Driver licencing for overseas licences

7 September 2021

Driving on an overseas licence

Entered NZ between 2 January 2019 and 17 December 2020

Visa holders can continue to drive in New Zealand on their overseas licence for up to 24 months OR until 31 March 2022, whichever comes first.

Entered NZ after 18 December 2020

Once they pass a theory test, visa holders can continue to drive on their overseas licence. This exemption applies until either the overseas licence becomes invalid, or until 31 March 2022.

Click here for more information on the licence extensions.

Converting to a New Zealand driver licence

For any visa holder that needs/wants a New Zealand driver licence, use the overseas driver licence conversion process. It is a shorter and simpler process than applying for a standard New Zealand driver licence.
Once an applicant passes the theory and practical tests, they will no longer be required to be accompanied by a New Zealand Full Driver Licence holder when driving.

Click here for more info on converting to a NZ driver licence