Request a classification, exemption or reconsideration

If you're a member of the public, an official, or an industry member, you're able to submit something to be classified, ask about getting a classification changed or request an exemption.

Members of the public

Members of the public can use this form to submit a request for a classification, exemption or reconsideration. Read more about the different types of requests below.

Submissions

Submissions

You can apply to the Chief Censor to have a publication (like a book, film, magazine or artwork) classified. You must provide a reason for your submission and declare your interest in the publication.

Applying to have a publication classified

Exemption

Exemptions

An exemption allows you to legally access an objectionable publication. You can also get an exemption to show a restricted film/publication to people under the age of the restriction.

Applying for an exemption to access a restricted publication

Reconsideration

Reconsiderations: changing an older classification

A reconsideration is where the Classification Office re-examines a publication that was classified more than three years ago, or in special circumstances.

Applying to have a classification decision reconsidered

Review

Reviews: changing a recent classification

A review is where the Film and Literature Board of Review reviews a recently classified publication and issues a new decision, which replaces the decision of the Classification Office.

Applying to have a classification decision reviewed


Officials

Officials from the Department of Internal Affairs, Police, Customs and the courts can make classification requests directly to the Classification Office.

DIA

Department of Internal Affairs

Department of Internal Affairs officials may submit a publication to the Classification Office to determine if it's objectionable. Submissions are made on behalf of the Secretary for Internal Affairs.

How to make a submission

Police

Police

Officials from Police may submit a publication for classification to determine if it is objectionable. Submissions by Police are made on behalf of the Commissioner of Police

How to make a submission

Customs

Customs

Customs officials may submit a publication for classification. Submissions by Customs officials are made on behalf of the Chief Executive of New Zealand Customs.

How to make a submission

Courts

Court officials

As part of court proceedings, officials from New Zealand courts may submit publications to the Classification Office to determine if they are objectionable.

How to make a submission


Industry members

Owners, makers, or authorised distributors of a publication can submit publications for classification and apply for decisions to be reconsidered or reviewed.

Submissions

Submissions for films and video games

In order to obtain a classification you need to submit your film or game to the Film and Video Labelling Body (FVLB), who will either assign an unrestricted rating or refer the publication to us.

How to submit films and video games for classification

Reconsideration

Reconsiderations: changing an older classification

A reconsideration is where the Classification Office re-examines a publication, and either alters or confirms the previous classification decision on the publication.

Applying to have a classification decision reconsidered

Review

Reviews: changing a recent classification

A review is where the Film and Literature Board of Review reviews a recently classified publication and issues a new decision, which replaces the decision of the Classification Office.

Applying to have a classification decision reviewed

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