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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 / Otago

Raluca Ana Translations
Raluca Ana

4 Pitcairn Street, Belleknowes, Dunedin 9011

| Mobile: 021 081 79545
Romanian translations only

Sara Bollati

13a Kowhai Drive, Wanaka 9305

| Phone: 03 443 4049 | Mobile: 021 2096798

Simon Purvis Translation Service

34 Blighs Road, Strowan, Christchurch

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

Transla NZ Japanese Translation & Interpreting

30 Maybank Street, Ohopo, Dunedin 9010

| Phone: 03 476 6951 | Mobile: 027 2248 473

Transnational NZ Ltd

10 Man Street

| Freephone: 0800 000 339 | Mobile: 021 056 3918