An international driving permit (IDP) is an internationally recognised translation of your current driver licence. It is not a licence in its own right, so you must also carry your New Zealand driver licence with you when driving.
All countries have limits on how long you can use your New Zealand driver licence or IDP before you must get a local driver licence. In most countries, you’ll need to get a local licence if you are staying for over 12 months.
Contact the appropriate country’s driver licensing authority for details.
You can’t renew or upgrade your driver licence from overseas.
But you can replace your driver licence if it has been lost, misplaced or stolen.
You can also get a replacement driver licence from overseas if your licence is due to expire, or has been expired for less than 12 months, and you want to extend the expiry date.
You can apply to extend the expiry date for 12 months from the original expiry date. This can only be done once: after that, you have to renew your licence in person.
If you have a RealMe verified identity you can apply for a replacement licence online and have the licence card sent to your overseas address.
If you don’t have a RealMe verified identity, you'll need to complete an application form and send it to our Palmerston North office.
The fee for replacing your driver licence from overseas is NZ$38.20. You can either include a cheque with your application, or pay by credit card.
You will also need to include evidence of your identity.
Once you have stayed in a country longer than the time limit, or you are moving to a country permanently, you may be able to convert your New Zealand driver licence to an overseas driver licence.
Contact the appropriate country’s driver licensing authority for details. If you haven’t left New Zealand yet, you could try contacting the country’s embassy for more information.
You may need a certificate of particulars when converting to an overseas driver licence. This certificate is not a driver licence but will confirm:
You can apply for a certificate over the phone on 0800 822 422. You will need to pay the fee of $11.10 by credit card.
NZ Transport Agency
Private Bag 11777
Palmerston North 4442