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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 / Waikato

Big Dog Translations
Anja Welle

1 Union Street, Hamilton

| Phone: 07 855 5772
German translations only

Echo-Decypher Translation & Interpreting Services
Suzanne Freaney

Waikato Migrant Resource Centre
46G Boundary Road

| Phone: 07 7880 144 | Mobile: 027 484 0044

Julia Potapova


| Mobile: 022 189 1234
Russian translations only

Lang Translations
Sabine Lang

9 Browning Street, Cambridge 3432

| Phone: 07 827 0469
German, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Dutch translations only

Transnational NZ Ltd

Level 2, 586 Victoria Street
Hamilton Central

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

Transnational NZ Ltd

Hinemoa, Taupo

| Freephone: 0800 000 339 | Mobile: 021 056 3918
Hours: (By appointment only)