When you apply for each stage of your licence, you'll need to show acceptable evidence of your identity.
You must present:
|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 2 years. All other documents 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
If neither document contains a photo, you must also provide a passport-style photograph signed by an identity referee.
Identification - more information about evidence of identity.
If your name has changed from the name on your driver licence or on either of your 2 forms of identification, you’ll need to provide one of the following documents as proof of your name change. They must be original and issued in New Zealand.
You need to prove that your eyesight is up to standard when you apply for each stage.
To do this, you can:
The certificate must be issued by a New Zealand registered optometrist or health practitioner. This could be your doctor (GP), a registered nurse or nurse practitioner, or a specialist. If you don’t pass the eyesight check at an agent, you’ll need to provide a certificate instead.
Sight in only one eye can affect your ability to judge distance. If you can only see out of one eye, or only have one eye, you must present an acceptable certificate.
If you don’t pass the eyesight requirements, or don’t provide an eyesight certificate before your test, you won’t be given a temporary licence – even if you pass your driving test. You’ll need to complete the eyesight requirements before your new licence can be issued.
You must be medically fit to drive.
These conditions may affect your driving:
If you don’t have any of these, you can sign a declaration stating this.
If you do have one of these conditions, you may need a medical certificate.
A medical certificate for driver licensing purposes must:
The cost of a medical certificate will vary. You’re responsible for meeting these costs.
Ask for a Medical certificate for driver licence – your health practitioner will have copies.
When you fill out your driver licence application form, you’ll be asked the following question:
Would you be willing to donate organs in the event of your death?
If you tick the Yes box, you’re showing you wish to be an organ and tissue donor, and will have the word Donor printed on your driver licence. It’s also put on your record in the driver licence database.
Your family will be asked for their agreement before organs or tissue are removed for donation, so it’s very important to discuss your decision with your family. It’s a good idea to think about organ donation before you go to the driver licensing agent.
Visit donor.co.nz (external link)or contact Organ Donation New Zealand on 0800 4 DONOR (0800 436 667) for more information.