Renew your driver licence
You have to renew your licence every 10 years until you’re 75. After you're 75, you have to renew more regularly and may need to pass extra tests.
Step 1 Check the requirements
Check with the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) for updates on COVID-19 and available NZTA and agent services.
Everyone has to pass an eyesight test and prove they’re medically fit to drive.
If your licence expired more than 5 years ago
You may have to pass theory and practical tests again.
If you’re 64 or older
There are different conditions once you reach 64 years old.
If you are over 75, you need to bring a medical certificate.
If you’re renewing a learner or restricted car licence, or motorcycle licence
If your learner or restricted licence was obtained or last renewed before 1 December 2014:
- you can renew it at any time. However, your new licence will only be issued for 5 years.
If your 5-year learner or restricted car or motorcycle licence was obtained or last renewed on or after 1 December 2014:
- you can renew it up to 90 days before it expires. You will need to pass another theory test and your new licence will be issued for a further 5 years.
If you’re changing a paper licence to a photo driver licence
It will have been expired for more than 5 years. You need to requalify and apply for reissue of your licence.
You may have an automatic 2-year extension on your learner or restricted licence
If you hold a current 5-year learner or restricted car or motorbike licence that was issued from 1 December 2014 and expires before 2 December 2021:
- you have an automatic 2-year extension. You won’t have to renew your licence until the end of that 2-year period.
The extension gives you more time to progress to the next level of licence.
Step 2 Check the costs
Licence renewal costs
The cost of renewing your licence or endorsement can depend on:
- the type of licence
- your age
- how long you renew your licence for
- if a medical certificate is required
- the type of licence endorsement.
Check the current prices on the NZTA website.
Step 3 Get your ID ready
- your NZ driver licence (can be current or expired up to 2 years), or
- your current NZ passport.
If you don’t have your NZ driver licence or your NZ passport has expired
You need to provide 2 other documents. One of the documents must have your photo.
Step 4 Apply for renewal
Complete the application
Download and print: Application for issue or renewal of driver licence
Or pick up a form from a licensing agent: Find a driver licensing agent
Submit your application
Take the form, your identity documents and the fee to a driver licensing agent.
Once approved, you get a temporary licence which is valid for 21 days. Your new driver licence will be mailed to you within 2 to 3 weeks.
If you’re over 75 and need to take an on-road safety test
You have to visit a driver licencing agent to book the test.
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