The date your licence classes expire is shown on your licence. If you want to keep on driving after that date you'll need to renew your licence.
We’ll send you a renewal reminder letter about 6 weeks before your licence is due to expire. You can download a renewal form or get one from any driver licensing agent.
If you’re renewing your driver licence beyond your 75th birthday, you must present a medical certificate and, if recommended by your doctor, pass an on-road safety test.
By replacing or renewing your lost or stolen licence quickly, you’ll reduce the opportunity for it to be used in identity crime.
You can apply to replace your licence at a driver licensing agent, or if you have a verified RealMe identity, you may be able to apply online. If you can’t do either of these, contact us to cancel your licence.
If you hold a current and valid overseas driver licence, you may be able to drive for up to 12 months from the date you last arrived in New Zealand.
If you hold a valid overseas driver licence, you may be able to convert it to a New Zealand driver licence.
If you have a New Zealand driver licence and want to drive in other countries, an international driving permit (IDP) is recommended for most countries. Check the New Zealand Automobile Association (AA) website for an up-to-date list.
Note: an IDP isn’t a driver licence – it’s a translation of your driver licence and must be carried with your licence to drive legally in other countries. Your IDP will be valid for a maximum of one year from the date of issue. You can apply for an IDP through the AA.
Make sure you check the expiry date on your licence if you’re going to be driving overseas, because your New Zealand licence can’t be renewed from overseas.
If your licence is lost or stolen while overseas, you can apply for a replacement.