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.
Important: If you have a driver licence or want to get one, there are changes which take effect from 1 December 2014 which will affect you.
• There will be new evidence of identity requirements for people wanting to get a new licence or renew, reinstate or replace an existing licence. Click here to find out more.
• If you're looking to get your licence, or you're already on your learners or restricted, there will be time limits on new and renewed licences which may affect you click here.
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.
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.
The steps you need to take to earn your driver licence and endorsements and any conditions that may apply. This section includes where you can go to apply and undertake required training courses.