NZ Pass Verifier

NZ Pass Verifier is a free Ministry of Health app for businesses and organisations to scan and verify their customers’ My Vaccine Pass.

Last updated: 16 May 2022

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This page is about the NZ Pass Verifier app. For information about My Vaccine Pass, see My Vaccine Pass.

Download NZ Pass Verifier

Download on the Apple app store               Download on the Google play app store

Minimum requirements:

  • IOS: Requires iOS 11 or later (this generally means iPhone 5S or newer)
  • Android: Requires Android 6.0 or later.

To ensure your camera is capable of scanning a QR code, a camera with a resolution of at least 5 megapixels (2560 x 1960 pixels) may provide the best experience. Some low-resolution cameras may have difficulty scanning QR codes if the pass is laminated or has a reflective surface.

If you are considering purchasing a device to scan passes, check that it can download and run the app.

About NZ Pass Verifier

The NZ Pass Verifier is a tool that businesses and organisations can use to scan My Vaccine Passes and help stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep their community safe.

With this app you can:

  • scan a customer’s My Vaccine Pass in digital or paper format
  • verify their COVID-19 vaccination status – the pass owner’s first name, last name, and date of birth will be displayed on screen
  • use audio and vibrations to get feedback on whether the My Vaccine Pass is valid or invalid
  • use landscape mode
  • verify passes without internet – the app needs to be connected to the internet at least every 14 days to stay up to date
  • use back or front camera for scanning (a front camera of at least 7 megapixels for iOS, and 10 megapixels for Andriod, will work best for scanning)
  • protect privacy – no information about the owner of the My Vaccine Pass is stored on the device or leaves the device.

You can’t use the NZ Pass Verifier to scan International Travel Vaccination Certificates.

How to use NZ Pass Verifier

Once you’ve downloaded the app, and accepted the terms of use, you will need to:

Allow camera permissions

The NZ Pass Verifier app requires camera permissions so it can scan My Vaccine Pass QR codes.

The app will request this permission when you start to scan.

Scan COVID-19 My Vaccine Passes

To scan a pass, press the large ‘Scan’ button. This will bring up the scanning screen.

Point your phone at the QR code on the pass so that it fits within the target area on your screen.

A valid scanned pass will show the person’s name and date of birth (as shown on the My Vaccine Pass) along with a green tick and the word 'valid'.

If the NZ Vaccine Pass is not valid, the app will tell you why this might be, this could include:

  • the pass has expired
  • or the QR code can’t be verified.

To scan another pass, tap the ‘Scan again’ button or swipe the results screen downwards to dismiss it.

Scanning a pass doesn't tell you whether a person is up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccinations – just if they meet the vaccination requirements. A person can either be up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccinations, or medically exempt (a very small number of New Zealanders will be exempt). This maintains the privacy of those who medically cannot be vaccinated.

Scanning someone’s pass proves that it is authentic, valid, and has not expired.

Door posters

If you want to check visitors' My Vaccine Pass with the NZ Pass Verifier app, you can display posters to let everyone know.

Download door posters – Unite against COVID-19

Scanning passes with no internet

The NZ Pass Verifier app can scan vaccine passes without an internet connection, but you will need internet to download the app and scan the first pass. The app also needs to be connected to the internet every 14 days to stay up to date. 


When a pass is scanned the pass holder’s name and date of birth only show briefly. The NZ Pass Verifier App does not store or collect this personal information.

It's an offence for a business to collect and/or sell the details from the My Vaccine Pass and use for purposes outside the COVID-19 response.

Technical support

Email [email protected]

Call 0800 800 606

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