New Zealand Embassy Paris, France

Driving in New Zealand

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The Driving in New Zealand section of the New Zealand Transport Agency website provides new residents and visitors with information about driver licence requirements, and advice on driving in New Zealand.

The 100% Pure New Zealand website also provides an overview on driving in New Zealand

Visitors and new residents must now have a driver licence that is current and valid. Non-English licence holders must carry an accurate translation or an International Driving Permit (IDP) with them. Translations are accepted from one of the following:

  • a diplomatic representative of the country that issued the licence (ie) for French licence holders, the Embassy or Consulate of France;
  • the authority that issued the licence (eg) the Préfecture de Police;
  • a recognised translation service. In France, the list of official translators can be found in every Mairie, Préfecture and Commissariat.

A current overseas driver licence (with translation or IDP, where applicable) is valid for use in New Zealand for multiple periods of up to 12 continuous months.

For more information regarding driving in New Zealand, contact New Zealand Transport Agency

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