Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Rule 1999

Reprint as at 1 December 2014

Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Rule 1999

(SR 1999/100)


Note

Changes authorised by subpart 2 of Part 2 of the Legislation Act 2012 have been made in this official reprint.

Note 4 at the end of this reprint provides a list of the amendments incorporated.

This rule is administered by the Ministry of Transport.


Pursuant to the Land Transport Act 1998, the Minister of Transport makes the following ordinary rule.

Contents

Part 1
Preliminary provisions

1 Title and commencement

2 Interpretation

3 Objective of rule

4 Consultation

5 Application

5A Transitional, savings, and related provisions

6 Restrictions on granting of exemptions by Director [Revoked]

Part 2
Classification of driver licences and endorsements

7 Classes of licences

8 Types of endorsements

Part 3
General provisions relating to applications

9 Manner of lodging application for driver licence, endorsement, or driver identification card

10 Content of application

11 Identification: application in person

11A Identification: application online

12 Images on driver licences and driver identification cards

12A Statements in applications made online

13 Eyesight test

14 Fees

Part 4
Learner licences, restricted licences, and full licences

Learner licences

15 Obtaining learner licence

16 Conditions of learner licence

Restricted licences

17 Obtaining restricted licence

18 Conditions of restricted licence

Full licences

19 Obtaining full licence

Part 4A
Accelerated licensing process

19A Interpretation

19B Accelerated licensing process: who may apply

19C Form of application

19D Approval to take part in accelerated licensing process

19E Revocation of approval

Stage 1: Preliminary assessment

19F Notice of approval to commence stage 1

19G Stage 1: preliminary assessment

Stage 2: Supervised driving with conditions and assessment

19H Stage 2: supervised driving with conditions

19I Application to undertake stage 2 assessment

19J Stage 2 assessment

Stage 3: Unsupervised driving with conditions and assessment

19K Stage 3: unsupervised driving with conditions

Exit assessment and obtaining Class 4 or Class 5 licence

19L Application to undertake exit assessment

19M Exit assessment

19N Obtaining Class 4 or Class 5 licence

Part 5
Endorsements

Dangerous goods (D) endorsement

20 When dangerous goods endorsement required

21 Obtaining dangerous goods endorsement

Driving instructor (I) endorsement

22 When driving instructor endorsement required

23 Obtaining driving instructor endorsement

24 Vehicles in which driving instructor endorsement authorises instruction

25 Holder of driving instructor endorsement must retain records of instruction provided and comply with requirements arising out of audits

Passenger (P) endorsement

26 When passenger endorsement required

27 Obtaining passenger endorsement

Forklift, roller, tracks, and wheels (special-type vehicle F, R, T and W) endorsements

28 When special-type vehicle endorsement required

29 Obtaining special-type endorsement

Testing officer (O) endorsement

30 When testing officer endorsement required

31 Obtaining testing officer endorsement

32 Holder of testing officer endorsement must retain records of driver testing undertaken and comply with requirements arising out of audits

Vehicle recovery (V) endorsement

33 When vehicle recovery endorsement required

34 Obtaining vehicle recovery endorsement

35 Criteria and procedure in relation to fit and proper person test

Part 6
Driver identification cards

36 Application for driver identification card

Driver identification card property of Agency

37 Driver identification card property of Agency

Part 7
Medical fitness

38 Eyesight testing

39 Medical declaration

40 Special medical examination

41 Requirements of medical examination

42 Powers of Agency

43 Advice of right to appeal

General provision about medical certificates

[Revoked]

44 Medical certificates

44A Obligations of person who issues medical certificate

44B Applicants may be referred for on-road safety test

Part 8
Theory and practical tests for driver licences

Theory tests

45 Theory tests required

46 Standard for passing theory test

47 Theory test to be conducted by licensing agent or testing officer

Practical driving tests

48 Practical skills tests required

49 On-road safety test

49A Transitional provision for applicants 80 years and over applying for driver licence

50 Practical driving test not to be completed using certain vehicles

51 Standard for passing practical test

52 Persons who may conduct practical driving tests

52A Practical driving test may be terminated

Applicant for more than 1 class of licence

53 Applicant for more than 1 class of licence

Certification test for testing officer

54 Certification test for testing officer

Person taking test must produce identification

55 Person taking test must produce identification

Part 9
Conditions relating to driver licences and endorsements

56 Conditions relating to physical disability

57 Condition imposed on Class 1R licence in relation to driving motor vehicle with automatic transmission

57A Transitional provision for condition relating to automatic transmission vehicle

58 Removal of condition relating to automatic transmission

59 Condition relating to automatic transmission not to apply in certain circumstances

Part 10
Period of validity of driver licences and endorsements

60 Period of validity of driver licence

61 Period of validity of endorsement

Part 11
Format of driver licences, driver identification cards, and L (learner) plates

62 Features to verify and protect licence integrity

63 Form of driver licence

64 Form of temporary driver licence

65 Form of driver identification card

66 Form of L plate

Part 12
Renewal, replacement, and reinstatement of driver licences and endorsements

Renewal of driver licence

67 Renewal of driver licence

67A Reinstatement of driver licence with respect to those who have been disqualified for more than 12 months after end of disqualification

67B Reinstatement of driver licence after end of suspension for any period (other than under section 95 of Act) or disqualification for a period of not more than 12 months

67C Reinstatement of driver licence when there is no alcohol interlock licence or zero alcohol licence in force

68 Special provision relating to person who is overseas, or in prison or hospital [Revoked]

Renewal of endorsement

69 Renewal of endorsement

70 Renewal of passenger, vehicle recovery, driving instructor, testing officer, or dangerous goods endorsement

71 Renewal of special-type endorsement

72 Special provision relating to person overseas, or in prison or hospital [Revoked]

73 Renewal of driver identification card

Replacement of driver licence or driver identification card

74 Replacement of driver licence or driver identification card if lost, stolen, etc

75 Replacement of driver licence or driver identification card if surrendered

76 Discovery of replaced licence or driver identification card

Part 13
Suspension, revocation, and surrender of driver licences or endorsements

77 Requirements for tests, medical examinations, and approved courses

78 Requirement to be in notice

79 Obligations on person required to undertake test or medical examination, or complete approved course

Suspension of driver licences and endorsements

80 Suspending driver licence for medical reasons

81 Suspension of endorsements

Revocation of driver licences and endorsements

82 Revocation of driver licence or endorsement

83 Suspension and revocation of endorsements

Surrender of certain documents

84 Surrender of driver identification card that has been suspended or revoked

85 Voluntary surrender of driver licence or endorsement

85A Reinstatement of surrendered driver licence or endorsement

Replacement driver licence or endorsement

86 Replacement of driver licence or endorsement revoked on medical grounds

87 Licence may not be renewed while licence suspended or holder disqualified

Part 14
Recognition of overseas licences and licensing of drivers from overseas

88 Recognition of overseas driver licence or permit

88A Recognition of overseas agricultural motor vehicle licence or permit

Overseas driver licence conversion

89 Obtaining New Zealand driver licence

89A Requirements not applying to overseas drivers

90 New Zealand driver licence may be subject to learner or restricted conditions

91 Requirements for diplomatic and consular personnel

92 Obtaining International Driving Permit

Part 15
Approval of courses and course providers

Approval of courses

93 Agency may approve courses

94 Requirements for approval of course

95 Application for approval of course

96 Approval of course

97 Agency may consent to modification of course

98 Agency may revoke course approval

Approval of course providers

99 Agency may approve course providers

100 Requirements for approval as course provider

101 Application for approval as course provider

102 Approval as course provider

103 Agency may revoke or suspend approval of course provider

Part 16
Miscellaneous provisions relating to responsibilities of drivers

104 Prohibition on display of L plate except in appropriate circumstances

105 Prohibition on defacing, etc, driver licence or driver identification card

Part 17
Transitional provisions

Driver licences continued in force by section 23(4) of Act

106 Equivalent class or type of driver licences and endorsements

107 Holder of certificate of approval or provisional certificate of approval as driving instructor

108 Holder of approval as testing officer

109 Holder of hazardous substances endorsement

110 Forklift drivers

111 Conditions continue in force

112 Expiry of driver licences, etc

113 Obtaining new driver licence

114 Additional requirements relating to issue of passenger endorsements

115 Additional requirements relating to issue of vehicle recovery endorsement

116 Person holding more than 1 class of licence

117 Person issued with learner or restricted licence

118 Provision relating to time for which licence held

Period of validity of licences and endorsements issued under this Part

119 Period of validity of licences issued under this Part [Revoked]

120 Period of validity of endorsements issued under this Part

Transitional provision relating to driver licences expired, suspended, etc, when rule comes into force

121 Person disqualified or holding expired or suspended driver licence not required to have held learner or restricted licence

Transitional provision relating to renewal of P, I, O, and V endorsement

122 P, I, O, and V endorsements may be re-issued for 12 months

Schedule 1
Objective of the rule

Schedule 2
Consultation carried out under section 161(2) of the Act

Schedule 2A
Transitional, savings, and related provisions

Schedule 3
Classes of driver licence

Schedule 4
Types of licence endorsement

Schedule 5
Theory tests

[Revoked]

Schedule 6
Practical driving tests

[Revoked]

Schedule 7
Certification test for testing officer

[Revoked]

Schedule 7A
Countries from which holders of driver licence or permit not required to sit theory test for Class 1 or 6 licence

Schedule 8
Countries from which holders of driver licence or permit not required to sit practical driving test

Schedule 9
Evidence of identity

Gazette information

Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011

Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule (No 2) 2013

Reprint notes