A select group of VTNZ testing stations can issue or renew Driver Licences. Please check on this website BEFORE you head in for your car licence, motorcycle licence, heavy vehicle licence, or any driver licence endorsements.
Book a theory test
You can book and sit a theory test at one of the VTNZ stations that offer Driving Licensing - please phone the station first as some VTNZ stations require drivers to come in with their documentation to make a booking for their theory tests, whereas at other stations you might be able to sit the theory test then & there, no booking required. Unfortunately if the station requires a booking, most can't accept bookings over the phone as there's documentation that we need to confirm with you in person. VTNZ can often also arrange the practical tests for you.
Please check the VTNZ station you are going to DOES carry out Driver Licensing as unfortunately many VTNZ stations cannot. We know we're labouring the point, but with so few of our stations able to do Driver Licensing, we often have to re-direct customers to another station which is very frustrating for our customers.
What are the prices for the various licences?
The prices for all licences are set by the New Zealand Government, via the NZ Transport Agency. For all information on prices, please go to this NZTA link.
When you come in, please remember to bring:
Take one of the following forms of personal identification:
- A New Zealand driver licence that is current or has expired within the last two years
- A New Zealand or overseas passport that is current or has expired within the last two years
- A full birth certificate issued in NZ, the Cook Islands, Niue or Tokelau
- A New Zealand photo firearms licence that is current or has expired within the last two years
- One of the following certificates issued under the Citizenship Act 1977:
- Certificate of NZ Citizenship
- Certificate confirming NZ Citizenship
- Certificate confirming registration of NZ Citizenship by descent
- A certificate of identity issued under the Passports Act 1992 that is current.
- A refugee travel document issued by or on behalf of the NZ Government that is current.
- A certificate of identity issued under the Immigration Act 1987 that is current.
- A NZ Police or NZ Defence Force photo-identity card issued to non-civilian staff that is current or has expired within the last two years.
If a child is named on a parent's passport: If a person is named as a child on a NZ or overseas passport, the person may present the passport they are named on plus a New Zealand secondary school or tertiary education institution record certified by a teacher.
Evidence of your address
Take one of the following forms of identification:
- An account statement from your bank, building society, credit union or credit card company, issued within the last 12 months, which has your name and address on it
- A telephone, gas, or electricity account, issued within the last six months, which has your name and address on it
- Other evidence of address issued within the last 12 months - for example:
- If you're still at school or are attending a tertiary institution, a school report or records certified by a teacher or lecturer will be accepted
- If you have no fixed abode, proof of mail being sent to a post office for collection is sufficient.
Confirmation of name change (if applicable)
If the name you want on your driver licence is different from the name on your identification or the evidence of your address, you'll need to take one of the following (these must be originals):
- Your marriage certificate
- A Dissolution of marriage order that says that the dissolution is 'decree absolute' (ie, final)
- An original document from Births, Deaths and Marriages confirming that your name has been legally changed
- A deed poll of change of name
- Other suitable identification (eg, adoption papers).
Eyesight certificate or corrective eyewear
If you don't wish to have your eyesight checked at the station, you can take a certificate from a registered optometrist or registered medical practitioner stating that your eyesight is satisfactory or that you may drive safely when using glasses or contact lenses. The certificate must be no more than 60 days old.
If you're going to be tested by us, remember to take your glasses or contact lenses, if you need to wear them for driving.
If you do not pass the eyesight check, you will need to have your eyesight checked by an optometrist or a doctor who is qualified to perform a wider range of tests, to confirm that your eyesight meets the required standard for driving.
Medical certificate (if relevant)
You must produce a medical certificate, completed by your medical practitioner, if:
- you're turning 75, 80 or an even-numbered age older than 80
- you have, or have had in the last five years, a medical condition that could adversely affect your ability to drive. The types of medical condition that may require a medical certificate include:
- visual disturbances (eg, diplopia (double vision) or cataracts)
- seizures, fits, convulsions, epilepsy
- serious injuries (eg, head or spinal injuries)
- high blood pressure
- mental illness or nervous disorders
- locomotive joint or limb problems
- cerebral vascular accidents/disease
- cognitive impairment
- any other condition that may affect your ability to drive safely
- you're renewing a Class 2, 3, 4 or 5 licence and have not presented a medical certificate in the last five years
- you're renewing a P, V, I or O endorsement and have not presented a medical certificate in the last five years
Note: If you're a driver renewing a commercial licence, you need to provide a medical certificate when you renew your licence class(es). (A medical certificate may not be required, however, if one has been supplied to the NZ Transport Agency within the past five years and any medical condition you may have has not worsened, or any new condition been diagnosed.) The requirement to provide a medical certificate when you renew a commercial licence is a road safety measure that recognises the accident risks associated with driving for extended periods and/or driving heavy vehicles. It also recognises that the public have a right to expect that drivers to whom they entrust their safety (eg, taxi drivers) are proven medically fit.
Change of address
You can update your address details online with the NZTA – this will update your driver licence details and motor vehicle details.
If you would like to contact the NZTA regarding any issues surrounding Driver Licensing please call them on 0800 822 422.