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New residents and visitors – driving in New Zealand (Factsheet 56)

Published: | Category: Driver licensing , Factsheets | Audience: Visitors & new residents

This factsheet is for new residents and visitors to New Zealand who only hold an overseas licence and provides information relating to your eligibility to drive in New Zealand, how to get a New Zealand driver licence, and other information relating to driving in New Zealand.

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Due to the closure of international borders as a result of COVID-19, many people on overseas licences are unable to leave New Zealand and are fast approaching the end of their 12-month period of being able to drive on their overseas licence.

Because of this, the rules around the eligibility period for driving in New Zealand on an overseas driver licence have been temporarily changed.

The temporary extended period for driving on an overseas licence is up to a maximum of 24 months after arrival and will expire on 31 March 2022. At that time the eligibility period will then revert to 12 months.

Extension of timeframes to use an overseas driver licence in New Zealand

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  • Published: December 2020
  • Also known as: Factsheet 56