National Student Number (NSN)

The National Student Number (NSN) is a unique number given to every student by the Ministry of Education.

The use of the NSN is governed by the Education and Training Act 2020 (see sections 649, 661, clause 71 of Schedule 1 and Schedule 24). Authorised users are allowed to use NSNs for specific purposes, in order to facilitate the accurate use and transfer, by authorised users, of information relating to individual students.

Your NSN is assigned to you by the Secretary for Education.

You may use or disclose your NSN for any purpose. Authorised users are restricted in their use or disclosure as follows:

  • monitoring and ensuring student enrolment and attendance
  • encouraging attendance at early childhood services 
  • ensuring education providers and students receive appropriate resourcing
  • statistical purposes
  • research purposes
  • ensuring that student educational records are accurately maintained.

I don't know my National Student Number (NSN), how can I find this out?

If you're currently at school, you can ask your school for your NSN. Otherwise, you can call the NZQA Call Centre on 0800 697 296 or complete this form for assistance.

Skip to main page content Accessibility page with list of access keys Home Page Site Map Contact Us