In addition to people with a current, valid New Zealand driver’s licence, anyone can drive in New Zealand who:
It’s possible to convert your overseas licence to a New Zealand licence within 12 months of arriving. It’s usually easier than applying for a New Zealand licence, but some people have to sit a written and oral test, depending on what country they got their licence in.
After living in New Zealand for 12 months, you have to get a New Zealand driver’s licence (if you haven’t already converted your overseas licence). That involves a written and test on the road code, and a practical test in which a policeman or woman observes your driving.
You do not have to sit a test if you already have a licence, and:
If these things don’t apply to you, then you have to sit and pass a test. If you want a licence for a commercial vehicle or a heavy vehicle, you have to do the test. And if you have to sit the test, you need to know the road code.
Here is the official NZ government website with everything you need to convert your driver’s licence to a New Zealand one.
Application forms and information about converting your licence can be obtained from driver licensing agents (such as Automobile Association ‘AA’ offices), or alternatively contact Land Transport New Zealand’s Driver Licensing Call Centre on 0800 822 422 with any queries.
When you take the test, make sure you have everything with you, including:
NB: All documents should be originals and no photocopies. At the time of taking the test you will also have a photo taken which will be visible on your new licence.