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Licence fees and refunds

Updated: 24 September 2014

The fee you have to pay for your photo driver licence depends on the vehicle you want to drive and any tests or additional requirements that may apply. If you cancel an application you’ve made for a photo driver licence or a driving test, you may be eligible for a refund of some or all the fees you’ve paid. 

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What are the fees to get my photo driver licence?

New or additional class of licence
Application fee Test fee1,* Total
Learner licence
(class 1 or 6)
$48.70 $47.40 $96.10
Restricted licence
(class 1 or 6)
$48.70
$88.303 $137.00
Full licence
(class 1 or 6)
$50.00 $61.703 $111.70
Learner licence
(class 2 to 5)
$48.20 $45.70 $93.90
Full licence
(class 2 to 5)
$49.60 $59.902 $109.50
Note 1:
If you miss your test appointment or your test is failed or terminated, you must pay another test fee when you rebook. You will not have to pay another application fee.
Note 2:
If you're presenting a certificate confirming you've passed an approved course for your full class 2-5 licence you will not need to pay a test fee (see factsheet 70 Heavy vehicle driver licences for further information).
Note 3:
If you are presenting a CBTA certificate for your restricted or full class 6 licence you will not need pay a test fee (see factsheet 28 Learning to ride, getting your motorcycle for further information).
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If you want to change or cancel your test, you will have to pay a further fee (see Changing or cancelling your Test).

Overseas conversions
Application fee1 Theory test fee2,* Practical test fee2,* Total3
Class 1 or 6 $52.10 $45.70 $59.90 $157.70
Class 2 to 5 $52.10 $45.70 $59.90 $157.70
Note 1:
If you're applying to convert more than one class of licence at the same time, you pay only one application fee.
Note 2:
If you miss your test appointment or your test is failed or terminated, you must pay another test fee when you rebook. You will not have to pay another application fee.
Note 3:
Depending on the country issuing your overseas licence and the time you've held that licence, you may not have to pass theory and/or practical tests. Where you don't, the total fee you pay will reduce accordingly. Find out more.
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If you want to change or cancel your test, you will have to pay a further fee (see Changing or cancelling your Test).

Driver licence renewal
Application fee On Road Safety Test fee* Total
Standard licence renewal
(For drivers under 75 years)
$43.90 - $43.90
Older driver licence renewal
(For drivers over 75 years)
$18.70 $41.801 $60.502
Note 1:
If you miss your test appointment or your on-road safety test is failed or terminated, you may rebook your On-road Safety Test once only at no additional cost. You'll have to pay another test fee for any subsequent rebookings (but not another application fee).
Note 2:
The On-Road Safety Test is only required if recommended by your doctor. If no test is required, the total fee payable will reduce by $41.80.
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If you want to change or cancel your test, you will have to pay a further fee (see Changing or cancelling your Test).

Non-standard licence renewal periods and fees

The standard licence renewal period for older drivers (aged 75+) is two or five years, and 10 years for most other licence holders. Renewal fees for these drivers are shown above.

However, two groups of licence holders renew their licence for periods varying from 1-11 years:

  • drivers upgrading from a synthetic paper licence (often called lifetime licences). For these applicants, their first photo licence will expire on their next mid-decade birthday
  • drivers renewing their photo licence, who are aged 64-74 years. These drivers receive a photo licence which will expire on their 75th birthday.

The upgrade/renewal fees for these two groups of drivers are as follows:

Renewal period Upgrades Older drivers Fees ($)
11 year licence Upgrade aged 64
(10 year fee applies)
Renewal aged 64
(10 year fee applies)
$43.90
10 year licence
Upgrade aged 35, 45, 55 or 65 Renewal aged 65 $43.90
9 year licence
Upgrade aged 36, 46, 56 or 66 Renewal aged 66 $30.60
8 year licence
Upgrade aged 37, 47, 57 or 67 Renewal aged 67 $30.60
7 year licence
Upgrade aged 38, 48, 58 or 68 Renewal aged 68 $25.70
6 year licence
Upgrade aged 39, 49, 59 or 69 Renewal aged 69 $25.70
5 year licence
Upgrade aged 40, 50, 60 or 70 Renewal aged 70 $20.10
4 year licence
Upgrade aged 41, 51, 61 or 71 Renewal aged 71 $20.10
3 year licence
Upgrade aged 42, 52, 62 or 72 Renewal aged 72 $14.70
2 year licence Upgrade aged 43, 53, 63 or 73 Renewal aged 73 $14.70
1 year licence Upgrade aged 44, 54, 64 or 74 Renewal aged 74 $12.20

New P, V, I, O endorsement applications
Type Duration Application
fee1
Vetting
fee(s)2
ID
Card3
Test
fee4,*
Certification
fee5
Total
Small P 1 year $64.40 $28.80 $8.60 $59.90 - $161.70
Small P 5 years $246.30 $144.10 $8.60 $59.90 - $485.90
Large P 1 year $64.40 $28.80 - $59.90 - $153.10
Large P 5 years $246.30 $28.80 - $59.90 - $335.00
V 1 year $64.40 $28.80 $8.60 $59.90 - $161.70
V 5 years $246.30 $144.10 $8.60 $59.90 - $458.90
I 1 year $64.40 $28.80 - $59.90 - $153.10
I 5 years $246.30 $144.10 - $59.90 - $450.30
O 1 year $64.40 $28.80 - - $476.30 $569.50
O 5 years $246.30 $144.10 - - $476.30 $866.70
Note 1:
If you're applying for more than one endorsement at the same time, you'll pay only one application fee. This will be the highest application fee.
Note 2:
The vetting fee is $28.80 per year. The only exception is for Large P endorsement applicants who only wish to drive large passenger service vehicles, who pay the $28.80 vetting fee every 5th year.

If you're applying for more than one endorsement at the same time, you'll pay only one vetting fee. This will be the highest vetting fee.
Note 3:
If you're applying for more than one endorsement at the same time, you'll pay only one ID Card fee.
Note 4:
If you're applying for more than one endorsement at the same time, you'll pay only one test fee.

The $59.90 class 1 full licence test fee only applies where you've not passed a class 1 full licence test in the last five years.

If this test is not required the total fee payable will reduce by $86.60.
Note 5:
Please pay the certification fee at your nearest NZTA regional office.
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If you want to change or cancel your test, you will have to pay a further fee (see Changing or cancelling your Test).

P, V, I, O endorsement renewal applications
Type Duration Application fee1 Vetting fee(s)2 ID Card3 Total
Small P 1 year $64.40 $28.80 $8.60 $101.80
Small P 5 years $246.30 $144.10 $8.60 $399.00
Large P 1 year $64.40 $28.80 - $93.20
Large P 5 years $246.30 $28.80 - $275.10
V 1 year $64.40 $28.80 $8.60 $101.80
V 5 years $246.30 $144.10 $8.60 $399.00
I 1 year $64.40 $28.80 - $93.20
I 5 years $246.30 $144.10 - $390.40
O 1 year $64.40 $28.80 - $93.20
O 5 years $246.30 $144.10 - $390.40
Note 1:
If you're renewing more than one endorsement at the same time, you'll pay only one application fee. This will be the highest application fee.
Note 2:
The vetting fee is $28.80 per year. The only exception is for Large P endorsement applicants who only wish to drive large passenger service vehicles, who pay the $28.80 vetting fee every 5th year.

If you're applying for more than one endorsement at the same time, you'll pay only one vetting fee. This will be the highest vetting fee.
Note 3:
If you're applying for more than one endorsement at the same time, you'll pay only one ID Card fee.

Other fees
Application type Total
Replacement licence $38.20
Replacement ID card $13.70
Exemption application $27.20
Limited licence $39.30
New F, R, T, W or D endorsement $44.00
New or renewed D endorsement $44.00
Licence reinstatement fee $66.40
Certificate of particulars $11.10
Demerit point and suspension history $11.10

Changing or cancelling your test

If you want to change or cancel your test, you will have to pay a further fee.

  • Where there are two or more complete working days (excluding weekends and public holidays) between the day you change or cancel your test and the date of your appointment, you will need to pay a rescheduling fee of $16.40.

    This is a regulated fee to cover the time taken and costs incurred when a test is cancelled or rescheduled.
  • Where there are less than two complete working days (excluding weekends and public holidays) between the day you change or cancel your test and the date of your appointment, you will not pay a rescheduling fee but will need to pay a further test fee. This further test fee is not refundable.

    You may be eligible for a refund of the first test fee paid where the cancelled test time was subsequently filled by another person. If the test fee is refunded, a processing fee of $16.40 will be deducted.

How do I apply for a refund of driver licensing fees?

If you decide to cancel an application or a driving test you may be eligible for a refund of some or all of the fees you've paid.

We assess each refund application on its own merits. See more information on the refund application form (DL13) .

Send your completed refund application form to Driver Licensing Administration at our Palmerston North Office.

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