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Until 31 May 2006 it was good enough for overseas visitors to carry their overseas driver licence if they wanted to drive in New Zealand, in whichever language this licence was issued. This has changed.

Since 1 June 2006 the following amendment is in place, first to ensure the validity of overseas driver licences, second to prevent identity fraud:

Overseas drivers with a non-English licence must carry an accurate English translation or an International Driving Permit (IDP) while driving.

If you intend to stay in New Zealand longer than 12 months you must acquire a New Zealand driver licence. This means that - if you come from a country like Germany, France, Austria, GB etc. you must sit a theory test. To be allowed to do this you must present a licence in English language or have a translation, done by a registered translation service.

When a person is issued with a New Zealand driver licence their overseas driver licence will be invalidated for the purpose of driving in New Zealand. This change means people cannot drive on two licences ? there have been cases of people accumulating demerit points on two licences and so avoiding penalties.

Overseas birth certificates and driver licences will no longer be accepted as primary identification for the purpose of converting an overseas licence to a New Zealand licence. Applicants must now show a passport as proof of their identity, in addition to presenting their original overseas driver licence (not an International Driving Permit).

Type: Car/Motor Home
Website: http://www.landtransport.govt.nz/media/2006/060531.html

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  • Written Apr 27, 2007
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