Prove who you are without paper
24 May 2015.
You can now share your identity information, without having to send in your passport or birth certificate, when you apply online for a Student Allowance and Loan, if you have a RealMe verified identity.
Using a RealMe verified identity
Verify your identity through the RealMe service and use it to prove who you are online with any organisation that uses RealMe. A RealMe verified identity means you can also do things like open a bank account (with participating banks) and enrol to vote online without the paperwork.
If you are applying for a Student Allowance and loan for the first time, make sure you apply online with a RealMe verified identity, so you don’t need to worry about sending us your identity documents.
Follow these quick and easy steps to set up your RealMe verified identity before you apply.
- Create a RealMe login go to www.realme.govt.nz
- Verify your identity online.
- Go to a PostShop and get your photo taken – you will receive an email once your identity is confirmed.
- Apply online for your student finances.
You can still apply for your Student Allowance and Loan online without a verified identity. If you apply without a verified identity you will need to send us evidence of your identity, like your passport or birth certificate.
If you have applied for a Student Allowance or Loan online in the past and StudyLink has seen your identity documents then you can login to MyStudyLink to apply as a returning student without a verified identity.
Find out more about RealMe and verifying your identity at www.realme.govt.nz/students