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Do I need a New Zealand driver’s license?

You can use your overseas or international driver's license for up to 12 months in New Zealand.

After a year, you'll need to apply for a New Zealand driver's license.

Depending on the country you're from, you'll have to pass an eyesight test and/or a theory and practical test.

For information on applications and the licensing process, you should contact New Zealand Transport Agency which administers drivers licensing in New Zealand.

New Zealand Transport Agency

Check out New Zealand Transport Agency's Fact Sheet for new residents and visitors.

Factsheet for new residents and visitors - driving in New Zealand

Also visit the transportation page for more information on how to get around New Zealand.

Transport in New Zealand