Kids under 7 have to be in car seats. Between 7 and 8 they have to be in a car seat if one is available.
Transfer a vehicle into your name — and check it isn’t stolen and there’s no money owing against it.
Cars, vans, motorcycles, mopeds and trucks need to be registered and issued number plates to be legally driven on our roads.
If you've bought a vehicle and something goes wrong, your rights depend on if you bought it from a motor vehicle trader or privately.
A warrant of fitness (WoF) or certificate of fitness inspection is a regular check to make sure your vehicle is safe.
You can modify, customise or retune your car, motorcycle, van or ute — but you may need a low volume vehicle (LVV) certification to get a WoF.
To be on the road legally, your car needs to have a current licence. If your vehicle runs on diesel, you'll also have to pay road user charges.
If you’re selling a vehicle it must have a warrant of fitness (WoF) issued no more than 1 month before the date you hand the vehicle over to the buyer.
For most people, your driver licence is valid for 10 years. The NZTA will send you a renewal reminder letter about 8 weeks before your photo driver licence is due to expire (if they have your current address).
Getting your car driver licence in New Zealand is a 3-step process. As you progress through the stages you gain a new licence with fewer requirements and more responsibilities.
If you lose your licence or it's been stolen, replace it as soon as you can — you can be fined for driving without it.
If you have an overseas driver licence and you’ve been in New Zealand more than a year, you need to convert to an NZ driver licence to keep driving here legally.
Visitors don’t need a New Zealand driver licence to drive in New Zealand but you must meet some conditions.
You must follow the road rules for your safety and the safety of others when you drive. If you don’t, you can be fined or have your driver licence or car taken off you.
You pay speeding tickets and Police infringement notices, for example for not wearing a seatbelt, directly to the Police.
An alcohol interlock is an electronic device that prevents you from driving if you’ve been drinking.
A SuperGold Card gives you free or cheaper public transport. If you’re ill or have trouble getting around, you can apply for help paying for taxis. Some local councils also offer transport services.
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