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Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Rule 1999

Published: | Category: Driver licensing , Land transport rules | Audience: General

This rule specifies the requirements for obtaining and renewing a driver licence or licence endorsement in New Zealand. It also specifies the requirements for driver licensing service providers.

Rule versions

  • The ‘Current rule’ will give you the most up-to-date version of the Rule and any amendments made to it. We recommend this as your reference point if you want to read the most current information.
  • The ‘Original rule and amendments’ will give you the very first version of the rule (as it was when it was first created) as well as links to all amendments made to it over time. We recommend this page as your reference page if you want to research the history of the rule.

Note: Both of these pages will also provide links to the consultation material – such as summary of submissions and FAQs (questions and answers) – for each version and amendment.

Questions and answers

Questions and answers are provided to accompany a new rule or amendment when they are signed. These and other consultation documents on this page have not been updated to take into account any later rule amendments and are retained for historic interest only.

Publication details

  • Author:
  • Published: 3 May 1999
  • Reference: Rule 91001
  • Also known as: Driver Licensing Rule

Current rule

  1. Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Rule 1999 (latest)(external link)
  2. Preface to Consolidation [PDF, 324 KB]
  3. Incorporated by reference


Class exemptions

Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Rule 1999: Latitude Data Breach – Easier Replacement of Compromised Driver Licence Class Exemption Notice 2023 No. 2

A temporary class exemption applies to any holder of a current photo driver licence who has been advised by Latitude Financial Services (or a subsidiary) that an image of, or details from, that photo driver licence retained by Latitude (or a subsidiary) has been illegally taken by an unknown third party (the Latitude data breach).

Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Rule 1999: Recovery Visa Special-type Vehicle Endorsements Class Exemption Notice 2023

Weather events in the North Island in January and February 2023 (especially Cyclone Gabrielle) caused widespread damage in Northern and Eastern regions of the North Island. The purpose of this 12-month class exemption is to support the recovery work by allowing Recovery Visa holders to drive special-type vehicles without requiring those drivers to hold the relevant endorsements or to convert their overseas licence to a New Zealand licence.