • New Zealand driver licence – current
  • New Zealand Passport – current or expired within the last two years
  • Overseas Passport – current
  • NZ 18+ card or Kiwi Access card – current
  • Firearms licence – current
  • Military Identification – current
  • Police Identification – current
  • statutory declaration signed by a Justice of the Peace (JP), with an accompanying photo of you on the back of which the JP has written your full name, their signature and the date.

Can an application for a temporary airport identity card be declined?

People are unlikely to be issued with a temporary airport identity card if they have:

  • had an application for permanent airport identity card declined as a result of an adverse security check determination;
  • been found not to have complied with airport identity card conditions of use.

If this is the case, that person may want to discuss this with an Operations Manager or the Station Manager.

What happens to my personal information?

Information contained in your application will be kept in the strictest confidence and handled according to the principles of the Privacy Act 1993(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.

Issuing temporary airport identity cards

Where and when are temporary airport identity cards issued?

Temporary airport identity cards can be issued from the following locations during these times:

Auckland  

AIC Office, Aviation Security Service Base, 6 Cyril Kay Road, Auckland

aichelpdesk@avsec.govt.nz

09 255 6014

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday  7.30 am to 4.00 pm;

Wednesday 7.30 am to 12.00 pm

Control Room, 6 Cyril Kay Road, Auckland International Airport

Anytime

Auckland international terminal

4.00 am to 8.30 am;

11.00 am to 2.30 pm;

4.00 pm to 4.30 pm

Air New Zealand JetBase

Monday to Friday, 7.00 am to 12.00 pm

Wellington

 

Reception, Level 1, Aviation Security Service Administration Building, AFS Complex, Station Drive, Wellington International Airport

Reception.WLG@avsec.govt.nz

04 388 0950

Monday to Friday, 8.00 am to 4.00 pm

Aviation Security Service IOC, Level 1, Main Terminal Building, Wellington International Airport

Outside reception opening hours

Christchurch

 

10 Ivan Crescent, Christchurch International Airport, Christchurch

Reception.CHC@avsec.govt.nz

03 357 3500

Monday to Thursday, 7.00 am to 4.30 pm; Friday 7.00 am to 3.30 pm

Domestic screening point, Christchurch

5.30 am to 9.30 pm

Queenstown

 

Aviation Security Service Base Reception, Queenstown Airport

Reception.ZQN@avsec.govt.nz

03 442 3049

Monday to Friday, 9.00 am to 3.00 pm

Screening point, Queenstown Airport

Airport operating hours

Dunedin

 

Aviation Security Service Base Reception, Dunedin International Airport

Reception.DUD@avsec.govt.nz

03 474 9919

Monday to Friday, 8.00 am to 6.00 pm

What do I need to provide to be issued with a temporary airport identity card?

Before a person can be issued with a temporary airport identity card they must show us the original identity document that was uploaded to their application. This will be one of the following forms of identity:

  • New Zealand driver licence – current
  • New Zealand Passport – current or expired within the last two years
  • Overseas Passport – current
  • NZ 18+ card or Kiwi Access card – current
  • Firearms licence – current
  • Military Identification – current
  • Police Identification – current
  • statutory declaration signed by a Justice of the Peace (JP), with an accompanying photo of you on the back of which the JP has written your full name, their signature and the date.

Photocopies or photos on mobile phones of identity documents are not acceptable.

If an escorted temporary airport identity card is being issued, an escort who holds a current airport identity card must be present at the issuing point.

Conditions of use

What do I have to do if I have been issued with a temporary airport identity card?

If you have been issued with a temporary airport identity card you must do the following while you are in a security or a security enhanced area:

  • be escorted by a person holding a permanent airport identity card, unless you have been issued with an unescorted temporary airport identity card,
  • wear the card so that it is clearly visible to other people,
  • only enter the security or a security enhanced areas specified in your application,
  • only remain in the security or a security enhanced area for the purpose of your work,
  • comply with the airport’s safety and security rules,
  • produce your card for inspection if asked to do so by an authorised person.

What is a security or a security enhanced area?

The diagram below shows security and security enhanced areas.

Can I lend my temporary airport identity card to someone else?

A temporary airport identity card is not transferable and can only be used by the person who is named on the card.

How can I reduce the amount of money that my organisation spends on temporary airport identity cards?

Your organisation can reduce the amount of money that it spends on temporary airport identity cards by:

  • applying for airport identity cards at the earliest possible opportunity so new employees don’t need to be issued with a temporary card while they are waiting for their airport identity card to be issued;
  • returning airport identity cards to Aviation Security Service for any employees who no longer work for you to ensure that your organisation is not charged if these people escort a temporary card holder;
  • ensuring that applications are only made for those people who are able to attend the airport on the appointed day.

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