Although you are permitted to drive in New Zealand if you hold a valid driver’s license from another country, you will need to convert this license to a New Zealand one if you are staying here for 12 months or more. Here’s how you do it.

Where to go

You will need to apply in person at a New Zealand Transport driver licensing agent to get your current license converted. These agents are selected VTNZ and VINZ stations and most AA offices. Look these up online to see where your nearest or most convenient agent is.

When you get to your nearest or most convenient agent, find the relevant application for that you will need to complete.

What You’ll Need

You will need to present your current overseas driving license in order for you to be issued with a valid New Zealand license. You will also need to bring along another form of ID, a passport is preferable, and evidence of address. The evidence of address can be in the form of a bank statement or a utility bill, both no more than 12 months old.

You may also have to present a current medical certificate if required and pass an eyesight screening check.


Once you have filled out the relevant forms you need to pay a fee to get your new license. This varies between $70 and $120 depending on what license you need to get (learner, restricted or full).

After all the forms have been checked and your fee paid, you will then get your photograph taken and your new license will be sent to you by post.

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  1. The best place for you to find all the information you need is the NZ Transport Authority:

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  2. Anna says:

    Hi there,
    So this is the procedure if I want to convert my full driving license to a NZ one? Do I need to pass any tests?

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  3. Sandeep Patil says:

    Hi All,

    Here is the procedure, Depends on which country License you hold. I hold a India Driving license and here is what Happened to me,

    1) I went to AA and filled a form for conversion of overseas license. Gave my India Driving License, Passport Copy and bank statement
    2) I then had to give a Theory test, Which I cleared and immediately got a restricted NZ license.
    3) At the same time booked my practical test, After clearing this practical test, Full license will be granted.

    Note: Please see this link for actual form, that I filled which has all the details, You dont have to give practical test if your license is from some countries identified by NZTA –

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  4. navdeep says:

    hi my name is navdeep singh n i have a london’s full driving licence when come i to newzealand then i want to covert my licence into nz full licence is it made as it is or i have to give a test

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  5. Anna says:

    How soon can i convert my oversease license to Nz? Am i able to do this soon after i enter the country? Do i have to wait for the full year to pass?

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  6. Ajay says:

    I currently hold learner license of New Zealand. and I have tried to get the restricted license 4 time, but failed. so, I am considering to get a full license of India. so if i get a Full License of India, and If i havd to transfer it to New Zealand License. Which License would I get.
    Waiting for your reply.

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  7. sue says:

    Ajay you would get a full nz licence of nz if u get a full licence of india

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  8. Scott says:

    I am licensed to drive anything in the US, endorsed with hazardous materials, tanker, doubles, triples, and air brakes. I have a clean driving record and have a current medical certificate. Will I have to go through all of the classes and tests again or will I be able to transfer my license directly over?

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