Yes we do, you can drive in New Zealand without a New Zealand driver licence if:

  • You have a current and valid overseas licence or driver permit, and

  • You haven't been given disqualification or suspension in New Zealand

  • You came into New Zealand less than 12 months ago

  • Your overseas licence is in English, or you have an accurate translation, and you haven't been granted a New Zealand driver licence since you last entered New Zealand.


There is a time limit on how long you can drive here. You can drive for a maximum period of 12 months from the date you arrive in New Zealand. 


What vehicles can I drive on my overseas licence?

As the holder of a valid and current overseas driver licence, you are considered to hold a New Zealand driver licence of a class that allows you to drive the motor vehicles you are allowed to drive under your overseas licence. 

Example: If you have a full overseas car licence (equivalent to a New Zealand class 1), you can drive a car or light vehicle with a gross laden weight of no more than 6000kg

You cannot drive in New Zealand if:

  • Your overseas licence has expired or is suspended, revoked or disqualified in the country of issue

  • You have had a 28 day suspension, been served a suspension for demerit points or been disqualified by the courts in New Zealand

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If you have any queries regarding the type of your license please contact the team on 0800 779 779