The reason you need to present identification is so the Transport Agency can prevent people from getting a driver licence fraudulently.
Only certain kinds of identification and evidence of address can be used for driver licensing purposes. These are detailed below.
When making an application, you must present:
All documents must be originals. Photocopied or scanned documents are not acceptable.
|New Zealand passport*|
|New Zealand emergency travel document|
|New Zealand refugee travel document|
|New Zealand certificate of identity (issued under the Passports Act 1992)|
|New Zealand certificate of identity (issued under the Immigration Act 1987)|
|New Zealand firearms licence*|
|New Zealand full birth certificate issued on or after 1 January 1998|
|New Zealand citizenship certificate|
*These documents can be current or expired up to two years. All other documents in this table must be current.
|18+ card or Kiwi Access card|
|Community services card|
|Veteran SuperGold card|
|New Zealand student photo ID card|
|New Zealand employee photo ID card|
|New Zealand electoral roll record|
|Inland Revenue number|
|New Zealand-issued utility bill|
|Overseas driver licence|
|Steps to freedom form|
* These documents can be current or expired up to two years. All other documents must be current.
If neither document contains a photo, you must also provide a passport-style photograph signed by an identity referee. Go to www.nzta.govt.nz/identification for more information.
See Factsheet 20, identification for driver licensing for more information.
If the name you want on the back of your photo driver licence is different from the name on the driver licence register, or on either of your two forms of identity, you will need to provide one of the following documents (which must be an original) as proof of your name change. Suitable documents are:
You need to prove that your eyesight meets the required standard each time you apply:
To do this, you can:
The certificate must be issued by a New Zealand registered optometrist or
health practitioner (for example your doctor (GP), a registered nurse or nurse
practitioner, or a specialist if appropriate). If you don’t pass the eyesight check at
an agent, you’ll need to provide a certificate instead.
If you have sight in only one eye or have only one eye (monocular vision),
you must present an eyesight certificate from an optometrist or
If you don’t pass the eyesight requirements, or don’t provide an eyesight certificate prior to your test time, you will not be given a temporary licence even if you pass your driving test. You will need to complete the eyesight requirements before your new licence can be issued.
You need to present a medical certificate if you:
A medical certificate for driver licensing purposes must:
The cost of a medical certificate will vary between health practitioners. (You are responsible for meeting these costs.)
Ask for an NZ Transport Agency Medical certificate for driver licence (your health practitioner will have copies).
For many driver licensing services, you’ll need to visit a driver licensing agent.
Driver licensing agents include selected branches of:
Or you can look in your phone book for your local branch, look online, or call our contact centre on 0800 822 422.
Last updated: 1 April 2019