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What documents are eligible for the temporary extension?

Temporary extensions apply to the following documents that expire during the period of 21 July 2021 to 30 November 2021:

  • WoFs/CoFs
  • Other vehicle certifications including entry certificates, alternative fuel inspection certificates, authorisations of vehicles with conditions, and heavy vehicle specialist certifications of towing connections and log bolster attachments
  • All vehicle licenses (regos)
  • Driver licences
  • Driver licence endorsements.

Information about the temporary extensions in place

Why was 21 July 2021 chosen as the cut-off expiry date?

21 July 2021 was chosen because it provides a brief grace period for people who were unable to renew documents shortly before the COVID-19 restrictions.

The Government considers that it is appropriate to allow some vehicles and drivers to use the road network who might not otherwise be able. This is because the response to COVID-19 means that the public does not have access to the services necessary to enable them to comply with the law. It recognises that they may still need access to a private vehicle, which is regarded as a critical lifeline at this time, and this should be without fear of committing an offence.

If your transport documents expired before 21 July 2021 and you have not renewed these yet, you are encouraged to do so as soon as possible.

Why is the extension until the end of November 2021?

The date for the extension was chosen to provide a reasonable amount of time for people to get their transport documents renewed, noting that under Alert Level 3 people are able to get their WoFs and CoFs renewed, and vehicle licences can be renewed online.

Will I receive a fine if my documents show as expired?

The NZ Police will continue to ensure drivers are acting safely and with care on the roads. Police have indicated it will continue to enforce these requirements. However, the Police’s interest is ensuring the safety of anyone traveling for permitted movement, not in issuing infringement notices.

Enforcement agents (local councils and NZ Police) are aware that documents that expire 21 July to 30 November 2021 are temporarily extended.

Will this allow people who have had their licence disqualified to drive legally or vehicles that have been ordered off the road to be used?

No. All existing licence suspensions, disqualifications and revocations for driver licences and all prohibitions on operating a vehicle issued by NZ Police will continue to apply.

Does this mean people who received an infringement for operating a vehicle before the extension came into effect do not have to pay this?

No. The extension is not retrospective and does not address any previous infringements. It only addresses travel that happens after it comes into effect.

If a person was issued an infringement notice for any of these offences after Alert Level 4 was declared but before the extension came into effect, they should contact NZ Police. NZ Police have discretion to waive infringements before they are paid.

How many documents were due to expire?

Waka Kotahi data indicates that around 3.4 million driver licences and vehicle certification documents would expire between 21 July 2021 (three weeks before Alert Level 4) and 30 November 2021 (three months after the country, south of Auckland, moved to AL3).

This includes:

  • 1.7 million WoFs and CoFs
  • 1.5 million vehicle licences (regos)
  • 90,000 driver licences.