You have to confirm that you are medically fit each time you apply for, renew or replace your driver licence. This may simply involve signing the declaration on the licence application form. But you may need to present a medical or eyesight certificate.
You have to complete a medical declaration when you complete any driver licence application form. This asks you to declare any conditions that may affect your ability to drive safely, including:
If you answer 'yes' to any of these you may need to provide a medical or eyesight certificate.
You'll need to present a medical certificate when:
*The medical certificate must have been provided for the same medical standard that you are now applying for:
A New Zealand-registered medical practitioner must complete your medical certificate. Ask your doctor to complete a Transport Agency medical certificate for you. Your doctor will have copies.
You are responsible for the cost of getting your certificate. The cost varies from doctor to doctor.
Where a doctor has concerns over whether you're medically fit to drive the classes or endorsements you're applying for, they commonly seek a second opinion. They may refer you to an occupational therapist for a driving assessment.
This assessment involves an approximately two-hour off-road assessment, which may be followed by a 50–60-minute on-road assessment.
The therapist then sends a report back to your doctor. When issuing your medical certificate, your doctor will take the therapist's report into consideration – for example they may recommend you only drive vehicles with an automatic transmission.