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Your driver licence

For some, a driver licence means independence and freedom. For others, it’s a necessary tool for their work. But being on the road carries a risk – for you and others road users. Whether you want a licence for a motorcycle or car, or to operate a passenger bus or bulldozer, your licence comes with responsibilities. The requirements you have to meet aim to ensure you have the skills and knowledge to drive your vehicle safely. This section explains those requirements and the steps to take to apply for, renew or replace your driver licence.

If you're looking to get your licence, or you're already on your learners or restricted, new time limits on licences may affect you. Click here to find out more

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The restricted driver licence test is getting harder
New driver licence tests were introduced in February 2012.

What New Zealand’s photo driver licences look like, the information they contain, an overview of the licence classes and endorsements, and the fees that apply to the application and testing process involved in getting your licence.
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Generally your photo licence is current for 10 years. But you can replace or renew it any time. It’s particularly important that you replace lost or stolen licences promptly.
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Things you need to know before venturing onto New Zealand roads, including the licences you need to hold and where to go for an English translation of your overseas licence. You’ll also find links to the New Zealand road code and tips for driving here.
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You must hold a current driver licence to drive on the road. If you drive without one you risk a range of penalties.
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You may need to apply for an international driving permit if you plan to drive when overseas. If you’re staying in another country for a while you may need to convert your New Zealand licence.
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You have to be medically fit to drive. This section sets out what that means for drivers and provides advice for doctors and other practitioners.
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See answers to frequently asked questions about driver licences, find out about the exemptions to licences allowed by law and how to lodge a complaint about your driving test.
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