What do I need to have to drive in New Zealand?

What do I need to have to drive in New Zealand?

In my line of business I come across this question a lot so I thought it will be useful to write a short travel tip here for those of you looking for the information.

Whether you’re coming to New Zealand for a short time or coming to New Zealand to stay, you need to make a few preparations if you’re planning to drive while in NZ. In all cases, you need to bring with you your current driver licence from your home country.

 

International Driving Permit

An International Driving Permit is an internationally recognised permit that lets you drive outside of your country of origin. It is not a driving licence in its own right. It is valid only as long as your country of origin driver licence is valid and you must carry both with you.

If your country of origin driving licence is in English you DO NOT need to have an International Driving Licence to drive in New Zealand.

If your country of origin driving licence is NOT in English you must also have an International Driving Permit.

If you will be in New Zealand for more than a year, you need to gain a New Zealand driver licence.

 

How to convert your overseas driver licence to a New Zealand licence:

1. File an application for a New Zealand driver licence at a driver licensing agent - The Automobile Association (AA), Vehicle Testing New Zealand (VTNZ) or Vehicle Inspection New Zealand (VINZ).

2. Complete an Application for conversion of an overseas driver licence form.

3. You will need to present your overseas driver licence. If your overseas licence is not in English you will also need to present an approved translation of your overseas licence.

4. Present evidence of your identity and your address.
Note: you will need to present approved photocopies of the documents listed above.

5. You may be required to present current medical certificate.

6. Unless you provide a current eyesight or medical certificate you will also need to pass an eyesight screening check.

7. Licence fee - the amount payable depends on the type of licence you apply for.

The requirement for a theory and practical tests depends on the country you come from. It is obvious all drivers must know New Zealand's road rules and it is particularly important due to New Zealand's unique give way rules. Some countries have driver licensing systems that are very different from those we have here in New Zealand's. If you come from any of these countries you will have to take both theory and practical tests.

 

 

Theory Test

You DO NOT have to take the theory test if your licence is from the following countries, it is current and you are converting a car or a motorcycle licence:

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom or the United States of America.

You DO have to take the theory test if you have a licence from a country not listed above or if you would like to convert a heavy vehicle licence from any country.

 

Practical Test

You DO NOT have to take the practical test if your licence is from the following countries, it is current and you have held this licence for more than two years:

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom or the United States of America.

You DO have to take the practical test if you have a licence from a country not listed above or if you have held your licence for less than two years.

 

Written and contributed by AllWaysNZ
www.allwaysrental.co.nz

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