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If your overseas driver licence or permit isn't in English you will also need an accurate English translation.

Acceptable translation documents

If your overseas driver licence or permit isn't in English you must provide an accurate English translation when you are driving and when you want to convert your overseas licence to a New Zealand licence. The translation must be provided by:

The following documents may also be acceptable as a translation:

  • an international driving permit – issued in accordance with a United Nations Convention on road traffic
  • a translation document issued by a Notary Public Office in China.

Approved translators

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Approved translators / Canterbury

AS Translation Services
Annie Li-an Shih

32A Peer Street, Upper Riccarton, Christchurch

| Phone: 03 348 8813 | Mobile: 021 0576787

East West Promotions Ltd

17A Balgay Street, Upper Riccarton , Christchurch 8041

| Phone: 03 348 2006 | Mobile: 021 2352265 | Fax: 03 348 5266

In Other Words Translation Services
Andrea Cuadra


| Mobile: 021 025 76277

Kiwi Translation Ltd

PO Box 12075, Christchurch 8242

| Mobile: 027 286 1669

Little Kiwi Linguist

Sydenham, Christchurch

| Mobile: 021 034 4112
Visits by appointment only

MLT Translation Centre

PO Box 2765, Christchurch, Unit 9 Carlton Mews, 21 Bealey Avenue, Christchurch

| Phone: 03 377 1227

Monumental Translations International
Adriana Mendonca


| Mobile: 021 02465445
Portuguese, French and Spanish translations only

Polaris Translation & Interpreting
Marcella Selwyn


| Phone: 09 815 0401 | Mobile: 027 413 1721

Simon Purvis Translation Service

200 Trents Road, Prebbleton 7676, Christchurch

| Phone: 03 746 7114 | Mobile: 021 175 7478
Portuguese translations only

Spanish Communications Ltd

6 Buxtons Road, Lyttleton 8082

| Mobile: 022 4275 475

The Translation Service

Department of Internal Affairs, Level 1 BNZ Centre, 120 Hereford Street, Christchurch 8011

| Mobile: 0800 872 675

Transnational NZ Ltd

35B Riccarton Road, Riccarton, Christchurch

| Phone: 03 337 4410 | Freephone: 0800 000 339 | Mobile: 021 056 3918