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Eyesight requirements

This page outlines how you can prove that your eyesight meets the required standard for driving.  

You need to meet the standards for most applications

You will need to prove that your eyesight meets the required standard when you are:

  • applying for a new licence class or endorsement
  • renewing your licence
  • reinstating your licence after a disqualification or suspension
  • converting an overseas licence to a New Zealand licence.

You do not have to prove that your eyesight meets the standards when you are applying for a replacement licence, unless you want to remove an eyesight condition from your licence.

You can provide a certificate or pass a test at the agent

You can prove that your eyesight is acceptable by:

  • presenting a satisfactory eyesight certificate, or
  • presenting a satisfactory medical certificate, or
  • passing an eyesight check at a driver licensing agent.

If you try to pass the eyesight check at an agent and fail, then you will have to provide a satisfactory eyesight or medical certificate. Your application will not be completed (and you won’t get a licence) until you have provided the certificate.

You will need to prove that your eyesight meets the standards every time you renew or apply for any driver licence or endorsement.

A satisfactory certificate is no more than 60 days old

A medical or eyesight certificate must have been issued within the last 60 days for it to be acceptable. 

  • An eyesight certificate must have been issued by a New Zealand-registered optometrist or ophthalmologist.
  • A medical certificate must have been issued by a New Zealand-registered medical practitioner (doctor).

It must be the original certificate, it cannot be a copy.

If you have monocular vision, you will need a certificate

If you have sight in only one eye, or have only one eye (monocular vision) you must present an acceptable certificate. 

If you take the test in glasses, you will have a condition

If you take the eyesight check wearing glasses or contact lenses, your licence will state that you need them to drive. 

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