Over the last couple of months, we’ve been talking to the nice people at AA about the issues that our clients were having in getting their overseas licence converted to NZ – a requirement after a year from last entry into NZ.
Having a lawful licence is important not only for getting around the country but for employment.
With Covid, migrants in country haven’t been able to go home and return, thus not being able to restart the year of lawful driving which forced them to not drive, drive unlawfully or convert to an NZ driver licence. The latter was what resulted in the government making these changes because the conversion offices couldn’t keep up with demand and provide people with their hard copy restricted or full licence without significant delays.
We are pleased to let you know that in a stressful year, there will be one less stress…NZTA have temporarily extended that year period to 2 years (24 months) up until March 2022.
There are caveats:
- this is only for people who have arrived between 1 January 2019 and 18 December 2020
- your licence must not be expired or disqualified/revoked or suspended in your country or in NZ
- you must not have been given a NZ driver licence since your last entry into New Zealand, specifically:
- if you passed the NZ theory test prior to 18 December 2020, you aren’t able to drive on your overseas licence and must adhere to the conditions of the NZ licence (e.g., driving with Supervision until you pass the practical)
If you have more questions, you can find the official information here