From the 1st January 2019 Real Estate Agents will be required to verify the identity of their clients in accordance with the AML/CFT Act 2019 legislation, this is called Customer Due Diligence (CDD)
NZ introduced its Anti-Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 (AML/CFT) in 2009 as
it was estimated that over $1BILLION a year from drug dealing and fraud is laundered through New
From 1st January 2019 Real Estate agents will be required to verify the identity of their clients
in accordance with AML/CFT Act 2009. This is called Customer Due Diligence (CDD).
They must identify and verify:
As a starting point, the following identity information must be obtained:
This can be done several ways but not unlike the banks, they will ask to see your identity documents like
your Passport, Driver Licence, utility bill etc.
Your real estate agent is also required to get information on the nature and purpose of
the proposed business relationship with you. This includes understanding what you are
trying to achieve, how much business is expected, and how regular your interactions will
Businesses are not doing this because they think you are laundering money – they are doing it to
help protect everyone and because they are required to under the law.
Please note – If you are purchasing property you are not deemed a client of the real estate company
(unless you have engaged them as a buyer’s agent) however, your lawyer also has AML/CFT obligations
and may need to complete CDD. We encourage all purchasers to engage early with lawyers in any sale
or purchase process.
For more information, visit the DIA (Department of Internal Affairs)