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Overseas Conversions

If you have a licence from overseas and need help preparing for the test and key differences about driving in NZ

Conversion of an overseas driver licence

If you live in NZ for more than 12 months you must convert your overseas licence.

Some countries have a similar road rules and licencing system to NZ so are exempt from sitting a theory or practical test. The exempt countries include: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the USA. 

If your licence is from a non-exempt country, you must pass a theory test and a practical driving test.

The first step to converting your non-exempt country licence is to complete a DL5 form and sit the theory test. Once you've passed the theory test, you'll get a NZ driver licence with a supervisor condition. The NZ licence over-rides your overseas driver licence, and you must only drive with a supervisor next to you in the front seat until you’ve passed your practical driving test.


Once you have a NZ driver licence with supervisor condition you can begin on the road lessons with Matthew to prepare for the practical driving test. Matthew will teach you how to pass your practical test, and help you familiarise with driving in NZ. 


Once you've passed your practical test you'll get a NZ driver licence without a supervisor condition.

Converting your licence

Check out these websites and resources to convert your licence and prepare for the theory test 

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NZTA: Converting to a NZ licence

Check the latest information on converting to a NZ Driver Licence



Prepare for your theory test with Drive Road Code

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DL5 form: Application for conversion of an
overseas driver licence

Download the application form for converting to a NZ Driver Licence

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Official NZ Road Code

Learn the official NZ Road Code to prepare for your theory test

Driving Tests

Driving Tests

Free driving theory questions to help you learn the Road Code quickly and effectively 

Official Road Code Practice Tests

Official Road Code Tests

Buy the official road code tests

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