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When do I have to get my licence renewed by?

If your driver licence or driver endorsement expired between 21 July 2021 and 31 May 2022, it should have been renewed by 31 May 2022 when temporary extensions ended. If your licence is not renewed yet, you won’t be able to continue driving until it is. You are encouraged to visit a licensing agent as soon as you can as they are open. Remember to bring all necessary and valid documents with you and please be patient as licensing agents may be experiencing longer wait times.

Driver licensing agents are following the guidelines set out in the traffic light system, including continued 1m distancing. Use of face coverings is mandatory. We recommend you check the requirements of the driver licensing agent before you arrive.

Police officers will take the action they deem most appropriate for the situation most likely to lead to road safety, whether it’s education, compliance, or enforcement. If your driver licence/endorsement wasn't renewed by 31 May 2022 you face the possibility of receiving an infringement for having expired driver licensing documents outside of the extension period. Drivers are encouraged to ensure their driver licensing documents are in order.

If any other issues require your driver licence to be taken from you, this is at Police discretion.

Is driver testing operating under the traffic light system?

Yes it is. Driver licensing agents are following the guidelines set out in the traffic light system, including continued 1m distancing. Use of face coverings is mandatory. We recommend you check the requirements of the driver licensing agent before you arrive.

Vaccine passes are no longer required for those taking a practical driving test. VTNZ are adhering to other strict health and safety procedures. This includes the continued use of facemasks for driver testing officers, applicants, and support people. 

Those with facemask exemptions will need to contact VTNZ so further protection procedures can be put in place, email dtexemptions@vtnz.co.nz

More information is available for customers on the VTNZ website(external link)

Can I sit my practical driver test if I don’t have a Vaccine Pass?

Vaccine passes are no longer required for those taking a practical driving test. VTNZ are adhering to other strict health and safety procedures. This includes the continued use of facemasks for driver testing officers, applicants, and support people. 

Those with facemask exemptions will need to contact VTNZ so further protection procedures can be put in place, email dtexemptions@vtnz.co.nz

More information is available for customers on the VTNZ website(external link)

My driver licence/endorsement has or is about to expire, can I still drive?

We encourage you to renew your driver licence or endorsement as soon as possible as driver licensing agents are open. We recommend you visit soon to help avoid longer wait times at the agent counter. Please ensure you take the correct documents required with you.

If your licence or endorsement expires, you won’t be able to continue driving until it is renewed.

Driver licensing agents are following the guidelines set out in the traffic light system, including continued 1m distancing. Use of face coverings is mandatory. We recommend you check the requirements of the driver licensing agent before you arrive.

Information about the temporary extensions in place

Government COVID-19 information(external link)

Are driver licensing agents open to everyone under the Protection Framework (traffic light system)?

Driver licensing agents are following the guidelines set out in the traffic light system, including continued 1m distancing. Use of face coverings is mandatory. We recommend you check the requirements of the driver licensing agent before you arrive.

Vaccine passes are no longer required for those taking a practical driving test. VTNZ are adhering to other strict health and safety procedures. This includes the continued use of facemasks for driver testing officers, applicants, and support people. 

Those with facemask exemptions will need to contact VTNZ so further protection procedures can be put in place, email dtexemptions@vtnz.co.nz

More information is available for customers on the VTNZ website(external link)

How do I renew my small or large P or D endorsement, if it has expired or is about to expire?

If your driver endorsement expired between 21 July 2021 and 31 May 2022, it should have been renewed by 31 May 2022 when temporary extensions ended. If your licence is not renewed yet, you won’t be able to continue driving until it is. You are encouraged to visit a licensing agent as soon as you can as they are open. Remember to bring all necessary and valid documents with you and please be patient as licensing agents may be experiencing longer wait times.

Driver licensing agents are following the guidelines set out in the traffic light system, including continued 1m distancing. Use of face coverings is mandatory. We recommend you check the requirements of the driver licensing agent before you arrive.

Information about the temporary extensions in place

Can I get a medical certificate without visiting my GP?

If you’re unable to visit your doctor or get an appointment, please be aware that medical certificates for driving may not require a physical consultation. This means you may be able to arrange for a certificate via a phone consultation. However, this is at the discretion of your doctor who will consider your individual situation.

I have my driver test scheduled but my driver license has or is about to expire. What do I do?

If your driver licence expired between 21 July 2021 and 31 May 2022, it should have been renewed by 31 May 2022 when temporary extensions ended. If your licence is not renewed yet, you won’t be able to sit your driver test until it is. You are encouraged to visit a licensing agent as soon as you can as they are open. Remember to bring all necessary and valid documents with you and please be patient as licensing agents may be experiencing longer wait times.

Driver licensing agents are following the guidelines set out in the traffic light system, including continued 1m distancing. Use of face coverings is mandatory. We recommend you check the requirements of the driver licensing agent before you arrive.

Vaccine passes are no longer required for those taking a practical driving test. VTNZ are adhering to other strict health and safety procedures. This includes the continued use of facemasks for driver testing officers, applicants, and support people

Those with facemask exemptions will need to contact VTNZ so further protection procedures can be put in place, email dtexemptions@vtnz.co.nz

More information is available for customers on the VTNZ website(external link)

Will the Police give me a fine or take my driver licence card from me if it shows as expired?

If your driver licence or driver endorsement expired between 21 July 2021 and 31 May 2022, it should have been renewed by 31 May 2022 when temporary extensions ended. If your licence is not renewed yet, you won’t be able to continue driving until it is. You are encouraged to visit a licensing agent as soon as you can as they are open. Remember to bring all necessary and valid documents with you and please be patient as licensing agents may be experiencing longer wait times.

Driver licensing agents are following the guidelines set out in the traffic light system, including continued 1m distancing. Use of face coverings is mandatory. We recommend you check the requirements of the driver licensing agent before you arrive.

Police officers will take the action they deem most appropriate for the situation most likely to lead to road safety, whether it’s education, compliance, or enforcement. If your driver licence/endorsement wasn't renewed by 31 May 2022 you face the possibility of receiving an infringement for having expired driver licensing documents outside of the extension period. Drivers are encouraged to ensure their driver licensing documents are in order.

If any other issues require your driver licence to be taken from you, this is at Police discretion.

I’ve got a time limited licence. I couldn’t book a theory or practical test before it expired, what do I do?

If you are ready to progress to the next stage of your licence, you need to book a practical test as early as possible to secure a time. From 1 December 2021 when you renew your learner or restricted licence you won’t have to sit a theory test and it will be valid for 10 years. You can also renew your licence whenever you like instead of having to wait until 90 days before it expires.

Driver licensing agents are following the guidelines set out in the traffic light system, including continued 1m distancing. Use of face coverings is mandatory. We recommend you check the requirements of the driver licensing agent before you arrive.

Vaccine passes are no longer required for those taking a practical driving test. VTNZ are adhering to other strict health and safety procedures. This includes the continued use of facemasks for driver testing officers, applicants, and support people. 

Those with facemask exemptions will need to contact VTNZ so further protection procedures can be put in place, email dtexemptions@vtnz.co.nz

More information is available for customers on the VTNZ website(external link)