Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Rule 1999

Reprint
as at 1 December 2014

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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


Rule

Part 1
Preliminary provisions

1 Title and commencement
  • (1) This rule may be cited as the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Rule 1999.

    (2) This rule is the Land Transport Rule 91001.

    (3) This rule comes into force on 3 May 1999.

2 Interpretation
  • (1) In this rule, unless the context otherwise requires,—

    accurate English translation, in relation to a valid driver licence or permit issued overseas, means a translation prepared by—

    • (a) a diplomatic representative at a high commission, embassy, or consulate; or

    • (b) the overseas issuing authority; or

    • (c) a translation service acceptable to the Agency

    Agency means the New Zealand Transport Agency established under section 93 of the Land Transport Management Act 2003

    agricultural motor vehicle

    • (a) means a vehicle that is designed, constructed, or adapted for agricultural purposes; and

    • (b) includes—

      • (i) an agricultural tractor; and

      • (ii) an agricultural trailer; but

    • (c) does not include any vehicle that is—

      • (i) of a class specified in Table A of Part 2 of the Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Standards Compliance 2002; and

      • (ii) designed or constructed for general road use

    agricultural purpose

    • (a) includes—

      • (i) land cultivation:

      • (ii) growing and harvesting crops (including horticulture and viticulture):

      • (iii) rearing livestock:

      • (iv) any land management operation undertaken in connection with—

        • (A) the operation or management of a farm; or

        • (B) a purpose described in subparagraphs (i) to (iii); but

    • (b) does not include forestry, or any land management operation not referred to in paragraph (a)(iv)

    agricultural tractor means a vehicle that is designed and constructed principally for the purposes of—

    • (a) towing an agricultural trailer; or

    • (b) drawing, or powering, an implement ordinarily used for an agricultural purpose

    agricultural trailer

    • (a) means a trailer that is used principally for agricultural purposes; and

    • (b) includes a wheeled agricultural implement, the wheels of which are in contact with the road when the implement is being towed; but

    • (c) does not include—

      • (i) a trailer that is—

        • (A) designed principally for the carriage of goods; and

        • (B) operated at a speed exceeding 40 kph; or

      • (ii) a logging trailer

    all-terrain vehicle means a vehicle (with or without motorcycle controls and equipment) that—

    • (a) is principally designed for off-road use; and

    • (b) has 3 or more wheels; and

    • (c) has an engine capacity exceeding 50 ml; and

    • (d) has a gross weight of less than 1 000 kg

    ambulance means a motor vehicle designed and used principally for the carriage of sick or injured persons

    approved course means a course approved under clause 96

    approved motorcycle means the make and model of any motorcycle that—

    • (a) has an engine capacity of 250 cc or less, unless the Agency has prohibited the use of that make and model of motorcycle by notice published on the Agency's Internet site; or

    • (b) has an engine capacity of more than 250 cc but not more than 660 cc and a power-to-weight ratio of not more than 150 kilowatts per tonne and is approved for use by the Agency by notice published on the Agency's Internet site

    articulated bus means a bus consisting of 2 or more rigid sections that—

    • (a) articulate relative to each other; and

    • (b) have interconnecting passenger compartments that allow passengers to move freely between them; and

    • (c) are not easily detachable from each other without specialist equipment

    Authority means the Agency established by section 66 of the Land Transport Management Act 2003

    class, in relation to a driver licence, means a class of licence specified in Schedule 3

    combination vehicle means any motor vehicle (other than a special-type vehicle) with a trailer attached or that has any pivot points to allow any part of the chassis of the vehicle to move or rotate in relation to any other part of the chassis of the vehicle

    correcting lenses includes glasses, contact lenses, and other aids to vision worn by a person

    country includes a State, territory, province, or other part of a country

    course provider means an individual or an organisation approved under this rule to provide a course that has been approved under this rule

    dangerous goods means goods declared to be dangerous goods in Land Transport Rule: Dangerous Goods 2005

    dependant means—

    • (a) a child who ordinarily resides with a licence holder or a licence holder's spouse or partner and—

      • (i) whose care is primarily the responsibility of the licence holder or the licence holder's spouse or partner; and

      • (ii) who is being maintained as a member of the licence holder's family; and

      • (iii) who is financially dependent on the licence holder or the licence holder's spouse or partner; and

      • (iv) who is not a person in respect of whom payments are being made under section 363 of the Children, Young Persons, and their Families Act 1989; or

    • (b) a relative of the licence holder (other than a child to whom paragraph (a) applies or the spouse or partner of the licence holder) by blood, marriage, civil union, or adoption who ordinarily resides with the licence holder, and who receives a social security benefit under the Social Security Act 1964; or

    • (c) any other person not covered by paragraphs (a) or (b) for whom the licence holder is the primary caregiver

    driver identification card means a card issued under the regulations or the rules made under the Act

    endorsement means an endorsement specified in Schedule 4

    forklift means a motor vehicle (not being fitted with self-laying tracks) designed principally to lift, carry, or stack goods by means of 1 or more tines, platens, clamps, or other similar attachments

    full licence means a driver licence of any class that is not subject to the conditions of a learner licence or a restricted licence

    gross combined weight means the aggregate of the gross laden weights of the vehicles that make up a combination vehicle

    gross laden weight, in relation to a motor vehicle, means—

    • (a) the greatest of the following weights:

      • (i) a weight specified (subsequent to the latest modification specified, if any) as the gross laden weight of the vehicle by the manufacturer of the vehicle:

      • (ii) a weight specified as the gross laden weight of the vehicle, or of a vehicle of that kind, by or under regulations or rules made under the Act:

      • (iii) the weight of the vehicle, together with the load that the vehicle is for the time being carrying, including equipment and accessories:

    • (b) if evidence is adduced in respect of any but not all of the 3 weights referred to in paragraph (a), the greater of the weights, or (as the case may be) the only weight, in respect of which evidence is adduced:

    • (c) if evidence is not adduced in respect of any of the weights referred to in paragraph (a), the total of the unladen weight of the vehicle and the weight of the maximum load that the vehicle may safely carry

    guardian has the same meaning as in section 15 of the Care of Children Act 2004

    highest class, in relation to a driver licence, means the licence class with the highest number, other than Class 6, as set out in Schedule 3

    L, when following a licence class number, is an abbreviation for a learner licence

    large passenger service vehicle means any passenger service vehicle other than a small passenger service vehicle

    learner licence means a learner driver licence issued under Part 4

    licensing agent means the Agency or a person to whom the Agency has delegated functions and powers under section 73(1) of the Crown Entities Act 2004 in relation to the issuing, renewal, and replacement of driver licences

    light trailer means a trailer whose gross laden weight does not exceed 3 500 kg

    medical practitioner means a health practitioner who is, or is deemed to be, registered with the Medical Council of New Zealand continued by section 114(1)(a) of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 as a practitioner of the profession of medicine

    mobility device means—

    • (a) a vehicle that—

      • (i) is designed and constructed (not merely adapted) for use by persons who require mobility assistance due to a physical or neurological impairment; and

      • (ii) is powered solely by a motor that has a maximum power output not exceeding 1 500 W; or

    • (b) a vehicle that the Agency has declared under section 168A(1) of the Land Transport Act 1998 to be a mobility device

    moped has the same meaning as in section 2(1) of the Land Transport Act 1998

    motor vehicle

    • (a) means a vehicle drawn or propelled by mechanical power; and

    • (b) includes a trailer; but

    • (c) does not include—

      • (i) a vehicle running on rails; or

      • (ii) [Revoked]

      • (iii) a trailer (other than a trailer designed solely for the carriage of goods) that is designed and used exclusively as part of the armament of the New Zealand Defence Force; or

      • (iv) a trailer running on 1 wheel and designed exclusively as a speed measuring device or for testing the wear of vehicle tyres; or

      • (v) a vehicle designed for amusement purposes and used exclusively within a place of recreation, amusement, or entertainment to which the public does not have access with motor vehicles; or

      • (vi) a pedestrian-controlled machine; or

      • (vii) a vehicle that the Agency has declared is not a motor vehicle under section 168A of the Land Transport Act 1998; or

      • (viii) a mobility device

    motorcycle

    • (a) means a motor vehicle running on 2 wheels, or not more than 3 wheels when fitted with a sidecar; and

    • (b) includes a vehicle with motorcycle controls that is approved as a motorcycle by the Agency; but

    • (c) does not include a moped

    national register of driver licences means the register maintained by the Authority under section 199 of the Act

    occupational therapist means a health practitioner who is, or is deemed to be, registered with the Occupational Therapy Board continued by section 114(1)(a) of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 as a practitioner of the profession of occupational therapy

    on-road safety test means the test specified in clause 49

    optometrist means a health practitioner who is, or is deemed to be, registered with the Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians Board continued by section 114(1)(a) of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 as a practitioner of the profession of optometry

    parent has the same meaning as in section 2(1) of the Children, Young Persons, and Their Families Act 1989

    partner, in the phrase spouse or partner and in related contexts, means a civil union partner or a de facto partner

    passenger service means, subject to section 47 of the Transport Services Licensing Act 1989,—

    • (a) the carriage of passengers on any road for hire or reward by means of a motor vehicle; and includes the letting on hire of a vehicle by a person who drives the vehicle or provides a driver for the vehicle if, during the hiring, the vehicle is used for the carriage of passengers; and

    • (b) the carriage of passengers on any road, whether or not for hire or reward, by means of a large passenger service vehicle;—

    but does not include any service specified as an exempt service in the Act or in regulations or rules made under the Act

    passenger service vehicle means a vehicle used or available for use in a passenger service for the carriage of passengers; but does not include a vehicle specified as an exempt vehicle in the Act or in regulations or rules made under the Act

    pivot steer vehicle means a vehicle with a chassis that is split into 2 dependent parts connected by a permanent steering pivot

    R, when following a licence class number, is an abbreviation for a restricted licence

    registered health professional means a health practitioner who is, or is deemed to be, registered with an authority established or continued by section 114 of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 as a practitioner of a particular health profession

    restricted licence means a restricted driver licence issued under Part 4

    rigid vehicle means a vehicle that does not have any pivot points to allow any part of the chassis of the vehicle to move or rotate in relation to any other part of the chassis of the vehicle; and includes an articulated bus and a pivot steer vehicle

    road includes—

    • (a) a street; and

    • (b) a motorway; and

    • (c) a beach; and

    • (d) a place to which the public have access, whether as of right or not; and

    • (e) all bridges, culverts, ferries, and fords forming part of a road or street or motorway, or a place referred to in paragraph (d); and

    • (f) all sites at which vehicles may be weighed for the purposes of the Act or any other enactment

    small passenger service vehicle means any passenger service vehicle that is designed or adapted to carry 12 or fewer persons (including the driver)

    special-type vehicle means any motor vehicle that—

    • (a) is a forklift; or

    • (b) runs on rollers; or

    • (c) runs on—

      • (i) self-laying tracks; or

      • (ii) wheels, but is not a passenger vehicle, a trade vehicle, a tractor, a fire engine, or a vehicle recovery service vehicle

    testing officer means a person who is the holder of a testing officer endorsement

    Testing Officer's Manual means the Driver Testing Officer's Manual produced by the Authority setting out the requirements for administering theory tests and practical driving tests for the purposes of this rule

    trade vehicle means a motor vehicle designed exclusively or principally for the carriage of goods; and—

    • (a) includes—

      • (i) a motor vehicle that has been adapted by the permanent attachment of machinery or other similar apparatus; and

      • (ii) a motorised mobile home or self-propelled caravan; but

    • (b) does not include—

      • (i) a moped or motorcycle:

      • (ii) a motor vehicle fitted with self-laying tracks:

      • (iii) a forklift vehicle:

      • (iv) a vehicle recovery service vehicle while the vehicle is being used to tow or carry any other vehicle:

      • (v) a fire engine:

      • (vi) an ambulance

    tradesperson's vehicle means a motor vehicle whose body is designed or adapted for use principally by tradespersons to carry special purpose trade equipment or trade goods (excluding general freight)

    trailer means a vehicle without power that is capable of being drawn or propelled by a motor vehicle from which it is readily detachable; but does not include—

    • (a) a sidecar attached to a motorcycle; or

    • (b) a vehicle normally propelled by mechanical power while it is being temporarily towed without the use of its own power

    vehicle

    • (a) means a contrivance equipped with wheels, tracks, or revolving runners on which it moves or is moved; and

    • (b) includes a hovercraft, a skateboard, in-line skates, and roller skates; but

    • (c) does not include—

      • (i) a perambulator or pushchair:

      • (ii) a shopping or sporting trundler not propelled by mechanical power:

      • (iii) a wheelbarrow or hand-trolley:

      • (iv) [Revoked]

      • (v) a pedestrian-controlled lawnmower:

      • (vi) a pedestrian-controlled agricultural machine not propelled by mechanical power:

      • (vii) an article of furniture:

      • (viii) an invalid wheelchair not propelled by mechanical power:

      • (ix) any other contrivance specified by any other rule made under the Act not to be a vehicle for the purposes of this definition

    vehicle recovery service means the towing or carrying on any road of a motor vehicle, irrespective of the size or design of the towing or carrying vehicle, and whether or not the towing or carrying of the vehicle is carried out by a person intending to carry out repairs on the vehicle; but does not include—

    • (a) the towing or carrying of any motorcycle or moped; or

    • (b) the towing or carrying of one motor vehicle by another where—

      • (i) the towing or carrying is not carried out directly or indirectly for reward; and

      • (ii) the towing or carrying vehicle is not designed or adapted for the purpose of towing or carrying motor vehicles; or

    • (c) the towing or carrying of a vehicle by a person who owns the vehicle; or

    • (d) any service where the Agency has, in writing, notified the operator that the nature of the service is such that the carriage of vehicles should be treated as the carriage of goods; or

    • (e) any service specified as an exempt service in the Act or in the regulations or rules made under the Act

    vehicle recovery service vehicle means a vehicle used in a vehicle recovery service for towing or carrying on a road any motor vehicle; but does not include a vehicle that is not designed or adapted for the purpose of towing or carrying motor vehicles.

    (2) For the purposes of this rule, in a year that is not a leap year, birthdays and other dates that would otherwise occur on 29 February are deemed to occur on 28 February.

    (3) Unless the context otherwise requires, terms and expressions that are used but not defined in this rule but that are defined in the Act have the same meaning as in the Act.

    Clause 2(1) accurate English translation: inserted, on 1 October 2011, by clause 6(3) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

    Clause 2(1) Agency: inserted, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 2(1) agricultural motor vehicle: inserted, on 1 June 2013, by clause 6(1) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2013 (SR 2013/100).

    Clause 2(1) agricultural purpose: inserted, on 1 June 2013, by clause 6(1) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2013 (SR 2013/100).

    Clause 2(1) agricultural tractor: inserted, on 1 June 2013, by clause 6(1) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2013 (SR 2013/100).

    Clause 2(1) agricultural trailer: inserted, on 1 June 2013, by clause 6(1) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2013 (SR 2013/100).

    Clause 2(1) all-terrain vehicle: amended, on 1 June 2013, by clause 6(2) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2013 (SR 2013/100).

    Clause 2(1) ambulance: inserted, on 1 June 2006, by clause 3(1) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2006 (SR 2006/84).

    Clause 2(1) approved motorcycle: inserted, on 1 October 2012, by clause 6(3) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

    Clause 2(1) Authority: substituted, on 1 December 2004, by section 19(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2004 (2004 No 97).

    Clause 2(1) Authority: amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 2(1) combination vehicle: amended, on 4 October 1999, by clause 2(1) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 1999 (SR 1999/302).

    Clause 2(1) country: inserted, on 1 July 2013, by clause 6 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule (No 2) 2013 (SR 2013/131).

    Clause 2(1) dangerous goods: amended, on 1 October 2011, by clause 6(1) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

    Clause 2(1) dependant paragraph (a): amended, on 26 April 2005, by section 12 of the Relationships (Statutory References) Act 2005 (2005 No 3).

    Clause 2(1) dependant paragraph (a)(i): amended, on 26 April 2005, by section 12 of the Relationships (Statutory References) Act 2005 (2005 No 3).

    Clause 2(1) dependant paragraph (a)(iii): amended, on 26 April 2005, by section 12 of the Relationships (Statutory References) Act 2005 (2005 No 3).

    Clause 2(1) dependant paragraph (b): amended, on 26 April 2005, by section 12 of the Relationships (Statutory References) Act 2005 (2005 No 3).

    Clause 2(1) Director: revoked, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 2(1) driver identification card: substituted, on 1 October 2007, by section 95(11) of the Land Transport Amendment Act 2005 (2005 No 77).

    Clause 2(1) guardian: inserted, on 1 October 2011, by clause 6(3) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

    Clause 2(1) highest class: amended, on 1 June 2006, by clause 3(2) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2006 (SR 2006/84).

    Clause 2(1) licensing agent: amended, on 1 October 2011, by clause 6(2) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

    Clause 2(1) licensing agent: amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 2(1) light trailer: inserted, on 1 June 2006, by clause 3(1) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2006 (SR 2006/84).

    Clause 2(1) medical practitioner: inserted, on 18 September 2004, by section 175(3) of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (2003 No 48).

    Clause 2(1) mobility device: inserted, on 22 June 2005, by section 95(10) of the Land Transport Amendment Act 2005 (2005 No 77).

    Clause 2(1) mobility device paragraph (b): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 2(1) moped: substituted, on 1 May 2011, by section 35(6) of the Land Transport Amendment Act 2009 (2009 No 17).

    Clause 2(1) moped: amended, on 1 November 2012, by clause 6 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2012 (SR 2012/302).

    Clause 2(1) motor vehicle paragraph (c)(ii): revoked, on 22 June 2005, by section 95(10) of the Land Transport Amendment Act 2005 (2005 No 77).

    Clause 2(1) motor vehicle paragraph (c)(vi): amended, on 22 June 2005, by section 95(10) of the Land Transport Amendment Act 2005 (2005 No 77).

    Clause 2(1) motor vehicle paragraph (c)(vii): added, on 22 June 2005, by section 95(10) of the Land Transport Amendment Act 2005 (2005 No 77).

    Clause 2(1) motor vehicle paragraph (c)(vii): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 2(1) motor vehicle paragraph (c)(viii): added, on 22 June 2005, by section 95(10) of the Land Transport Amendment Act 2005 (2005 No 77).

    Clause 2(1) motorcycle: substituted, on 10 May 2011, by section 100(3) of the Land Transport (Road Safety and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2011 (2011 No 13).

    Clause 2(1) occupational therapist: inserted, on 18 September 2004, by section 175(3) of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (2003 No 48).

    Clause 2(1) older driver test: revoked, on 4 December 2006, by clause 6 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule (No 2) 2006 (SR 2006/152).

    Clause 2(1) on-road safety test: inserted, on 4 December 2006, by clause 6 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule (No 2) 2006 (SR 2006/152).

    Clause 2(1) on-road safety test: amended, on 1 August 2011, by section 100(4) of the Land Transport (Road Safety and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2011 (2011 No 13).

    Clause 2(1) optometrist: inserted, on 18 September 2004, by section 175(3) of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (2003 No 48).

    Clause 2(1) parent: inserted, on 1 October 2011, by clause 6(3) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

    Clause 2(1) partner: inserted, on 26 April 2005, by section 12 of the Relationships (Statutory References) Act 2005 (2005 No 3).

    Clause 2(1) passenger service: amended, on 1 October 2007, by section 95(11) of the Land Transport Amendment Act 2005 (2005 No 77).

    Clause 2(1) passenger service vehicle: amended, on 1 October 2007, by section 95(11) of the Land Transport Amendment Act 2005 (2005 No 77).

    Clause 2(1) pivot steer vehicle: inserted, on 1 June 2006, by clause 3(1) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2006 (SR 2006/84).

    Clause 2(1) registered health professional: inserted, on 18 September 2004, by section 175(3) of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (2003 No 48).

    Clause 2(1) registered medical practitioner: revoked, on 18 September 2004, by section 175(3) of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (2003 No 48).

    Clause 2(1) registered occupational therapist: revoked, on 18 September 2004, by section 175(3) of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (2003 No 48).

    Clause 2(1) registered optometrist: revoked, on 18 September 2004, by section 175(3) of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (2003 No 48).

    Clause 2(1) rigid vehicle: amended, on 1 June 2006, by clause 3(3) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2006 (SR 2006/84).

    Clause 2(1) special-type vehicle paragraph (c)(ii): amended, on 4 October 1999, by clause 2(2) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 1999 (SR 1999/302).

    Clause 2(1) spouse: revoked, on 26 April 2005, by section 12 of the Relationships (Statutory References) Act 2005 (2005 No 3).

    Clause 2(1) trade vehicle paragraph (b)(v): added, on 1 June 2006, by clause 3(4) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2006 (SR 2006/84).

    Clause 2(1) trade vehicle paragraph (b)(vi): added, on 1 June 2006, by clause 3(4) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2006 (SR 2006/84).

    Clause 2(1) tradesperson's vehicle: inserted, on 1 June 2006, by clause 3(1) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2006 (SR 2006/84).

    Clause 2(1) vehicle paragraph (c)(iv): revoked, on 22 June 2005, by section 95(10) of the Land Transport Amendment Act 2005 (2005 No 77).

    Clause 2(1) vehicle recovery service paragraph (d): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 2(1) vehicle recovery service paragraph (e): substituted, on 1 October 2007, by section 95(11) of the Land Transport Amendment Act 2005 (2005 No 77).

    Clause 2(3): added, on 1 October 2011, by clause 6(4) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

3 Objective of rule
  • A statement of the objective of this rule is set out in Schedule 1.

4 Consultation
  • The statement of the extent of the consultation that has been carried out in relation to this rule under section 161(2) of the Act is set out in Schedule 2.

5 Application
  • (1) The provisions of this rule set out in subclause (2) do not apply to a member of the New Zealand Defence Force who applies to be issued with a driver licence if that person—

    • (a) is required to drive motor vehicles covered by that class of licence as part of that person's military duties; and

    • (b) has successfully completed a course provided by the New Zealand Defence Force for that purpose and which is approved by the Agency; and

    • (c) includes, with the person's application, a letter from the person's commanding officer detailing compliance with paragraphs (a) and (b).

    (2) The provisions referred to in subclause (1) are—

    • (aa) the requirement in clause 15 that an applicant for a Class 2L licence must hold, and have held for at least 6 months, a full Class 1 licence:

    • (a) the requirement in clause 15 that an applicant for a Class 3L licence must hold, and have held for at least 6 months, a full Class 2 licence:

    • (b) the requirement in clause 15 that an applicant for a Class 4L licence must hold, and have held for at least 12 months, a full Class 2 licence:

    • (c) the requirement in clause 15 that an applicant for a Class 5L licence must hold, and have held for at least 6 months, a full Class 4 licence:

    • (d) the requirements in clause 17 that an applicant for a restricted licence of a particular class must hold, and have held for at least 6 months, a learner licence of that class:

    • (e) the requirements in clause 19 that an applicant for a full licence must hold, and have held, an appropriate learner licence or restricted licence for a particular time.

    (3) Clause 16(1)(b), (c)(i), and (d)(i) do not apply to an apprentice, technician, or mechanic in the motor trade when that person is driving, in the course of that person's employment, a motor vehicle that is owned by, or is in the custody of, that person's employer.

    (4) Clause 16(1)(b), (c)(i), and (d)(i) do not apply to a person who is driving a motor vehicle that is clearly marked as being used for driving instruction.

    Clause 5(1)(b): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 5(2)(aa): inserted, on 1 June 2006, by clause 6 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2006 (SR 2006/84).

    Clause 5(3): amended, on 16 June 2008, by clause 6(1) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2008 (SR 2008/119).

    Clause 5(4): amended, on 16 June 2008, by clause 6(2) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2008 (SR 2008/119).

5A Transitional, savings, and related provisions
  • The transitional, savings, and related provisions set out in Schedule 2A have effect according to their terms.

    Clause 5A: inserted, on 1 December 2014, by clause 6 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2014 (LI 2014/265).

6 Restrictions on granting of exemptions by Director
  • [Revoked]

    Clause 6: revoked, on 4 October 1999, by clause 5 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 1999 (SR 1999/302).

Part 2
Classification of driver licences and endorsements

7 Classes of licences
  • (1) The classes of driver licences that may be issued are set out in column 1 of Schedule 3.

    (2) The holder of a licence of a class specified in column 1 of Schedule 3 is authorised to drive a vehicle described in relation to that class of licence in column 2 of Schedule 3, and any other vehicle authorised in accordance with subclauses (3) to (6), in accordance with the conditions imposed by or under this rule.

    (3) The holder of a Class 2 licence is authorised to drive a vehicle to which Class 1 relates.

    (4) The holder of a Class 3 licence is authorised to drive a vehicle to which Class 2 or Class 1 relates.

    (5) The holder of a Class 4 licence is authorised to drive a vehicle to which Class 2 or Class 1 relates.

    (6) The holder of a Class 5 licence is authorised to drive a vehicle to which any of Classes 1 to 4 relate.

8 Types of endorsements
  • The types of endorsements that may be issued are set out in Schedule 4.

Part 3
General provisions relating to applications

9 Manner of lodging application for driver licence, endorsement, or driver identification card
  • (1) An application to obtain, renew, replace, or reinstate a driver licence, an endorsement, or a driver identification card must be lodged with a licensing agent.

    (2) An application under clause 86(2) must be made to the Agency.

    (3) If the Agency provides a system for the lodging online of an application, the application may be lodged in that manner.

    Clause 9: replaced, on 1 December 2014, by clause 7 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2014 (LI 2014/265).

10 Content of application
  • A person who applies to obtain, renew, replace, or reinstate a driver licence, an endorsement, or a driver identification card must complete an application form that must include—

    • (a) the applicant's full name; and

    • (b) the applicant's residential and postal addresses; and

    • (c) the applicant's date of birth; and

    • (d) the applicant's place of birth; and

    • (e) the applicant's gender; and

    • (f) the medical declaration required by clause 39 and, if required by that clause, a medical certificate in accordance with that clause; and

    • (g) the class of driver licence or type of endorsement applied for; and

    • (h) if the application is for a passenger, vehicle recovery, driving instructor, or testing officer endorsement, whether the applicant is applying for the endorsement to be issued for a period of 1 year or a period of 5 years; and

    • (i) whether the applicant agrees to be an organ donor; and

    • (j) whether the applicant requests that the applicant's address appear on the driver licence; and

    • (k) a signed statement by the applicant that, to the best of the applicant's knowledge and belief, all the information given by the applicant is correct and that the applicant is not disqualified from obtaining or holding a driver licence.

    Clause 10: replaced, on 1 December 2014, by clause 7 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2014 (LI 2014/265).

11 Identification: application in person
  • (1) This clause applies if an application is made in person.

    (2) An applicant who is applying to obtain the applicant's first New Zealand photographic driver licence must produce the following evidence of identity of the applicant to be sighted by a licensing agent:

    • (a) a current and valid New Zealand passport; or

    • (b) an original and current document specified in Part 1 of Schedule 9 and an original and current document specified in Part 2 of Schedule 9.

    (3) In any case other than one to which subclause (2) applies, the applicant must produce the following evidence of identity of the applicant to be sighted by a licensing agent:

    • (a) a current New Zealand photographic driver licence; or

    • (b) a current and valid New Zealand passport; or

    • (c) an original and current document specified in Part 1 of Schedule 9 and an original and current document specified in Part 2 of Schedule 9.

    (4) Despite subclauses (2) and (3), the Agency may accept the following documents for up to 2 years after their expiry date:

    • (a) a New Zealand passport, if accompanied by an original and current document specified in Part 2 of Schedule 9:

    • (b) a New Zealand photographic driver licence:

    • (c) a passport issued by or on behalf of the government of a country other than New Zealand:

    • (d) a firearms licence issued under the Arms Act 1983 that contains a photograph.

    (5) If an applicant provides a document from Part 1 or 2 of Schedule 9 that does not contain a photographic image of the applicant, the applicant must also provide the Agency with—

    • (a) a photographic image of the applicant that has been taken within the previous 6 months, and that complies with the requirements of clause 12(4) and (5); and

    • (b) a verification statement in relation to that photographic image that has been signed by an identity referee.

    (6) The applicant must provide one of the documents specified in Part 3 of Schedule 9 if the applicant wishes to have the driver licence, endorsement, or driver identification card issued in a name that—

    • (a) is not the same as the applicant's name on a document referred to in Part 1 or 2 of Schedule 9; or

    • (b) is not the same as the applicant's name on the national register of driver licences.

    (7) Despite anything in subclauses (2) to (6),—

    • (a) if the Agency considers that the information contained in driver licences, passports, or other documents issued by or on behalf of the government of a country other than New Zealand may not be reliable, the Agency may issue a direction to all licensing agents prohibiting the acceptance of all or any specified class of documents issued by or on behalf of the government of that country as evidence of the identity of the applicant; and

    • (b) no document to which a direction under paragraph (a) applies may be accepted by a licensing agent as evidence of the identity of the applicant while that direction remains in force.

    (8) The Agency may accept any document in substitution for a document of a kind specified in Schedule 9 if the Agency is satisfied that—

    • (a) the applicant is unable to provide the document of the kind specified in Schedule 9; and

    • (b) the alternative document is of equivalent authenticity and effect.

    (9) In this clause, identity referee means a person who—

    • (a) holds a valid and current New Zealand passport or New Zealand driver licence; and

    • (b) has known the applicant for 1 year or more; and

    • (c) is 16 years of age or older; and

    • (d) is not related to the applicant or part of the applicant's extended family; and

    • (e) is not a spouse or partner of the applicant; and

    • (f) does not live at the same address as the applicant.

    Clause 11: replaced, on 1 December 2014, by clause 7 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2014 (LI 2014/265).

11A Identification: application online
  • If an application is lodged online, the applicant must, instead of complying with clause 11, use identity credentials in terms of the Electronic Identity Verification Act 2012.

    Clause 11A: inserted, on 1 December 2014, by clause 7 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2014 (LI 2014/265).

12 Images on driver licences and driver identification cards
  • (1) An applicant who is applying to obtain the applicant's first New Zealand photographic driver licence must allow the licensing agent to take a photographic image of the applicant and an electronic impression of the applicant's signature.

    (2) Subclause (3) applies if a person is applying to—

    • (a) renew or reinstate a driver licence or obtain an additional licence class; or

    • (b) obtain or renew a driver identification card; or

    • (c) replace a driver licence or driver identification card where clause 74(2)(c) applies.

    (3) The applicant must,—

    • (a) if applying in person, allow the licensing agent to take a photographic image of the applicant; or

    • (b) if applying online, provide a photographic image of the applicant that complies with the specified requirements of the Agency in relation to electronic format, file size, and any other matter.

    (4) In the photographic image, the applicant must not be wearing sunglasses, a hat, any head coverings, or anything else that obscures the applicant's face or prevents the photographic image from being a good likeness of the applicant.

    (5)  Despite subclause (4), the Agency may permit an applicant to wear an item on or near the applicant's face if—

    • (a) the Agency is satisfied that the applicant is required to wear the item for religious or medical reasons; and

    • (b) the applicant provides the Agency with a signed statement to that effect; and

    • (c) the applicant's facial features from the bottom of the chin to the top of the forehead and both edges of the face are clearly shown; and

    • (d) the Agency is satisfied that the item does not prevent the photographic image from being a good likeness of the applicant.

    (6) An applicant for the renewal of a driver licence who is 80 years of age or over is required to comply with subclause (3) only if renewing a licence at 86 years of age or any birthday that is 10 years or a multiple of 10 years after the person's 86th birthday.

    Clause 12: replaced, on 1 December 2014, by clause 7 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2014 (LI 2014/265).

12A Statements in applications made online
  • Where this rule provides that a signed statement must be made by an applicant or other specified person, and the application is made online, the statement must be made, but need not be signed.

    Clause 12A: inserted, on 1 December 2014, by clause 7 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2014 (LI 2014/265).

13 Eyesight test
  • An applicant must pass an eyesight test as specified in clause 38 when applying—

    • (a) to obtain a driver licence or an endorsement; or

    • (b) to obtain an additional licence class; or

    • (c) to renew a driver licence or an endorsement; or

    • (d) to reinstate a licence where the licence will be issued with a new expiry date.

    Clause 13: replaced, on 1 December 2014, by clause 7 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2014 (LI 2014/265).

14 Fees
  • When applying to obtain, renew, replace, or reinstate a driver licence, an endorsement, or a driver identification card or any application under Part 4A a person must pay the appropriate fee or fees (if any) specified in or assessed in accordance with regulations made under the Act.

    Clause 14: amended, on 1 October 2011, by clause 9 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

    Clause 14: amended, on 10 May 2011, by section 100(3) of the Land Transport (Road Safety and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2011 (2011 No 13).

Part 4
Learner licences, restricted licences, and full licences

Learner licences

15 Obtaining learner licence
  • A person is entitled to be issued with a learner licence of the class specified in column 1 of the table to this clause if the person—

    • (a) has made an application in accordance with Part 3; and

    • (b) has satisfied the requirements set out in column 2 of the table in relation to that class of licence.

    Table to clause 15
    Class of licenceRequirements to be satisfied by applicant
    Class 1L
    • (a) is 16 years of age or over at date of application

    • (b) passes the appropriate theory test under clause 45

    • (c) if 75 years of age or over, produces a medical certificate in accordance with clause 44

    Class 2L
    • (a) holds, and has held for at least 6 months, a full Class 1 licence

    • (b) passes the appropriate theory test under clause 45

    • (c) produces a medical certificate in accordance with clause 44

    Class 3L
    • (a) if under 25 years of age, holds, and has held for at least 6 months, a full Class 2 licence

    • (ab) if 25 years of age or over,—

      • (i) holds, and has held for at least 3 months, a full Class 2 licence; or

      • (ii) holds a full Class 2 licence and provides a certificate showing successful completion of an approved course

    • (b) passes the appropriate theory test under clause 45

    • (c) produces a medical certificate in accordance with clause 44

    Class 4L
    • (a) if under 25 years of age, holds, and has held for at least 6 months, a full Class 2 licence

    • (ab) if 25 years of age or over,—

      • (i) holds, and has held for at least 3 months, a full Class 2 licence; or

      • (ii) holds a full Class 2 licence and provides a certificate showing successful completion of an approved course

    • (b) produces a medical certificate in accordance with clause 44

    Class 5L
    • (a) if under 25 years of age, holds, and has held for at least 6 months, a full Class 4 licence

    • (ab) if 25 years of age or over,—

      • (i) holds, and has held for at least 3 months, a full Class 4 licence; or

      • (ii) holds a full Class 4 licence and provides a certificate showing successful completion of an approved course

    • (b) passes the appropriate theory test under clause 45 (unless applicant has previously passed the theory test required to obtain a Class 3L licence)

    • (c) produces a medical certificate in accordance with clause 44

    Class 6L
    • (a) is 16 years of age or over at date of application

    • (b) passes the appropriate theory test under clause 45

    • (c) produces certificate of successful completion of basic handling skills test under clause 48

    • (d) if 75 years of age or over, produces a medical certificate in accordance with clause 44

    Clause 15(a): replaced, on 1 December 2014, by clause 8 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2014 (LI 2014/265).

    Clause 15 table: amended, on 1 August 2011, by section 100(4) of the Land Transport (Road Safety and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2011 (2011 No 13).

    Clause 15 table: amended, on 1 June 2006, by clause 8(1) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2006 (SR 2006/84).

    Clause 15 table: amended, on 1 June 2006, by clause 8(2) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2006 (SR 2006/84).

    Clause 15 table: amended, on 1 June 2006, by clause 8(3) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2006 (SR 2006/84).

16 Conditions of learner licence
  • (1) The holder of a learner licence of a particular class is authorised to drive a vehicle to which that class of licence relates if the holder complies with the following conditions:

    • (a) the holder must not drive the vehicle (unless driving a motorcycle, moped, or an all-terrain vehicle) unless the holder is accompanied in the vehicle by a person who—

      • (i) either—

        • (A) holds, and has held for at least 2 years, a full New Zealand photographic driver licence that authorises that person to drive that vehicle and that is not subject to a condition imposed under clause 67, 67A, 86, or 89; or

        • (B) holds a full New Zealand photographic driver licence that authorises that person to drive that vehicle and that is not subject to a condition imposed under clause 67, 67A, 86, or 89, and has held for at least 2 years the equivalent of a full New Zealand photographic driver licence issued in a licensing jurisdiction other than New Zealand; and

      • (ii) is in charge of the vehicle; and

      • (iii) is seated in the front passenger seat or, if there is no front passenger seat available, is seated as close as is practicable to the driver; and

    • (b) in the case of a Class 1L licence, where the holder is driving a car, the holder must display on the vehicle an L plate as specified in clause 66:

    • (c) in the case of a Class 1L or Class 6L licence, where the holder is riding a moped, the holder—

      • (i) must display on the vehicle an L plate as specified in clause 66; and

      • (ii) must not drive between the hours of 10 pm and 5 am; and

      • (iii) must not carry another person on the moped or in a sidecar attached to the moped:

    • (d) in the case of a Class 6L licence, where the holder is riding a motorcycle, the holder—

      • (i) must—

        • (A) ride an approved motorcycle; and

        • (B) display on the vehicle an L plate as specified in clause 66; and

      • (ii) must not—

        • (A) ride between the hours of 10 pm and 5 am; or

        • (B) use the motorcycle to tow another vehicle; or

        • (C) carry another person on the motorcycle or in a sidecar attached to the motorcycle.

    (2) The conditions imposed under this clause are in addition to any conditions imposed on the licence holder under Part 9.

    Clause 16(1)(a)(i): substituted, on 1 October 2011, by clause 10(1) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

    Clause 16(1)(b): substituted, on 1 June 2006, by clause 9 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2006 (SR 2006/84).

    Clause 16(1)(c): substituted, on 1 June 2006, by clause 9 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2006 (SR 2006/84).

    Clause 16(1)(c)(ii): amended, on 16 June 2008, by clause 7(1) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2008 (SR 2008/119).

    Clause 16(1)(c)(iii): added, on 16 June 2008, by clause 7(2) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2008 (SR 2008/119).

    Clause 16(1)(d): replaced, on 1 October 2012, by clause 5(2) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule (No 2) 2011 (SR 2011/346).

Restricted licences

17 Obtaining restricted licence
  • A person is entitled to be issued with a restricted licence of the class specified in column 1 of the table to this clause if the person—

    • (a) has made an application in accordance with Part 3; and

    • (b) has satisfied the requirements set out in column 2 of the table in relation to that class of licence.

    Class of licence   Requirements to be satisfied by applicant
    Class 1R   
    • (a) is 16 years and 6 months of age or over on the date of application, and holds and has held for at least 6 months, a Class 1L licence

    • (b) passes the restricted licence test under clause 48

    • (c) if 75 years of age or over or if renewing a licence under clause 67(5)(a), produces a medical certificate in accordance with clause 44

    Class 6R either 
    • (a) is 16 years and 6 months of age or over on the date of application, and holds and has held for at least 6 months, a Class 6L licence

    • (b) passes the restricted licence test under clause 48

    • (c) if 75 years of age or over or if renewing a licence under clause 67(5)(a), produces a medical certificate in accordance with clause 44

      or 
    • (a) is 16 years and 6 months of age or over on the date of application and holds a Class 6L licence

    • (b) provides a certificate showing successful completion by the applicant of an approved course of a type specified in clause 93(d)

    • (c) if 75 years of age or over or if renewing a licence under clause 67(5)(a), produces a medical certificate in accordance with clause 44

    Clause 17(a): replaced, on 1 December 2014, by clause 9 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2014 (LI 2014/265).

    Clause 17 table: replaced, on 1 October 2012, by clause 11 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

18 Conditions of restricted licence
  • (1) The holder of a restricted licence of a particular class is authorised to drive a vehicle to which that class of licence relates if the holder complies with the following conditions:

    • (a) in the case of a Class 1R licence, the holder—

      • (i) must not carry any passenger, other than the holder's spouse, partner, parent, guardian, or dependant, unless the holder is accompanied by a person described in subclause (2); and

      • (ii) must not drive between the hours of 10 pm and 5 am unless the holder is accompanied by a person described in subclause (2); and

    • (b) in the case of a Class 6R licence, where the holder is riding a motorcycle, the holder—

      • (i) must ride an approved motorcycle; and

      • (ii) must not—

        • (A) ride between the hours of 10 pm and 5 am; or

        • (B) use the motorcycle to tow another vehicle; or

        • (C) carry another person on the motorcycle or in a sidecar attached to the motorcycle; and

    • (c) in the case of a Class 6R licence, where the holder is riding a moped, the holder must not—

      • (i) ride between the hours of 10 pm and 5 am; or

      • (ii) carry another person on the moped or in a sidecar attached to the moped.

    (2) A person referred to in subclause (1)(a)(i) and (ii) is a person who—

    • (a) either—

      • (i) holds, and has held for at least 2 years, a full New Zealand photographic driver licence that authorises that person to drive that vehicle and that is not subject to a condition imposed under clause 67, 67A, 86, or 89; or

      • (ii) holds a full New Zealand photographic driver licence that authorises that person to drive that vehicle and that is not subject to a condition imposed under clause 67, 67A, 86, or 89, and has held for at least 2 years the equivalent of a full New Zealand photographic driver licence issued in a licensing jurisdiction other than New Zealand; and

    • (b) is in charge of the vehicle; and

    • (c) is seated in the front passenger seat or, if there is no front passenger seat available, is seated as close as is practicable to the driver.

    (3) The conditions imposed under this clause are in addition to any conditions imposed on the licence holder under Part 9.

    Clause 18(1)(a)(i): amended, on 1 October 2011, by clause 12(1) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

    Clause 18(1)(b): replaced, on 1 October 2012, by clause 6(2) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule (No 2) 2011 (SR 2011/346).

    Clause 18(1)(c): added, on 1 October 2011, by clause 12(2) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

    Clause 18(2): substituted, on 1 October 2011, by clause 12(3) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

Full licences

19 Obtaining full licence
  • A person is entitled to be issued with a full licence of the class specified in column 1 of the table to this clause if the person—

    • (a) has made an application in accordance with Part 3; and

    • (b) has satisfied the requirements set out in column 2 of the table in relation to that class of licence.

    Class of licence   Requirements to be satisfied by applicant
    Class 1   
    • (a) if under 25 years of age,—

      • (i) is 18 years of age or over on the date of application and holds, and has held for at least 18 months, a Class 1R licence; or

      • (ii) is 17 years and 6 months of age or over on the date of application and holds, and has held for at least 12 months, a Class 1R licence, if the person provides a certificate showing successful completion by the person of an approved course of a type specified in clause 93(a)

    • (b) if 25 years of age or over, holds and has held a Class 1R licence for either—

      • (i) at least 6 months; or

      • (ii) at least 3 months if the person provides a certificate showing successful completion by the person of an approved course of a type specified in clause 93(a)

    • (c) passes the full licence test under clause 48

    • (d) if 75 years of age or over or if renewing a licence under clause 67(5)(a), produces a medical certificate in accordance with clause 44

    Class 2 either 
    • (a) holds, and has held for at least 6 months, a Class 2L licence

    • (b) passes the full licence test under clause 48

    • (c) produces a medical certificate in accordance with clause 44

      or 
    • (a) holds a Class 2L licence

    • (b) provides a certificate showing successful completion by the person of an approved course of a type specified in clause 93(c) in a motor vehicle for which a Class 2 licence is required

    • (c) produces a medical certificate in accordance with clause 44

    Class 3 either 
    • (a) holds, and has held for at least 6 months, a Class 3L licence

    • (b) passes the full licence test under clause 48

    • (c) produces a medical certificate in accordance with clause 44

      or 
    • (a) holds a Class 3L licence

    • (b) provides a certificate showing successful completion by the person of an approved course of a type specified in clause 93(c) in a motor vehicle for which a Class 3 licence is required

    • (c) produces a medical certificate in accordance with clause 44

    Class 4 either 
    • (a) holds, and has held for at least 6 months, a Class 4L licence

    • (b) passes the full licence test under clause 48

    • (c) produces a medical certificate in accordance with clause 44

      or 
    • (a) holds a Class 4L licence

    • (b) provides a certificate showing successful completion by the person of an approved course of a type specified in clause 93(c) in a motor vehicle for which a Class 4 licence is required

    • (c) produces a medical certificate in accordance with clause 44

      or 
    • (a) if under 25 years of age,—

      • (i) holds and has held a Class 1 licence for at least 2 years; and

      • (ii) holds a Class 2 licence

    • (b) if 25 years of age or over,—

      • (i) holds and has held a Class 1 licence for at least 12 months; and

      • (ii) holds a Class 2 licence

    • (c) provides a certificate showing successful completion of an approved course of a type specified under clause 93(k) in a motor vehicle requiring a class 4 licence

    • (d) produces a medical certificate in accordance with clause 44

    Class 5 either 
    • (a) holds, and has held for at least 6 months, a Class 5L licence

    • (b) passes the full licence test under clause 48

    • (c) produces a medical certificate in accordance with clause 44

      or 
    • (a) holds a Class 5L licence

    • (b) provides a certificate showing successful completion by the person of an approved course of a type specified in clause 93(c) in a motor vehicle for which a Class 5 licence is required

    • (c) produces a medical certificate in accordance with clause 44

      or 
    • (a) if under 25 years of age,—

      • (i) holds and has held a Class 1 licence for at least 2 years; and

      • (ii) holds a Class 2 licence

    • (b) if 25 years of age or over,—

      • (i) holds and has held a Class 1 licence for at least 12 months; and

      • (ii) holds a Class 2 licence

    • (c) provides a certificate showing successful completion of an approved course of a type specified under clause 93(k) in a motor vehicle requiring a Class 5 licence

    • (d) produces a medical certificate in accordance with clause 44

    • (e) passes the theory test for a Class 5 licence under clause 45(1)

    Class 6   
    • (a) if 18 years of age or over on the date of application,—

      • (i) holds, and has held for at least 18 months, a Class 6R licence; and

      • (ii) passes the full licence test under clause 48

    • (b) if 17 years and 6 months of age or over on the date of application,—

      • (i) holds, and has held for at least 12 months, a Class 6R licence; and

      • (ii) provides a certificate showing successful completion by the person of an approved course of a type specified in clause 93(e)

    • (c) if 75 years of age or over or if renewing a licence under clause 67(5)(a), produces a medical certificate in accordance with clause 44

    Clause 19(a): replaced, on 1 December 2014, by clause 10 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2014 (LI 2014/265).

    Clause 19 table: replaced, on 1 October 2012, by clause 13 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

Part 4A
Accelerated licensing process

  • Part 4A: inserted, on 1 October 2012, by clause 14 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

19A Interpretation
  • In this Part,—

    application means an application to take part in the accelerated licensing process under this Part

    approved employer means a transport service operator approved by the Agency under clause 19D

    hours of darkness has the same meaning as in clause 1.6 of the Land Transport (Road User) Rule 2004.

    Clause 19A: inserted, on 1 October 2012, by clause 14 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

19B Accelerated licensing process: who may apply
  • (1) A person may apply to the Agency under this Part to take part as a driver in the accelerated licensing process to obtain a Class 4 licence or a Class 5 licence (as the case may be), if the person—

    • (a) holds, and has held a Class 1 licence for—

      • (i) at least 2 years, if under 25 years of age; or

      • (ii) at least 12 months, if 25 years of age or over; and

    • (b) holds a Class 2 licence.

    (2) A transport service operator may apply to the Agency under this Part to take part as an approved employer in the accelerated licensing process if the operator has—

    • (a) an operator safety rating of 4 stars or more as specified in clause 2.1(2) of Land Transport Rule: Operator Safety Rating 2008, if a rating has been assigned; and

    • (b) a reporting and control system that is—

      • (i) approved by the Agency in writing; and

      • (ii) designed to provide appropriate supervision of a driver participating in the accelerated licensing process.

    Clause 19B: inserted, on 1 October 2012, by clause 14 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

19C Form of application
  • (1) An application to take part in the accelerated licensing process must be made on an application form approved by the Agency.

    (2) The application must include the following information:

    • (a) the applicant's full name and address:

    • (b) the applicant's driver licence number:

    • (c) if the application is to take part as a driver, the name of the applicant's employer during the accelerated licensing process and the employer's transport service licence number:

    • (d) the licence class to which the application relates:

    • (e) details of any traffic offences committed by the applicant.

    (3) If the application is to take part as a driver, the applicant must produce to the Agency a medical certificate in accordance with clause 44.

    Clause 19C: inserted, on 1 October 2012, by clause 14 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

19D Approval to take part in accelerated licensing process
  • The Agency may approve an application to take part in the accelerated licensing process as a driver or an employer if the Agency considers that the applicant is—

    • (a) a suitable candidate for the process; and

    • (b) likely to comply with the requirements of this Part.

    Clause 19D: inserted, on 1 October 2012, by clause 14 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

19E Revocation of approval
  • The Agency may revoke an approval of a driver or an employer under clause 19D if—

    • (a) the driver does not comply with any of the conditions specified in clause 19H(3) or 19K(3); or

    • (b) the employer is assigned an operator safety rating of 1, 2, or 3 stars under clause 2.1(2) of Land Transport Rule: Operator Safety Rating 2008, if a rating has been assigned; or

    • (c) the Agency considers that the employer's reporting and control system does not provide appropriate supervision of the driver.

    Clause 19E: inserted, on 1 October 2012, by clause 14 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

Stage 1: Preliminary assessment

  • Heading: inserted, on 1 October 2012, by clause 14 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

19F Notice of approval to commence stage 1
  • (1) On approving an application under clause 19D, the Agency must provide the driver with a written notice of approval to commence stage 1.

    (2) The notice of approval must state—

    • (a) the applicant's name and driver licence number; and

    • (b) whether the approval is in respect of a Class 4 or Class 5 licence.

    (3) The Agency must specify an expiry date on the notice of approval after which date the approval is no longer valid for the purpose of commencing stage 1.

    Clause 19F: inserted, on 1 October 2012, by clause 14 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

19G Stage 1: preliminary assessment
  • A driver whose application has been approved by the Agency must successfully complete a preliminary assessment to determine the driver's suitability to drive a vehicle for which either a Class 4 or Class 5 licence is required in accordance with the conditions set out in clause 19H(3).

    Clause 19G: inserted, on 1 October 2012, by clause 14 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

Stage 2: Supervised driving with conditions and assessment

  • Heading: inserted, on 1 October 2012, by clause 14 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

19H Stage 2: supervised driving with conditions
  • (1) A driver who has successfully completed the stage 1 assessment under clause 19G may be issued with a written notice of approval by the Agency to drive a motor vehicle for which either a Class 4 or Class 5 licence would otherwise be required.

    (2) The notice of approval must state the conditions with which the driver must comply.

    (3) The conditions are that the driver—

    • (a) must carry the notice of approval at all times when driving a vehicle to which the approval relates:

    • (b) must produce the notice of approval for inspection without delay after being required to do so by an enforcement officer:

    • (c) may only be employed by the approved employer specified under clause 19C(2)(c) while driving a vehicle for which either a Class 4 or Class 5 licence is required:

    • (d) must maintain a logbook in a format specified in clause 8.1(6) of Land Transport Rule: Work Time and Logbooks 2007:

    • (e) must comply with the rest breaks requirements specified in clause 2.1(1) of Land Transport Rule: Work Time and Logbooks 2007 or in any variation of those requirements that are approved by the Agency (including an alternative fatigue management scheme):

    • (f) must not drive the vehicle for more than 8 hours in a cumulative work day:

    • (g) must not undertake any other work time duties, except those specified in the notice of approval:

    • (h) must not drive the vehicle during the hours of darkness:

    • (i) must not drive the vehicle unless accompanied by a supervisor.

    (4) Despite subclause (3)(c), a driver who changes employment may continue to take part in the accelerated licensing process only if the driver's new employer is an approved employer and the Agency has approved the change for the purposes of this Part.

    (5) The driver must not drive a vehicle to which the approval relates unless accompanied by a supervisor who—

    • (a) holds, and has held for at least 2 years, a New Zealand full licence of a class that authorises the person to drive that vehicle; and

    • (b) is in charge of the vehicle; and

    • (c) is seated next to the driver at all times.

    (6) The Agency must specify an expiry date on the notice of approval after which date the approval is no longer valid.

    Clause 19H: inserted, on 1 October 2012, by clause 14 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

19I Application to undertake stage 2 assessment
  • (1) A driver who has completed at least 60 hours of supervised driving in a vehicle for which a Class 4 or Class 5 licence is required may apply to the Agency to undertake a stage 2 assessment.

    (2) The application must be in a form approved by the Agency and be accompanied by a signed statement from the driver and the applicant's approved employer that the conditions set out in clause 19H(3) have been complied with.

    (3) The Agency may approve an application to take part in a stage 2 assessment if the Agency considers that the applicant is a suitable candidate for the process and has completed the requirements set out in clause 19G.

    Clause 19I: inserted, on 1 October 2012, by clause 14 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

19J Stage 2 assessment
  • (1) A driver whose application has been approved under clause 19I(3) must successfully complete a course specified in clause 93(j) to determine the driver's suitability for an approval to drive a vehicle for which either a Class 4 or Class 5 licence is required in accordance with the conditions set out in clause 19K(3).

    (2) The course provider must issue a driver who successfully completes the course with a certificate of completion.

    (3) The certificate must show the licence class for which the assessment was taken.

    Clause 19J: inserted, on 1 October 2012, by clause 14 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

Stage 3: Unsupervised driving with conditions and assessment

  • Heading: inserted, on 1 October 2012, by clause 14 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

19K Stage 3: unsupervised driving with conditions
  • (1) A driver who has successfully completed the requirements of a course specified in clause 93(j) may be issued with a written notice of approval by the Agency to drive a vehicle for which either a Class 4 or Class 5 licence would otherwise be required.

    (2) A notice of approval must state the conditions with which the driver must comply.

    (3) The conditions are that the driver—

    • (a) must carry the notice of approval at all times when driving a vehicle to which the approval relates:

    • (b) must produce the notice of approval for inspection without delay if required to do so by an enforcement officer:

    • (c) may only be employed by the approved employer specified under clause 19C(2)(c) while driving a vehicle for which either a Class 4 or Class 5 licence is required:

    • (d) must maintain a logbook in a format specified in clause 8.1(6) of Land Transport Rule: Work Time and Logbooks 2007:

    • (e) must comply with the rest breaks requirements specified in clause 2.1(1) of Land Transport Rule: Work Time and Logbooks 2007 or in any variation of those requirements that are approved by the Agency (including an alternative fatigue management scheme):

    • (f) may only drive for more than 8 hours in each cumulative work day when 140 hours or more of unsupervised driving of the vehicle have been completed:

    • (g) must not undertake any other work time duties, except those specified in the notice of approval:

    • (h) may only drive during the hours of darkness when 60 hours or more of unsupervised driving of the vehicle have been completed.

    (4) Despite subclause (3)(c), a driver who changes employment may continue to take part in the accelerated licensing process only if the driver's new employer is an approved employer and the Agency has approved the change for the purposes of this Part.

    (5) The Agency must state an expiry date on the notice of approval after which date the approval is no longer valid.

    Clause 19K: inserted, on 1 October 2012, by clause 14 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

Exit assessment and obtaining Class 4 or Class 5 licence

  • Heading: inserted, on 1 October 2012, by clause 14 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

19L Application to undertake exit assessment
  • (1) A driver who has completed at least 200 hours of unsupervised driving may apply to the Agency for an approval to undertake a course assessing the driver's driving skills specified in clause 93(k).

    (2) The application must be in a form approved by the Agency and be accompanied by a signed statement from the driver and the driver's employer that the conditions specified in clause 19K(3) have been complied with.

    (3) To avoid doubt, the hours of unsupervised driving accumulated for the purposes of an exit assessment are in addition to the hours of supervised driving specified in clause 19I(1).

    (4) An applicant under this clause must have completed at least 20 hours of unsupervised driving during the hours of darkness.

    Clause 19L: inserted, on 1 October 2012, by clause 14 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

19M Exit assessment
  • (1) A driver whose application has been approved under clause 19L must successfully complete an exit assessment specified in clause 93(k) to determine the driver's suitability to hold a Class 4 or Class 5 licence.

    (2) The course provider must issue a driver who successfully completes the exit assessment with a certificate of completion.

    (3) The certificate must show the licence class for which the assessment was taken.

    Clause 19M: inserted, on 1 October 2012, by clause 14 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

19N Obtaining Class 4 or Class 5 licence
  • On successful completion of an exit assessment, a person is entitled to apply for and to be issued with a Class 4 or Class 5 licence (as the case may be) if the person complies with the requirements of clause 19 in relation to a Class 4 or Class 5 licence.

    Clause 19N: inserted, on 1 October 2012, by clause 14 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

Part 5
Endorsements

Dangerous goods (D) endorsement

20 When dangerous goods endorsement required
  • A person who drives a motor vehicle that is transporting dangerous goods must hold a dangerous goods endorsement if required to do so under Land Transport Rule: Dangerous Goods 2005.

    Clause 20: amended, on 1 October 2011, by clause 15 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

21 Obtaining dangerous goods endorsement
  • A person is entitled to obtain a dangerous goods endorsement on that person's driver licence if the person—

    • (a) has made an application in accordance with Part 3; and

    • (b) provides a certificate of his or her successful completion of an approved course of a type specified in clause 93(b)(iii) that is issued within 60 days of the date of the application.

    Clause 21(a): replaced, on 1 December 2014, by clause 11 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2014 (LI 2014/265).

    Clause 21(b): replaced, on 1 October 2012, by clause 16 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

Driving instructor (I) endorsement

22 When driving instructor endorsement required
  • A person who, for financial or commercial gain, provides instruction on a road in driving a motor vehicle must hold a driving instructor endorsement for those classes of licence that relate to the motor vehicles for which the person intends to provide instruction.

    Clause 22: amended, on 22 June 2005, by section 95(10) of the Land Transport Amendment Act 2005 (2005 No 77).

23 Obtaining driving instructor endorsement
  • (1) A person is entitled to obtain a driving instructor endorsement on that person's driver licence if—

    • (a) the person has made an application in accordance with Part 3; and

    • (b) the person holds, and has held for at least 2 years, a New Zealand full licence of a class that authorises the person to drive a vehicle of a type in which the applicant intends to provide instruction; and

    • (c) the person provides evidence of his or her successful completion of an approved course of a type specified in clause 93(b)(iv); and

    • (d) the person passes a full licence test under clause 48 unless, in the 5 years immediately preceding the date of application, the person has passed a full licence test required for a Class 1 licence; and

    • (e) the person produces a medical certificate in accordance with clause 44; and

    • (f) the person consents to the carrying out of checks as to whether or not the person is a fit and proper person to be the holder of a driving instructor endorsement, and consents to the carrying out of those checks from time to time during the period of validity of the endorsement; and

    • (g) the Agency is satisfied in accordance with clause 35(1) that the person is a fit and proper person to be the holder of a driving instructor endorsement.

    (2) Despite subclause (1), a person who holds a driving instructor endorsement and who applies to add another class of vehicle to that endorsement is entitled to obtain a driving instructor endorsement for that class of vehicle if—

    • (a) the person holds, and has held for at least 2 years, a New Zealand full licence of a class that authorises the person to drive that class of vehicle; and

    • (b) the person complies with—

      • (i) the provisions listed in subclause (1)(a), other than clause 13; and

      • (ii) subclause (1)(f) and (g).

    Clause 23(1)(a): replaced, on 1 December 2014, by clause 12 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2014 (LI 2014/265).

    Clause 23(1)(b): amended, on 1 October 2011, by clause 17(1) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

    Clause 23(1)(d): substituted, on 1 June 2006, by clause 11 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2006 (SR 2006/84).

    Clause 23(1)(d): amended, on 1 August 2011, by section 100(4) of the Land Transport (Road Safety and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2011 (2011 No 13).

    Clause 23(1)(f): amended, on 4 October 1999, by clause 9(1) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 1999 (SR 1999/302).

    Clause 23(1)(g): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 23(2): added, on 4 October 1999, by clause 9(2) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 1999 (SR 1999/302).

    Clause 23(2)(a): amended, on 1 October 2011, by clause 17(2) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

24 Vehicles in which driving instructor endorsement authorises instruction
  • A driving instructor endorsement, when followed by a licence class number, authorises the holder to provide instruction in the driving of motor vehicles to which that licence class relates.

25 Holder of driving instructor endorsement must retain records of instruction provided and comply with requirements arising out of audits
  • The holder of a driving instructor endorsement must—

    • (a) retain, for at least 12 months after the instruction is provided, records of the driving instruction provided by the person for financial or commercial gain; and

    • (b) comply with any requirement made in writing by the Agency to that person arising out of an audit of that person under section 198 of the Act.

    Clause 25(a): amended, on 22 June 2005, by section 95(10) of the Land Transport Amendment Act 2005 (2005 No 77).

    Clause 25(b): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

Passenger (P) endorsement

26 When passenger endorsement required
  • (1) A person must hold a passenger endorsement if that person drives—

    • (a) a motor vehicle that is operated in a passenger service; or

    • (b) [Revoked]

    (2) Despite subclause (1), a passenger endorsement is not required if the transport is provided in any of the following situations:

    • (a) when the motor vehicle is an ambulance being used in an ambulance service; or

    • (b) when an employer is providing transport for the employer's employees and the driver is an employee of that employer; or

    • (c) when a car pool is being conducted in which persons are carried to or from their place of employment, business, or education under a cost-sharing arrangement between occupants of the vehicle; or

    • (d) when a parent is transporting a child under a Ministry of Education transport allowance; or

    • (e) when the driver is a volunteer driving the motor vehicle to assist in the activities of an incorporated charitable organisation or a hospital; or

    • (f) when the motor vehicle is being operated to escort a lawfully detained person by—

      • (i) a personal guard; or

      • (ii) a Police employee; or

      • (iii) a security officer; or

    • (g) when the only person or persons being carried in the vehicle, in addition to the driver, is or are present—

      • (i) to service or test the vehicle; or

      • (ii) to instruct or test the driver; or

      • (iii) to receive instruction; or

    • (h) when the driver is a private chauffeur.

    (3) In subclause (2)(f),—

    personal guard has the meaning given to it in section 10 of the Private Security Personnel and Private Investigators Act 2010

    Police employee has the meaning given to it in section 4 of the Policing Act 2008

    security officer means a person appointed or engaged under section 17 of the Corrections Act 2004.

    Clause 26(1)(b): revoked, on 1 October 2007, by section 95(11) of the Land Transport Amendment Act 2005 (2005 No 77).

    Clause 26(2)(f): replaced, on 1 November 2012, by clause 7(1) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2012 (SR 2012/302).

    Clause 26(2)(g): added, on 1 June 2006, by clause 12(2) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2006 (SR 2006/84).

    Clause 26(2)(h): added, on 1 June 2006, by clause 12(2) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2006 (SR 2006/84).

    Clause 26(3): added, on 1 June 2006, by clause 12(3) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2006 (SR 2006/84).

    Clause 26(3) personal guard: inserted, on 1 April 2011, by section 121(2) of the Private Security Personnel and Private Investigators Act 2010 (2010 No 115).

    Clause 26(3) Police employee: inserted, on 1 November 2012, by clause 7(2) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2012 (SR 2012/302).

    Clause 26(3) security guard: revoked, on 1 April 2011, by section 121(2) of the Private Security Personnel and Private Investigators Act 2010 (2010 No 115).

    Clause 26(3) security officer: substituted, on 16 June 2008, by clause 9 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2008 (SR 2008/119).

27 Obtaining passenger endorsement
  • (1) A person is entitled to obtain a passenger endorsement on that person's driver licence if—

    • (a) the person has made an application in accordance with Part 3; and

    • (b) the person holds, and has held for at least 2 years, a New Zealand full licence of a class other than Class 6; and

    • (c) the person passes a full licence test under clause 48 unless, in the 5 years immediately preceding the date of application, the person has passed a full licence test required for a Class 1 licence; and

    • (d) the person provides evidence of his or her successful completion of an approved course of a type specified in clause 93(b)(i); and

    • (e) the person produces a medical certificate in accordance with clause 44; and

    • (f) the person consents to the carrying out of checks as to whether or not the person is a fit and proper person to be the holder of a passenger endorsement, and consents to the carrying out of those checks from time to time during the period of validity of the endorsement; and

    • (g) the Agency is satisfied in accordance with clause 35(1) that the person is a fit and proper person to be the holder of a passenger endorsement.

    (2) Despite subclause (1), a person need not comply with paragraph (d) of that subclause if,—

    • (a) at the close of 2 May 1999, the person held a Class CL or Class DL licence; and

    • (b) the person applies for a passenger endorsement before 3 May 2001.

    Clause 27(1)(a): replaced, on 1 December 2014, by clause 13 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2014 (LI 2014/265).

    Clause 27(1)(b): amended, on 1 October 2011, by clause 18 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

    Clause 27(1)(c): amended, on 1 August 2011, by section 100(4) of the Land Transport (Road Safety and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2011 (2011 No 13).

    Clause 27(1)(c): amended, on 1 June 2006, by clause 13(2) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2006 (SR 2006/84).

    Clause 27(1)(f): amended, on 4 October 1999, by clause 10(1) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 1999 (SR 1999/302).

    Clause 27(1)(g): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 27(2): added, on 4 October 1999, by clause 10(2) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 1999 (SR 1999/302).

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

28 When special-type vehicle endorsement required
  • A person who drives a special-type vehicle on a road must hold the appropriate special-type vehicle endorsement as specified in Schedule 4, unless the person holds a class 2 licence and the vehicle—

    • (a) is also an agricultural motor vehicle; and

    • (b) has a gross laden weight of less than 18 000 kg; and

    • (c) is driven at a speed not exceeding 40 kph.

    Clause 28: replaced, on 1 June 2013, by clause 7 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2013 (SR 2013/100).

29 Obtaining special-type endorsement
  • A person is entitled to obtain a special-type endorsement on that person's driver licence if the person—

    • (a) has made an application in accordance with Part 3; and

    • (b) holds a New Zealand full licence of a class, other than Class 6, that authorises the person to drive motor vehicles of an equivalent gross laden weight to the special-type vehicle the person intends to drive; and

    • (c) provides a certificate showing successful completion by the person of the appropriate approved course of a type specified in subparagraphs (v) to (viii) of clause 93(b).

    Clause 29(a): replaced, on 1 December 2014, by clause 14 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2014 (LI 2014/265).

    Clause 29(b): amended, on 1 October 2011, by clause 19 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

Testing officer (O) endorsement

30 When testing officer endorsement required
  • A person who conducts tests of practical driving skill required under clause 48 or clause 49 must hold a testing officer endorsement.

31 Obtaining testing officer endorsement
  • A person is entitled to obtain a testing officer endorsement on that person's driver licence if—

    • (a) the person has made an application in accordance with Part 3; and

    • (b) the person holds, and has held for at least 2 years, a New Zealand full licence of a class other than Class 6; and

    • (ba) the person passes a full licence test under clause 48 unless, in the 5 years immediately preceding the date of application, the person has passed a full licence test required for a Class 1 licence; and

    • (c) the person passes a certification test under clause 54; and

    • (d) the person produces a medical certificate in accordance with clause 44; and

    • (e) the person consents to the carrying out of checks as to whether or not the person is a fit and proper person to be the holder of a testing officer endorsement, and consents to the carrying out of those checks from time to time during the period of validity of the endorsement; and

    • (f) the Agency is satisfied in accordance with clause 35(1) that the person is a fit and proper person to be the holder of a testing officer endorsement.

    Clause 31(a): replaced, on 1 December 2014, by clause 15 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2014 (LI 2014/265).

    Clause 31(b): amended, on 1 October 2011, by clause 20 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

    Clause 31(ba): inserted, on 1 June 2006, by clause 14 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2006 (SR 2006/84).

    Clause 31(ba): amended, on 1 August 2011, by section 100(4) of the Land Transport (Road Safety and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2011 (2011 No 13).

    Clause 31(e): amended, on 4 October 1999, by clause 11 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 1999 (SR 1999/302).

    Clause 31(f): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

32 Holder of testing officer endorsement must retain records of driver testing undertaken and comply with requirements arising out of audits
  • The holder of a testing officer endorsement must—

    • (a) retain, for at least 12 months after the testing is provided, records of the driver testing undertaken by the person for hire or reward; and

    • (b) comply with any requirement made in writing by the Agency to that person arising out of an audit of that person under section 198 of the Act.

    Clause 32(b): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

Vehicle recovery (V) endorsement

33 When vehicle recovery endorsement required
  • A person who drives a vehicle recovery service vehicle while it is being used in a vehicle recovery service must hold a vehicle recovery endorsement.

34 Obtaining vehicle recovery endorsement
  • (1) A person is entitled to obtain a vehicle recovery endorsement on that person's driver licence if—

    • (a) the person has made an application in accordance with Part 3; and

    • (b) the person holds, and has held for at least 2 years, a New Zealand full licence of a class other than Class 6; and

    • (c) the person passes a full licence test under clause 48 unless, in the 5 years immediately preceding the date of application, the person has passed a full licence test required for a Class 1 licence; and

    • (d) the person provides evidence of successful completion by the person of an approved course of a type specified in clause 93(b)(ii); and

    • (e) the person produces a medical certificate in accordance with clause 44; and

    • (f) the person consents to the carrying out of checks as to whether or not the person is a fit and proper person to be the holder of a vehicle recovery endorsement, and consents to the carrying out of those checks from time to time during the period of validity of the endorsement; and

    • (g) the Agency is satisfied in accordance with clause 35(1) that the person is a fit and proper person to be the holder of a vehicle recovery endorsement.

    (2) Despite subclause (1), a person need not comply with paragraph (d) of that subclause if,—

    • (a) at the close of 2 May 1999, the person held a Class NL licence; and

    • (b) the person applies for a vehicle recovery endorsement before 3 May 2001.

    Clause 34(1)(a): replaced, on 1 December 2014, by clause 16 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2014 (LI 2014/265).

    Clause 34(1)(b): amended, on 1 October 2011, by clause 21 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

    Clause 34(1)(c): amended, on 1 August 2011, by section 100(4) of the Land Transport (Road Safety and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2011 (2011 No 13).

    Clause 34(1)(c): amended, on 1 June 2006, by clause 15(2) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2006 (SR 2006/84).

    Clause 34(1)(f): amended, on 4 October 1999, by clause 12(1) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 1999 (SR 1999/302).

    Clause 34(1)(g): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 34(2): added, on 4 October 1999, by clause 12(2) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 1999 (SR 1999/302).

35 Criteria and procedure in relation to fit and proper person test
  • (1) In determining whether the applicant for, or the holder of, an endorsement specified in column 1 of the table to this subclause is a fit and proper person for the purposes of this rule, the Agency may consider, and give such relative weight as the Agency considers fit to, the criteria in subpart 2 of Part 4A of the Act set out in column 2 of the table to this subclause in relation to that type of endorsement.

    Table to clause 35(1)
    Type of endorsementCriteria in subpart 2 of Part 4A of Act
    Driving instructorsection 30C
     section 30D
    Passengersection 30C
     

    section 30D (in the case of a person who is driving or intends to drive small passenger service vehicles)

     

    section 30E (in the case of a person who is driving or intends to drive large passenger service vehicles)

    Testing officersection 30C
     section 30D
    Vehicle recoverysection 30C
     section 30D

    (2) The Agency may, for the purpose of determining whether or not a person is a fit and proper person for the purposes of this rule,—

    • (a) seek and receive such information as the Agency thinks fit; and

    • (b) consider information obtained from any source.

    (3) If the Agency proposes to take into account any information that is or may be prejudicial to the person, the Agency must disclose that information to the person and give the person a reasonable opportunity to refute or comment on it.

    (4) Nothing in subclause (3) requires the Agency to disclose any information the disclosure of which would be likely to endanger the safety of any person.

    (5) Nothing in this clause limits or affects the provisions of Part 4A of the Act in respect of any transport service driver.

    Clause 35(1): substituted, on 1 October 2007, by section 95(11) of the Land Transport Amendment Act 2005 (2005 No 77).

    Clause 35(1): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 35(2): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 35(2)(a): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 35(3): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 35(4): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 35(5): amended, on 1 December 2014, by clause 17 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2014 (LI 2014/265).

Part 6
Driver identification cards

36 Application for driver identification card
  • (1) An application for a driver identification card required under clauses 3.2, 10.3, and 11.3 of Land Transport Rule: Operator Licensing 2007 must be in accordance with Part 3.

    (2) The applicant must provide a unique identifier as described in clauses 3.2, 10.3, and 11.3 of Land Transport Rule: Operator Licensing 2007.

    Clause 36: replaced, on 1 December 2014, by clause 18 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2014 (LI 2014/265).

Driver identification card property of Agency

  • Heading: amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

37 Driver identification card property of Agency
  • (1) A driver identification card issued to a person under clauses 3.2, 10.3, and 11.3 of Land Transport Rule: Operator Licensing 2007 is the property of the Agency.

    (2) A person must surrender his or her driver identification card as and when required under this rule.

    Clause 37 heading: amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 37(1): amended, on 1 December 2014, by clause 19 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2014 (LI 2014/265).

    Clause 37(1): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

Part 7
Medical fitness

38 Eyesight testing
  • (1) An applicant for a driver licence or an endorsement, or for the renewal of a driver licence or an endorsement, must either—

    • (a) have the applicant's eyesight tested by a licensing agent; or

    • (b) provide a licensing agent with a certificate issued by a optometrist or medical practitioner within 60 days of the date that it is produced to the licensing agent stating that the applicant's eyesight complies with the standards specified in subclause (2).

    (2) An applicant to whom subclause (1) applies must,—

    • (a) in the case of an applicant with vision in both eyes who applies to obtain a Class 1 or Class 6 driver licence, or a dangerous goods or special type vehicle endorsement,—

      • (i) have a visual acuity of at least 6/12 using both eyes; and

      • (ii) have a visual field of at least 140 degrees; and

    • (b) in the case of an applicant with vision only in 1 eye who applies to obtain a Class 1 or Class 6 driver licence, or a dangerous goods or special-type vehicle endorsement,—

      • (i) have a visual acuity of at least 6/12 in 1 eye; and

      • (ii) have a visual field of at least 140 degrees in that eye; and

    • (c) to obtain a driver licence of classes 2 to 5, or a passenger, vehicle recovery, driving instructor, or testing officer endorsement,—

      • (i) have a visual acuity of at least 6/9 using both eyes and at least 6/18 using each eye separately; and

      • (ii) have a visual field of at least 140 degrees.

    (3) The minimum eyesight standards specified in subclause (2) may be met either with or without correcting lenses.

    (4) If an applicant to whom subclause (1) applies fails an eyesight test administered by a licensing agent, the agent must advise the applicant that the applicant may provide a certificate in accordance with subclause (1)(b) as an alternative method of satisfying the requirements of subclause (2).

    (5) A licensing agent is not required to administer an eyesight test to an applicant with vision only in 1 eye to whom subclause (1) applies, but must advise the applicant that the applicant must produce a certificate in accordance with subclause (1)(b) to satisfy the requirements of subclause (2).

    Clause 38(1)(b): amended, on 18 September 2004, by section 175(3) of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (2003 No 48).

    Clause 38(2)(a)(i): amended, on 1 October 2011, by clause 22 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

39 Medical declaration
  • (1) If an applicant for a driver licence or an endorsement, or for a renewal of a driver licence or an endorsement, has suffered from any medical condition or conditions (including any condition relating to eyesight) that has, to the applicant's knowledge, in the 5 years immediately preceding the date of application adversely affected the applicant's ability to drive safely, the applicant must—

    • (a) state this fact on the application form; and

    • (b) produce with the application form a medical certificate that complies with clause 44.

    (2) If an applicant for a driver licence or an endorsement, or for a renewal of a driver licence or an endorsement, has suffered from any medical condition or conditions (including any conditions relating to eyesight) that could, to the applicant's knowledge, adversely affect the ability of the applicant to drive safely, but has not done so in the 5 years immediately preceding the date of application, the applicant must—

    • (a) state this fact on the application form; and

    • (b) sign a statement to that effect.

    (3) If the applicant for a driver licence or an endorsement, or for a renewal of a driver licence or an endorsement, does not suffer from any medical condition or conditions (including conditions relating to eyesight) that could, to the applicant's knowledge, adversely affect the ability of the applicant to drive safely, the applicant must—

    • (a) state this fact on the application form; and

    • (b) sign a statement to that effect.

    Clause 39(2)(b): amended, on 1 October 2011, by clause 23(1) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

    Clause 39(3): added, on 1 October 2011, by clause 23(2) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

40 Special medical examination
  • (1) The Agency may require any of the following persons to undergo a medical examination if he or she considers that there are reasonable grounds to require the person to undergo a medical examination in the interests of public safety:

    • (a) an applicant for a driver licence:

    • (b) an applicant for an endorsement:

    • (c) an applicant for the renewal of a driver licence:

    • (d) an applicant for the renewal of an endorsement.

    (2) A licensing agent (other than the Agency) may, if the licensing agent considers that there may be grounds for requiring an applicant to be medically examined under subclause (1), refer any application for a driver licence or an endorsement, or for the renewal of a driver licence or an endorsement, to the Agency to enable the Agency to consider whether to require a medical examination under subclause (1).

    Clause 40(1): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 40(2): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

41 Requirements of medical examination
  • (1) A medical examination required under clause 40(1) must be carried out by—

    • (a) a medical practitioner, a optometrist, or a occupational therapist, nominated by the applicant; or

    • (b) a medical practitioner, or a optometrist, or a occupational therapist, nominated by the Agency.

    (2) The Agency may nominate a person under subclause (1)(b) only if—

    • (a) the applicant fails to nominate a person under subclause (1)(a); or

    • (b) the Agency is not satisfied that the person nominated by the applicant is appropriately qualified to undertake the medical examination.

    (3) A person who is nominated to undertake a medical examination under subclause (1) must be a member of one of the class or classes of registered health professional that, in the opinion of the Agency, is appropriately qualified to undertake the examination in the particular case.

    (4) A medical examination required under clause 40(1) must be carried out having regard to the document issued by the Agency entitled Medical Aspects of Fitness to Drive: A Guide for Medical Practitioners.

    Clause 41(1)(a): amended, on 18 September 2004, by section 175(3) of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (2003 No 48).

    Clause 41(1)(b): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 41(1)(b): amended, on 18 September 2004, by section 175(3) of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (2003 No 48).

    Clause 41(2): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 41(2)(b): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 41(3): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 41(4): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

42 Powers of Agency
  • The Agency may decline to issue or renew a driver licence or endorsement or may issue or renew the licence or endorsement with conditions—

    • (a) if an applicant refuses or fails to undergo an examination required under clause 40(1); or

    • (b) if, following an examination required under clause 40(1), the Agency—

      • (i) is satisfied on medical grounds that the applicant is not a fit and proper person to be granted a driver licence or endorsement of the relevant class or type; or

      • (ii) considers that, in the interests of public safety, any driver licence or endorsement held by the applicant requires conditions that take into account any relevant physical or mental condition of the applicant.

    Clause 42 heading: amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 42: amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 42(b): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

43 Advice of right to appeal
  • The Agency must give written notice to an applicant whose application for the issue or renewal of a driver licence or endorsement has been declined under clause 42, or granted subject to conditions under that clause, of the rights of appeal given by section 106 of the Act.

    Clause 43: amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

General provision about medical certificates

[Revoked]

  • Heading: revoked, on 4 December 2006, by clause 7 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule (No 2) 2006 (SR 2006/152).

44 Medical certificates
  • (1) A person who is required by this rule to produce a medical certificate to any person must—

    • (a) obtain, from a person who is a member of 1 or more of the class or classes of registered health professional qualified to issue the certificate, a certificate that states whether the person is medically fit to drive under the applicable class of licence or type of endorsement, having regard to the document issued by the Agency entitled Medical Aspects of Fitness to Drive: A Guide for Medical Practitioners; and

    • (b) pay the appropriate fee (if any) specified in or assessed in accordance with regulations made under the Act.

    (1A) In the case of a person applying for a driver licence of Classes 2 to 5, a Class 1 medical certificate issued under Part 2A of the Civil Aviation Act 1990 and Part 67 of the Civil Aviation Rules may be produced instead of a medical certificate described in subclause (1)(a).

    (2) A medical certificate produced under this rule is valid only if it is issued within 60 days before the date on which it is produced.

    (2A) A medical certificate produced under subclause (1A) may be—

    • (a) the original certificate; or

    • (b) a copy of that certificate certified by a solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand, a registrar of a District Court, a Justice of the Peace, or the medical practitioner who issued the certificate.

    (3) A person who would otherwise be required by this rule to produce a medical certificate is not required to do so if—

    • (a) the person has obtained, in the 5 years immediately preceding the date of application for the issue or renewal of a driver licence or endorsement, another driver licence or endorsement for which the person was required to produce a medical certificate to the same medical standards as required in subclause (1); and

    • (b) the person provides the licensing agent with a signed statement that any adverse condition the person suffers from that may affect the person's ability to drive safely has not worsened since the medical certificate referred to in subclause (3)(a) was produced.

    (4) Subclause (3) does not apply to a medical certificate required in respect of an applicant—

    • (a) for a driver licence who is 75 years of age or over; or

    (5) This clause does not apply to a medical certificate issued under clause 38(1)(b).

    Clause 44(1)(a): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 44(1A): inserted, on 1 June 2006, by clause 16(1) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2006 (SR 2006/84).

    Clause 44(2A): inserted, on 1 June 2006, by clause 16(2) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2006 (SR 2006/84).

    Clause 44(4): substituted, on 1 October 2011, by clause 24 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

44A Obligations of person who issues medical certificate
  • (1) This clause applies if a medical certificate is required for the purposes of this rule.

    (2) The person who issues the medical certificate must, as soon as practicable, give written notice to the Agency of his or her assessment if he or she assesses the applicant as not medically fit to drive a motor vehicle for which a driver licence is required.

    Clause 44A: inserted, on 4 December 2006, by clause 8 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule (No 2) 2006 (SR 2006/152).

    Clause 44A(2): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

44B Applicants may be referred for on-road safety test
  • (1) This clause applies if a medical certificate is required for a Class 1 or Class 6 licence and the applicant—

    • (a) is 75 years of age or older; or

    • (b) is 74 years of age or older and is renewing his or her licence under clause 67(5)(a).

    (2) The person who issues the medical certificate may refer the applicant for an on-road safety test if he or she—

    • (a) assesses the applicant as medically fit to drive under the applicable class of licence; but

    • (b) has significant doubts about the applicant's ability to drive safely.

    (3) This clause does not apply if a medical certificate is required only for the renewal of an endorsement on a Class 1 driver licence.

    Clause 44B: inserted, on 4 December 2006, by clause 8 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule (No 2) 2006 (SR 2006/152).

Part 8
Theory and practical tests for driver licences

Theory tests

45 Theory tests required
  • (1) An applicant for a driver licence—

    • (a) of any of Classes 1L, 2L, 3L, 5L, or 6L; or

    • (b) for a licence of any class if the applicant is required under any other provision of this rule to pass a theory test—

    must pass the appropriate theory test approved by the Agency in relation to the class of licence sought.

    (1A) Despite subclause (1), a person does not have to pass the appropriate theory test approved by the Agency if,—

    • (a) at the close of 2 May 1999, the person held a Class LL licence; and

    • (b) the person applies for a Class 3L or Class 5L licence before 3 May 2001.

    (2) This clause is subject to clause 53.

    Clause 45(1): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 45(1): amended, on 16 January 2006, by section 95(12) of the Land Transport Amendment Act 2005 (2005 No 77).

    Clause 45(1A): inserted, on 4 October 1999, by clause 14 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 1999 (SR 1999/302).

    Clause 45(1A): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 45(1A): amended, on 16 January 2006, by section 95(12) of the Land Transport Amendment Act 2005 (2005 No 77).

46 Standard for passing theory test
  • An applicant passes a theory test approved by the Agency if the applicant answers correctly the number of questions required to be answered correctly as approved by the Agency.

    Clause 46: amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 46: amended, on 16 January 2006, by section 95(12) of the Land Transport Amendment Act 2005 (2005 No 77).

47 Theory test to be conducted by licensing agent or testing officer
  • A theory test must be conducted by a licensing agent or a testing officer.

Practical driving tests

48 Practical skills tests required
  • (1) An applicant for a Class 6L licence must take a basic handling skills test approved by the Agency.

    (2) An applicant for a Class 1R or 6R licence must take the appropriate restricted licence test approved by the Agency in relation to the class of licence sought.

    (3) An applicant for a Class 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 licence must take the appropriate full licence test approved by the Agency in relation to the class of licence sought.

    (4) Except as provided in subclause (5) or clause 53, the applicant must, in accordance with Schedule 3, take the practical driving test in a vehicle to which the class of licence sought relates.

    (5) An applicant may take the practical driving test in an appropriately configured or loaded vehicle of a class other than that to which the class of licence sought relates if the Agency approves the use of that other vehicle for the test.

    Clause 48: substituted, on 1 August 2011, by section 100(4) of the Land Transport (Road Safety and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2011 (2011 No 13).

49 On-road safety test
  • (1) An applicant for a Class 1 or Class 6 licence must pass the on-road safety test if he or she is referred for the test under clause 44B.

    (2) The applicant must take the test in a vehicle to which the class of licence sought relates in accordance with Schedule 3.

    (3) If the applicant fails the test and his or her driver licence has expired or been revoked, a temporary driver licence issued under section 24(3) of the Act may be made subject to the condition specified in clause 16(1)(a).

    (4) An applicant is not required to pass the on-road safety test if he or she is required to complete a practical driving test under clause 48.

    Clause 49: substituted, on 4 December 2006, by clause 9 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule (No 2) 2006 (SR 2006/152).

49A Transitional provision for applicants 80 years and over applying for driver licence
  • (1) This clause applies to an applicant for a driver licence who—

    • (a) is 80 years of age or over; and

    • (b) failed his or her most recent attempt at the test in Part F of Schedule 6 before the commencement of this clause.

    (2) The applicant must pass the on-road safety test in order to obtain his or her licence, in addition to the other requirements of this rule.

    Clause 49A: inserted, on 4 December 2006, by clause 9 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule (No 2) 2006 (SR 2006/152).

50 Practical driving test not to be completed using certain vehicles
  • No practical driving test may be taken on a moped, all-terrain vehicle, tractor, or special-type vehicle.

    Clause 50: amended, on 16 June 2008, by clause 10 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2008 (SR 2008/119).

51 Standard for passing practical test
  • An applicant passes a practical test approved by the Agency if the applicant passes the test to the standard determined by the Agency.

    Clause 51: substituted, on 1 August 2011, by section 100(4) of the Land Transport (Road Safety and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2011 (2011 No 13).

52 Persons who may conduct practical driving tests
  • (1) A practical driving test may be conducted by a person who is—

    • (a) a testing officer; and

    • (b) either employed by, or under contract to,—

      • (i) the Authority; or

      • (ii) an agent of the Authority; or

      • (iii) the New Zealand Defence Force.

    (2) Despite subclause (1), a basic motorcycle handling skills test approved by the Agency may only be carried out by—

    • (a) a person referred to in subclause (1); or

    • (b) an approved motorcycle instructor.

    (3) The Agency may approve a motorcycle instructor to conduct the test referred to in subclause (2).

    Clause 52: substituted, on 1 June 2006, by clause 19 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2006 (SR 2006/84).

    Clause 52(2): amended, on 1 August 2011, by section 100(4) of the Land Transport (Road Safety and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2011 (2011 No 13).

    Clause 52(3): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

52A Practical driving test may be terminated
  • A testing officer may terminate a practical driving test at any time during the course of the test if, in the opinion of the testing officer, the applicant—

    • (b) is wholly or partly responsible for an accident; or

    • (c) is unable, because of lack of driving ability, to carry out an instruction of the testing officer; or

    • (d) exceeds the applicable speed limit by more than 10 km/h; or

    • (e) fails to comply with give-way rules or give-way signs; or

    • (f) fails to comply with traffic signals or stop signs.

    Clause 52A: inserted, on 1 June 2006, by clause 19 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2006 (SR 2006/84).

Applicant for more than 1 class of licence

53 Applicant for more than 1 class of licence
  • (1) Subject to subclause (2), a person who is—

    • (a) applying for the renewal of a driver licence where the person is the holder of more than 1 class of licence; or

    • (b) applying for a replacement licence under clause 86; or

    • (c) applying for a New Zealand driver licence of more than 1 class under clause 89,—

    is only required to complete 1 practical driving test if the applicant completes the appropriate practical driving test in a vehicle to which the highest class of licence sought relates in accordance with Schedule 3.

    (2) A person who is applying for a Class 6 licence in addition to any other class or classes of licence must complete the appropriate practical driving test on a motorcycle, in addition to completing the appropriate practical driving test in relation to the other class or classes of licence sought.

    (3) Subject to subclause (4), a person referred to in paragraph (a) or paragraph (b) or paragraph (c) of subclause (1) is only required to complete 1 theory test if the person completes the appropriate theory test required for the highest class of licence sought.

    (4) A person who is applying for a Class 6 licence in addition to any other class or classes of licence must complete the appropriate theory test required for a Class 6 licence in addition to completing the appropriate theory test in relation to the other class or classes of licence sought.

Certification test for testing officer

54 Certification test for testing officer
  • An applicant for a testing officer endorsement must complete the certification test approved by the Agency to the standard determined by the Agency.

    Clause 54: substituted, on 1 August 2011, by section 100(4) of the Land Transport (Road Safety and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2011 (2011 No 13).

Person taking test must produce identification

55 Person taking test must produce identification
  • A person undertaking a test required under this Part must present to the person conducting the test either—

    • (a) the person's photographic driver licence or a current temporary driver licence that is accompanied by a form of photographic identification of the applicant that is acceptable to the Agency; or

    Clause 55(a): amended, on 1 October 2011, by clause 25(1) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

    Clause 55(b): amended, on 1 December 2014, by clause 20 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2014 (LI 2014/265).

    Clause 55(b): amended, on 1 October 2011, by clause 25(2) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

Part 9
Conditions relating to driver licences and endorsements

56 Conditions relating to physical disability
  • (1) The Agency may direct that a person may drive a motor vehicle only if the person complies with 1 or more of the following conditions:

    • (a) the person uses correcting lenses, an occluder covering 1 eye, aids to hearing, or artificial limbs, that the Agency considers are appropriate; or

    • (b) the person drives the vehicle during periods, and under circumstances, that the Agency considers are appropriate given—

      • (i) the person's physical or mental condition at the time of application; or

      • (ii) the outcome of a review of the person's fitness to drive under clause 77(1); or

    • (c) the vehicle is specially adapted or has specified features; or

    • (d) the person consults with a medical practitioner, optometrist, or occupational therapist at intervals specified by the Agency.

    (2) The Agency must notify a person on whose driver licence or endorsement conditions have been imposed under subclause (1) of the rights of appeal given by section 106 of the Act.

    Clause 56(1): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 56(1)(a): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 56(1)(b): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 56(1)(d): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 56(1)(d): amended, on 18 September 2004, by section 175(3) of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (2003 No 48).

    Clause 56(2): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

57 Condition imposed on Class 1R licence in relation to driving motor vehicle with automatic transmission
  • The Agency must impose a condition on a person's Class 1R licence permitting the person to drive only a motor vehicle with an automatic transmission if, when obtaining a Class 1R licence, the person passes the restricted licence test under clause 48 in a motor vehicle with an automatic transmission.

    Clause 57: substituted, on 1 June 2006, by clause 20 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2006 (SR 2006/84).

    Clause 57: amended, on 1 August 2011, by section 100(4) of the Land Transport (Road Safety and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2011 (2011 No 13).

    Clause 57: amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

57A Transitional provision for condition relating to automatic transmission vehicle
  • (1) In the case of an existing driver licence of a driver who is 80 years of age or over, a condition that the person is permitted to drive only a vehicle with automatic transmission, imposed as a result of passing a driving test in a vehicle with automatic transmission,—

    • (a) does not apply unless subclause (2) also applies; and

    • (b) must be removed from the driver licence of the applicant when he or she renews or replaces his or her licence unless subclause (2) applies.

    (2) Despite subclause (1), a driver who is 80 years of age or over who renews or replaces his or her driver licence may be subject to a condition imposed on medical grounds that allows that person to drive only a motor vehicle with an automatic transmission.

    Clause 57A: inserted, on 1 June 2006, by clause 20 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2006 (SR 2006/84).

58 Removal of condition relating to automatic transmission
  • A condition under clause 57 must be removed if the person to whom it applies,—

    • (a) being less than 80 years of age, holds a restricted licence, and passes a full licence test under clause 48; or

    • (b) being less than 80 years of age, passes a restricted licence test under clause 48 in a motor vehicle with a manual transmission.

    • (c) [Revoked]

    Clause 58(b): amended, on 1 August 2011, by section 100(4) of the Land Transport (Road Safety and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2011 (2011 No 13).

    Clause 58(b): amended, on 1 June 2006, by clause 21 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2006 (SR 2006/84).

    Clause 58(c): revoked, on 1 June 2006, by clause 21 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2006 (SR 2006/84).

59 Condition relating to automatic transmission not to apply in certain circumstances
  • A condition under clause 57 does not apply if the person is driving a manual vehicle while accompanied by a person who—

    • (a) holds, and has held for at least 2 years, a full licence of a class that authorises that person to drive that vehicle; and

    • (b) is in charge of the vehicle; and

    • (c) is seated in the front passenger seat or, if there is no front passenger seat available, is seated as close as is practicable to the driver.

Part 10
Period of validity of driver licences and endorsements

60 Period of validity of driver licence
  • (1) A driver licence that is obtained or renewed under this rule may be issued for a period of 10 years except that,—

    • (a) if the person is at least 64 years of age but younger than 75 years of age at the date of the issue of the licence, the expiry date specified on the licence must be,—

      • (i) unless subparagraph (ii) applies, the date of the person's 75th birthday:

      • (ii) if the licence is of Class 1L, Class 1R, Class 6L, or Class 6R, 5 years after the date of issue, or the person's 75th birthday, whichever is the earlier:

    • (b) if the person is at least 75 years of age but younger than 80 years of age at the date of the issue of the licence, the expiry date specified on the licence must be the date of the person's 80th birthday:

    • (c) if the person is 80 years of age or over at the date of the issue of the licence, the expiry date specified on the licence must be the next birthday of the applicant that is a whole multiple of 2:

    • (ca) if the licence is of Class 1L, Class 1R, Class 6L, or Class 6R, the expiry date for that licence must be 5 years after the date of the issue of the licence:

    • (d) if a renewed licence is issued under clause 67(5) with an expiry date that is more than 10 years after the date of the issue of the licence, the licence expires on the date specified on the licence.

    (1A) Nothing in subclause (1)(ca) applies in a case to which subclause (1)(b) or (c) applies.

    (2) A driver licence that is replaced under this rule must be issued with an expiry date that is the same as the expiry date of the licence being replaced.

    (3) Despite subclause (1), but subject to subclause (3A), the Agency may extend the period of validity of a driver licence for a period not exceeding 1 year.

    (3A) The period of validity of a driver licence of Class 1L, Class 1R, Class 6L, or Class 6R must not be extended beyond the expiry date on the licence unless the holder of the licence passes an appropriate theory test in accordance with clause 45(1)(b).

    (4) The period of validity of a driver licence is not affected by the holder obtaining a driver licence or endorsement of any other class or type.

    (5) Despite subclause (4), if a person who holds a driver licence obtains an additional licence class or endorsement, the person's existing licence may be reissued with an expiry date in accordance with subclause (1) from the date of issue, but only if the minimum requirements of that application also satisfy the minimum requirements for renewal of the person's existing licence class or classes under clause 67.

    (6) Subclause (5) does not apply if the existing licence is of Class 1L, Class 1R, Class 6L, or Class 6R.

    Clause 60: replaced, on 1 October 2012, by clause 26 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

    Clause 60(1)(a): replaced, on 1 December 2014, by clause 21(1) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2014 (LI 2014/265).

    Clause 60(1)(ca): inserted, on 1 December 2014, by clause 21(2) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2014 (LI 2014/265).

    Clause 60(1A): inserted, on 1 December 2014, by clause 21(3) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2014 (LI 2014/265).

    Clause 60(3): replaced, on 1 December 2014, by clause 21(4) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2014 (LI 2014/265).

    Clause 60(3A): inserted, on 1 December 2014, by clause 21(4) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2014 (LI 2014/265).

    Clause 60(6): inserted, on 1 December 2014, by clause 21(5) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2014 (LI 2014/265).

61 Period of validity of endorsement
  • (1) A dangerous goods endorsement may be issued for a period of 5 years.

    (2) Subject to subclause (3), a passenger, vehicle recovery, driving instructor, or testing officer endorsement may be issued for a period of 1 year or a period of 5 years.

    (3) If a person who holds a passenger, vehicle recovery, driving instructor, or testing officer endorsement obtains an additional endorsement that is a passenger, vehicle recovery, driving instructor, or testing officer endorsement, the additional endorsement expires on the same date as the previous endorsement.

    (4) A special-type vehicle endorsement expires on the same date as the holder's driver licence.

    Clause 61: substituted, on 4 October 1999, by clause 16 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 1999 (SR 1999/302).

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

62 Features to verify and protect licence integrity
  • A driver licence (other than a temporary driver licence) must have the following features for the purposes of verifying or protecting the integrity of the licence:

    • (a) physical characteristics that comply with International Standards Organisation 7810: Identification Cards—Physical Characteristics: 1995:

    • (b) the following background colour:

      • (i) for a full driver licence, green:

      • (ii) for a restricted driver licence, yellow:

      • (iii) for a learner driver licence, blue:

      • (iv) for a a limited licence, an alcohol interlock licence, or a zero alcohol licence, such background colour as the Agency considers desirable to protect the integrity of the licence:

      • (v) for a driver licence if the holder holds licences to which 2 or more of paragraphs (i) to (iv) apply, such background colour as the Agency considers desirable to protect the integrity of the licence:

    • (c) the words NEW ZEALAND DRIVER LICENCE:

    • (d) the word LEARNER, if the driver licence is a learner licence:

    • (e) the word LIMITED, if the driver licence is a limited licence issued under section 105 of the Act:

    • (f) the word RESTRICTED, if the driver licence is a restricted licence:

    • (fa) the words “ALCOHOL INTERLOCK”, if the driver licence is an alcohol interlock licence:

    • (fb) the words “ZERO ALCOHOL”, if the driver licence is a zero alcohol licence:

    • (g) an image of the New Zealand Flag:

    • (h) a one-dimensional bar code containing the driver licence number, driver licence card number, and a quality control number:

    • (i) 1 or more of the following:

      • (i) micro-printing:

      • (ii) special fonts:

      • (iii) a ghosted image of a photographic image:

      • (iv) a holographic image:

    • (j) the expiry date of each endorsement held by the holder of the licence.

    Clause 62(b)(iv): amended, on 10 September 2012, by section 100(2) of the Land Transport (Road Safety and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2011 (2011 No 13).

    Clause 62(b)(iv): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 62(b)(v): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 62(e): amended, on 1 October 2012, by clause 27 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

    Clause 62(fa): inserted, on 10 September 2012, by section 100(2) of the Land Transport (Road Safety and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2011 (2011 No 13).

    Clause 62(fb): inserted, on 10 September 2012, by section 100(2) of the Land Transport (Road Safety and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2011 (2011 No 13).

63 Form of driver licence
  • (1) A driver licence must, at the discretion of the Agency, display the following information on either the front or back of the licence:

    • (a) the word LEARNER, if the driver licence is a learner licence:

    • (b) the word RESTRICTED, if the driver licence is a restricted licence:

    • (c) either the word LEARNER or the word RESTRICTED, if the holder holds 2 or more of those driver licences:

    • (ca) the words “ALCOHOL INTERLOCK”, if the driver licence is an alcohol interlock licence:

    • (cb) the words “ZERO ALCOHOL”, if the driver licence is a zero alcohol licence:

    • (d) the word LIMITED, if the driver licence is a limited licence issued under section 105 of the Act:

    • (e) the holder's signature:

    • (f) the original date on which the driver licence is issued:

    • (fa) the date or dates of expiry of the licence class or classes:

    • (g) the expiry date of each endorsement held by the holder of the licence:

    • (h) the holder's current address, if requested by the holder:

    • (i) the classes to which the licence applies and the endorsements issued to the holder:

    • (j) an indication of any condition the holder must comply with while driving a motor vehicle:

    • (k) the word DONOR, if the holder has indicated a willingness to be an organ donor:

    • (l) a one-dimensional bar code containing the driver licence number, driver licence card number, and a production quality control number.

    (2) A driver licence must display the following information on the front of the licence:

    • (a) the words NEW ZEALAND DRIVER LICENCE:

    • (b) an image of the New Zealand flag:

    • (c) a photographic image of the holder:

    • (d) the holder's full name, unless it is impracticable to display the name in full:

    • (e) the holder's date of birth:

    • (f) [Revoked]

    • (g) the driver licence number and driver licence card version number.

    (3) The Agency may require that anti-counterfeiting security features be included on a driver licence if the Agency considers it necessary.

    (4) An endorsement must be indicated on a driver licence in the following way:

    • (a) for all endorsements other than a driving instructor endorsement, by the appropriate single letter specified in Schedule 4:

    • (b) for a driving instructor endorsement, by the single letter specified in Schedule 4 followed by the appropriate driver licence class number specified in Schedule 3.

    Clause 63: substituted, on 1 October 2011, by clause 28 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

    Clause 63(1)(ca): inserted, on 10 September 2012, by section 100(2) of the Land Transport (Road Safety and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2011 (2011 No 13).

    Clause 63(1)(cb): inserted, on 10 September 2012, by section 100(2) of the Land Transport (Road Safety and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2011 (2011 No 13).

    Clause 63(1)(e): amended, on 1 December 2014, by clause 22(1) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2014 (LI 2014/265).

    Clause 63(1)(fa): inserted, on 1 December 2014, by clause 22(2) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2014 (LI 2014/265).

    Clause 63(2)(d): replaced, on 1 November 2012, by clause 8 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2012 (SR 2012/302).

    Clause 63(2)(f): revoked, on 1 December 2014, by clause 22(3) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2014 (LI 2014/265).

64 Form of temporary driver licence
  • (1) A temporary driver licence must be—

    • (a) printed on paper; and

    • (b) signed by the holder; and

    • (c) authenticated by a licensing agent.

    (2) A temporary driver licence must display the following on the front of the licence:

    • (a) the words TEMPORARY NEW ZEALAND DRIVER LICENCE:

    • (b) the holder's name:

    • (c) the holder's date of birth:

    • (ca) the date on which the driver licence is issued:

    • (d) the date on which the driver licence expires:

    • (e) the driver licence number and driver licence card number (if known):

    • (f) the classes of driver licence and types of endorsement issued to the holder:

    • (g) an indication of any condition the holder must comply with while driving a motor vehicle.

    (3) [Revoked]

    (4) [Revoked]

    Clause 64(2)(ca): inserted, on 1 June 2006, by clause 23 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2006 (SR 2006/84).

    Clause 64(3): revoked, on 1 October 2011, by clause 29 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

    Clause 64(4): revoked, on 1 October 2011, by clause 29 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

65 Form of driver identification card
  • (1) A driver identification card must be 105 mm high and 80 mm wide.

    (2) A driver identification card must display the following on the front of the card:

    • (a) a photographic image of the holder:

    • (b) the holder's unique identifier:

    • (c) a list of the endorsements held by the holder for which a driver identification card is required:

    • (d) the expiry date of the driver identification card.

    (3) A driver identification card must display the following on the back of the card:

    • (a) the holder's name:

    • (b) the licence number on the holder's driver licence:

    • (c) the expiry date of each endorsement covered by the driver identification card:

    • (d) an indication of any conditions with which the holder must comply when undertaking an activity for which an endorsement covered by the driver identification card is required.

    (4) A driver identification card may include 1 or more of the features specified in clause 62(i).

    (5) An endorsement must be indicated on a driver identification card by the appropriate single letter specified in Schedule 4.

66 Form of L plate
  • (1) An L plate must—

    • (a) be a rectangle with sides at least 150 mm high and 110 mm wide; and

    • (b) display the capital letter L, in black, on a yellow background.

    (2) The letter L must—

    • (a) be at least 100 mm high; and

    • (b) be at least 60 mm wide.

    (3) The width of each line of the letter L must be at least 20 mm.

    (4) An L plate must be positioned—

    • (a) so that it does not obstruct the driver's field of vision; and

    • (b) so that it is visible at a distance of 50 m in daylight.

    (5) An L plate must be attached in the following way:

    • (a) in the case of a motorcycle, moped, or all-terrain vehicle, by attaching it to the rear of the vehicle:

    • (b) in the case of a vehicle for which a Class 1 licence is required, other than a moped or an all-terrain vehicle, by attaching 1 plate visible to the front of the vehicle and another plate visible to the rear.

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

  • Part 12 heading: amended, on 16 January 2006, by section 95(12) of the Land Transport Amendment Act 2005 (2005 No 77).

Renewal of driver licence

67 Renewal of driver licence
  • (1) The Agency may, from time to time, on the application of the holder of a licence, renew the licence.

    (1A) The application may be made,—

    • (a) in the case of a licence of Class 1L, Class 1R, Class 6L, or Class 6R,—

      • (i) unless subparagraph (ii) applies, on or after the expiry date:

      • (ii) if the person is renewing a licence for a period beyond the person’s 75th birthday, before or after the expiry of the licence; and

    • (b) in any other case, before or after the expiry of the licence.

    (2) A person is entitled to have his or her driver licence renewed if the person—

    • (a) makes an application in accordance with Part 3; and

    • (b) if the application is for the renewal of a licence of any of Classes 2, 3, 4, or 5, produces a medical certificate in accordance with clause 44; and

    • (c) is renewing the licence for a period beyond the person's 75th birthday and the person produces a medical certificate in accordance with clause 44; and

    • (d) passes the on-road safety test, if referred for the test under clause 44B; and

    • (e) in the case of a licence (excluding a Class 6 licence) that has been expired for more than 5 years, passes—

      • (i) the appropriate theory test under clause 45 for the highest class of driver licence that the person is applying to renew; and

      • (ii) the appropriate practical driving test for the highest class of driver licence that the person is applying to renew in accordance with clauses 48 and 51 or successfully completes a course approved under clause 93; and

    • (f) in the case of a Class 6 licence that has been expired for more than 5 years, passes—

      • (ii) the practical driving test for Class 6 under clause 48.

    (2A) A person who has been overseas for 5 years or more does not have to comply with subclause (2)(e) or (f), if the person can provide evidence of being licensed to drive (whether in New Zealand or overseas) within the period of 5 years immediately preceding the date of the application.

    (2B) Unless subclause (2)(e) or (f) applies or the person is required to pass a theory test under clause 67A(2)(f) or (g) or the person is renewing a licence for a period beyond the person’s 75th birthday, a person whose Class 1L, Class 1R, Class 6L, or Class 6R licence has expired, or reached its expiry date, must pass an appropriate theory test in accordance with clause 45(1)(b) for the class of licence the person is applying to renew.

    (3) If a person to whom subclause (2)(e) applies complies with subclause (2)(e)(i), the person's driver licence may be renewed subject to the condition specified in clause 16(1)(a).

    (4) A condition imposed under subclause (3) continues in force until the person to whom it applies complies with subclause (2)(e)(ii).

    (4A) If a person to whom subclause (2)(f) applies complies with subclause (2)(f)(i), that person may be issued with a Class 6L licence, subject to the conditions specified in clause 16(1)(d).

    (5) A renewed driver licence may be issued with a new expiry date that would have applied had the licence been renewed on the expiry date if the licence is renewed,—

    • (a) in the case of a driver who is 74 years of age or over, not more than 6 months before the expiry date; and

    • (b) in all other cases, not more than 60 days before the expiry date.

    Clause 67(1): replaced, on 1 December 2014, by clause 23(1) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2014 (LI 2014/265).

    Clause 67(1A): inserted, on 1 December 2014, by clause 23(1) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2014 (LI 2014/265).

    Clause 67(2)(a): replaced, on 1 December 2014, by clause 23(2) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2014 (LI 2014/265).

    Clause 67(2)(c): substituted, on 1 October 2011, by clause 30(1) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

    Clause 67(2)(d): substituted, on 4 December 2006, by clause 10(1) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule (No 2) 2006 (SR 2006/152).

    Clause 67(2)(e): substituted, on 4 December 2006, by clause 10(1) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule (No 2) 2006 (SR 2006/152).

    Clause 67(2)(f): substituted, on 4 December 2006, by clause 10(1) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule (No 2) 2006 (SR 2006/152).

    Clause 67(2)(f)(ii): amended, on 1 August 2011, by section 100(4) of the Land Transport (Road Safety and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2011 (2011 No 13).

    Clause 67(2A): substituted, on 1 October 2011, by clause 30(2) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

    Clause 67(2B): inserted, on 1 December 2014, by clause 23(3) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2014 (LI 2014/265).

    Clause 67(4A): inserted, on 1 June 2006, by clause 24(3) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2006 (SR 2006/84).

    Clause 67(5): substituted, on 1 June 2006, by clause 24(3) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2006 (SR 2006/84).

67A Reinstatement of driver licence with respect to those who have been disqualified for more than 12 months after end of disqualification
  • (1) The Agency may, from time to time, on the application of a person who has been disqualified for more than 12 months, reinstate that person's licence.

    (2) A person is entitled to have his or her driver licence reinstated if—

    • (a) the person has served their disqualification, and there are no further subsequent periods of disqualification left to serve as of the date of application; and

    • (c) the person is applying for reinstatement of a licence for a period beyond the person's 75th birthday and the person produces a medical certificate in accordance with clause 44; and

    • (d) the person passes the on-road safety test, if referred for the test under clause 44B; and

    • (e) in the case of an applicant for a licence of any of Classes 2, 3, 4, or 5, the person produces a medical certificate in accordance with clause 44; and

    • (f) in the case of an applicant for a licence of any of—

      • (i) Classes 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5, the person passes—

        • (A) the appropriate theory test under clause 45 for the highest class of driver licence the person is applying to reinstate; and

        • (B) the appropriate practical driving test for the highest class of driver licence the person is applying to reinstate in accordance with clauses 48 and 51; or

      • (ii) Classes 2, 3, 4, and 5, the person completes a course approved under clause 93 (if any); and

    • (g) in the case of an applicant for a Class 6 driver licence, the person passes—

      • (i) the theory test for a Class 6 licence under clause 45(1); and

      • (ii) the practical driving test for a Class 6 licence under clause 51 or clause 48, as appropriate.

    (2A) To have the licence reinstated, the person must apply in accordance with Part 3.

    (3) If a person to whom subclause (2)(f) applies complies with subclause (2)(f)(i)(A), the person's driver licence may be reinstated subject to the condition specified in clause 16(1)(a).

    (4) A condition imposed under subclause (3) continues in force until the person to whom it applies complies with subclause (2)(f)(i)(B) or subclause (2)(f)(ii).

    (5) If a person to whom subclause (2)(g) applies complies with subclause (2)(g)(i), the person's driver licence may be reinstated subject to the conditions specified in clause 16(1)(c) and (d).

    (6) The conditions imposed under subclause (5) continue in force until the person to whom they apply complies with subclause (2)(g)(ii).

    (7) Except as provided in subclauses (8) and (9), a licence that is reinstated under this clause will retain the expiry date of the licence being reinstated.

    (8) The person must also comply with clause 67 if—

    • (a) the licence being reinstated (not being a licence described in paragraph (b)) has expired or will expire within the following 12 months; or

    • (b) the licence being reinstated is of Class 1L, Class 1R, Class 6L, or Class 6R and has expired or reached its expiry date.

    (9) A licence that is reinstated under subclause (8) will be issued with an expiry date as if the person had applied to renew the licence under clause 67.

    Clause 67A: inserted, on 16 January 2006, by section 95(12) of the Land Transport Amendment Act 2005 (2005 No 77).

    Clause 67A heading: amended, on 10 May 2011, by section 100(3) of the Land Transport (Road Safety and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2011 (2011 No 13).

    Clause 67A(1): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 67A(2)(c): substituted, on 1 October 2011, by clause 31 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

    Clause 67A(2)(d): substituted, on 4 December 2006, by clause 11(1) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule (No 2) 2006 (SR 2006/152).

    Clause 67A(2)(f)(i)(B): amended, on 4 December 2006, by clause 11(2) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule (No 2) 2006 (SR 2006/152).

    Clause 67A(2)(g)(ii): amended, on 1 August 2011, by section 100(4) of the Land Transport (Road Safety and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2011 (2011 No 13).

    Clause 67A(2A): inserted, on 1 December 2014, by clause 24(1) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2014 (LI 2014/265).

    Clause 67A(5): amended, on 16 June 2008, by clause 11 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2008 (SR 2008/119).

    Clause 67A(7): inserted, on 1 December 2014, by clause 24(2) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2014 (LI 2014/265).

    Clause 67A(8): inserted, on 1 December 2014, by clause 24(2) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2014 (LI 2014/265).

    Clause 67A(9): inserted, on 1 December 2014, by clause 24(2) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2014 (LI 2014/265).

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
  • (1) The Agency may reinstate the licence of a person who—

    • (a) has been, but is no longer, subject to—

      • (i) a period or periods of suspension for any period (other than under section 95 of the Act); or

      • (ii) a period or periods of disqualification of not more than 12 months; and

    • (b) has applied to have the person’s licence reinstated.

    (2) A person is entitled to apply to have his or her driver licence reinstated if the person has served his or her suspension or disqualification, and there are no further subsequent periods of suspension or disqualification left to serve as at the date of application.

    (3) To have the licence reinstated, the person must apply in accordance with Part 3.

    (4) Except as provided in subclauses (5) and (6), a licence that is reinstated under this clause will retain the expiry date of the licence being reinstated.

    (5) The person must also comply with clause 67 if—

    • (a) the licence being reinstated (not being a licence described in paragraph (b)) has expired or will expire within the following 12 months; or

    • (b) the licence being reinstated is of Class 1L, Class 1R, Class 6L, or Class 6R and has expired or reached its expiry date.

    (6) A licence that is reinstated under subclause (5) will be issued with an expiry date as if the person had applied to renew the licence under clause 67.

    Clause 67B: inserted, on 10 May 2011, by section 100(3) of the Land Transport (Road Safety and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2011 (2011 No 13).

    Clause 67B(3): amended, on 1 December 2014, by clause 25(1) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2014 (LI 2014/265).

    Clause 67B(4): replaced, on 1 December 2014, by clause 25(2) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2014 (LI 2014/265).

    Clause 67B(5): replaced, on 1 December 2014, by clause 25(2) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2014 (LI 2014/265).

67C Reinstatement of driver licence when there is no alcohol interlock licence or zero alcohol licence in force
  • (1) The Agency may reinstate the licence of a person who—

    • (a) has been, but is no longer, the holder of or required to hold either of the following:

      • (i) an alcohol interlock licence; or

      • (ii) a zero alcohol licence; and

    • (b) has applied to have the person’s licence reinstated.

    (2) A person is entitled to apply to have his or her driver licence reinstated if the person has been, but is no longer, the holder of or required to hold an alcohol interlock licence or a zero alcohol licence.

    (3) To have the licence reinstated, the person must apply in accordance with Part 3.

    (4) Except as provided in subclauses (5) and (6), a licence that is reinstated under this clause will retain the expiry date of the licence being reinstated.

    (5) The person must also comply with clause 67 if—

    • (a) the licence being reinstated (not being a licence described in paragraph (b)) has expired or will expire within the following 12 months; or

    • (b) the licence being reinstated is of Class 1L, Class 1R, Class 6L, or Class 6R and has expired or reached its expiry date.

    (6) A licence that is reinstated under subclause (5) will be issued with an expiry date as if the person had applied to renew the licence under clause 67.

    Clause 67C: inserted, on 10 September 2012, by section 100(2) of the Land Transport (Road Safety and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2011 (2011 No 13).

    Clause 67C(3): amended, on 1 December 2014, by clause 26(1) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2014 (LI 2014/265).

    Clause 67C(4): replaced, on 1 December 2014, by clause 26(2) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2014 (LI 2014/265).

    Clause 67C(5): replaced, on 1 December 2014, by clause 26(2) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2014 (LI 2014/265).

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

    Clause 68: revoked, on 1 October 2011, by clause 32 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

Renewal of endorsement

69 Renewal of endorsement
  • The Agency may from time to time, on the application of the holder of an endorsement, renew the endorsement.

    Clause 69: amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

70 Renewal of passenger, vehicle recovery, driving instructor, testing officer, or dangerous goods endorsement
  • (1) Application may be made to renew a passenger, vehicle recovery, driving instructor, testing officer, or dangerous goods endorsement with the expiry date that would have applied had the licence been renewed on the expiry date.

    (1A) An application under subclause (1) must be made—

    • (a) before the fifth anniversary of the date of expiry of the endorsement; and

    • (b) not more than 60 days before the date of expiry of the endorsement.

    (2) A person is entitled to have his or her passenger, vehicle recovery, driving instructor, or testing officer endorsement renewed, for a period of 1 year or 5 years from the date of the expiry of the endorsement, or the date of renewal, whichever is later, if—

    • (a) the person makes an application in accordance with Part 3; and

    • (b) in the case of an application for the renewal of an endorsement that was issued for a period of 5 years, the person produces a medical certificate in accordance with clause 44; and

    • (ba) in the case of an application for the renewal of an endorsement that was issued for a period of less than 5 years, the person produces a medical certificate in accordance with clause 44 if the person has not, within the 5 years immediately preceding the date of the application, produced a certificate that complies with the requirements of clause 44; and

    • (c) the person consents to the carrying out of checks as to whether or not the person is a fit and proper person to be the holder of the endorsement and consents to the carrying out of those checks from time to time during the period of validity of the endorsement; and

    • (d) the Agency is satisfied in accordance with clause 35(1) that the person is a fit and proper person to be the holder of the endorsement.

    (3) A person is entitled to have his or her dangerous goods endorsement renewed, for a period of 5 years from the date of the expiry of the endorsement, or the date of renewal, whichever is later, if the person—

    • (a) makes an application in accordance with Part 3; and

    • (b) produces a certificate of successful completion by the person of an approved course of the appropriate type specified in clause 93(b)(iii) that is issued within 60 days before the date of the application for the renewal.

    Clause 70(1): substituted, on 1 June 2006, by clause 26(1) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2006 (SR 2006/84).

    Clause 70(1A): inserted, on 1 June 2006, by clause 26(1) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2006 (SR 2006/84).

    Clause 70(2): amended, on 1 June 2006, by clause 26(2) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2006 (SR 2006/84).

    Clause 70(2)(a): replaced, on 1 December 2014, by clause 27(1) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2014 (LI 2014/265).

    Clause 70(2)(b): substituted, on 4 October 1999, by clause 18(2) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 1999 (SR 1999/302).

    Clause 70(2)(ba): inserted, on 4 October 1999, by clause 18(2) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 1999 (SR 1999/302).

    Clause 70(2)(c): amended, on 4 October 1999, by clause 18(3) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 1999 (SR 1999/302).

    Clause 70(2)(d): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 70(3): amended, on 1 June 2006, by clause 26(3) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2006 (SR 2006/84).

    Clause 70(3)(a): replaced, on 1 December 2014, by clause 27(2) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2014 (LI 2014/265).

    Clause 70(3)(b): amended, on 1 October 2011, by clause 33 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

71 Renewal of special-type endorsement
  • (1) An application for the renewal of a special-type vehicle endorsement may be made before or after the date of expiry of the endorsement.

    (2) A person is entitled to have his or her special-type vehicle endorsement renewed if the person—

    • (a) makes an application in accordance with Part 3; and

    • (b) if the endorsement has been expired for more than 5 years, produces a certificate of successful completion by the person of an approved course of the appropriate type specified in subparagraphs (v) to (viii) of clause 93(b) that is issued within 60 days before the date of applying for the renewal.

    (3) A person who has been overseas for 5 years or more does not have to comply with subclause (2), if the person can provide evidence of being licensed to drive (whether in New Zealand or overseas) within the period of 5 years immediately preceding the date of the application.

    Clause 71(2)(a): replaced, on 1 December 2014, by clause 28 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2014 (LI 2014/265).

    Clause 71(2)(b): amended, on 1 October 2011, by clause 34(1) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

    Clause 71(2)(b): amended, on 1 June 2006, by clause 27 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2006 (SR 2006/84).

    Clause 71(3): added, on 1 October 2011, by clause 34(2) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

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

    Clause 72: revoked, on 1 October 2011, by clause 35 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

73 Renewal of driver identification card
  • (1) The Agency may from time to time, on the application of the holder of a driver identification card, made before or after the expiry of the card, renew the card.

    (2) The application must be made in accordance with Part 3.

    Clause 73(1): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 73(2): replaced, on 1 December 2014, by clause 29 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2014 (LI 2014/265).

Replacement of driver licence or driver identification card

74 Replacement of driver licence or driver identification card if lost, stolen, etc
  • (1) The Agency may, on the application of the holder of a driver licence or a driver identification card, issue a replacement driver licence or driver identification card.

    (2) The holder of a driver licence or a driver identification card must apply for a replacement driver licence or driver identification card, as the case may be, if—

    • (a) it is lost, stolen, destroyed, defaced, mutilated, or becomes illegible; or

    • (b) the holder's name is changed from that recorded on the licence and in the person's driver licence records, or on the driver identification card; or

    • (c) in the opinion of the Agency, the holder's appearance has changed significantly from that recorded on the licence or driver identification card.

    (3) A person is entitled to be issued with a replacement driver licence or driver identification card if the person—

    • (a) makes an application in accordance with Part 3; and

    • (b) either surrenders the previous licence or driver identification card to the licensing agent in a legible form or provides the licensing agent with a signed statement stating, as appropriate, that—

      • (i) the applicant does not have the previous driver licence or driver identification card and the circumstances in which it was lost or destroyed; or

      • (ii) the driver licence or driver identification card that the applicant has surrendered in a defaced, mutilated, or illegible form is the applicant's previous driver licence or driver identification card.

    (4) If—

    • (a) a driver licence being replaced is due to expire within 12 months of the date of the application for the replacement licence; and

    • (b) the applicant will be younger than 64 years on the date that the licence is due to expire,—

    the replacement licence may be issued with an expiry date as if the person had applied to renew the licence under clause 67.

    (5) A driver identification card that is replaced under this clause must be issued with an expiry date that is the same as the expiry date of the card being replaced.

    Clause 74(1): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 74(2)(c): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 74(3)(a): replaced, on 1 December 2014, by clause 30(1) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2014 (LI 2014/265).

    Clause 74(4): amended, on 1 December 2014, by clause 30(2) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2014 (LI 2014/265).

75 Replacement of driver licence or driver identification card if surrendered
  • (1) The Agency may, on the application of the holder of a driver licence or a driver identification card, issue a replacement licence or driver identification card to a person who surrenders a driver licence under section 30 of the Act, or delivers a driver licence or driver identification card to the Agency under clause 84 or clause 85, for those classes of licence or types of endorsement held by the person (if any) that have not been revoked or surrendered.

    (2) A driver identification card that is replaced under this clause must be issued with an expiry date that is the same as the expiry date of the card being replaced.

    Clause 75(1): amended, on 10 May 2011, by section 100(3) of the Land Transport (Road Safety and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2011 (2011 No 13).

    Clause 75(1): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

76 Discovery of replaced licence or driver identification card
  • (1) A person to whom a replacement driver licence or driver identification card has been issued under clause 74 must surrender the person's previous driver licence or driver identification card to the Agency if the previous driver licence or driver identification card subsequently comes into the person's possession.

    (2) A person who has been issued with a replacement driver licence or driver identification card must advise the Agency if that person becomes aware that another person has the previous driver licence or driver identification card.

    Clause 76(1): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 76(2): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

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

77 Requirements for tests, medical examinations, and approved courses
  • (1) The Agency may, if it considers that the holder of a class of driver licence or a type of endorsement may not be a fit and proper person to continue to hold that class of licence or type of endorsement and that further information would assist the Agency to make a determination, require the person to do 1 or more of the following:

    • (a) undergo a medical examination, pass a test, or successfully complete a course approved under clause 93 that the person would be required to undergo, pass, or complete as an applicant for the class of licence or type of endorsement held:

    • (b) produce any certificate that the person would be required to produce as an applicant for the class of licence or type of endorsement held:

    • (c) undergo any other medical examination, pass any other test, or successfully complete any other course approved under clause 93 that the Agency considers to be relevant and reasonable in the circumstances, having regard to the classes of licence and types of endorsement (if any) held by the person.

    (2) A test, medical examination, or course required under subclause (1) must be carried out by a medical practitioner, optometrist, occupational therapist, testing officer, or approved course provider nominated by—

    • (a) the applicant or holder of the driver licence or endorsement; or

    • (b) the Agency.

    (3) The Agency may nominate a person under subclause (2)(b) only if—

    • (a) the person required to undertake the test, medical examination, or approved course fails to nominate a person under subclause (2)(a); or

    • (b) the Agency is not satisfied that the person nominated by the person required to undertake the test, medical examination, or approved course is appropriately qualified to carry out the test, medical examination, or approved course.

    (4) A person who is nominated to carry out a medical examination under subclause (2) must be a member of one of the class or classes of registered health professional that, in the opinion of the Agency, is appropriately qualified to carry out the examination in the particular case.

    (5) A medical examination required under subclause (1) must be carried out having regard to the document issued by the Agency entitled Medical Aspects of Fitness to Drive: A Guide for Medical Practitioners.

    Clause 77 heading: substituted, on 1 June 2006, by clause 29(1) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2006 (SR 2006/84).

    Clause 77(1): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 77(1)(a): substituted, on 1 June 2006, by clause 29(2) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2006 (SR 2006/84).

    Clause 77(1)(c): substituted, on 1 June 2006, by clause 29(3) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2006 (SR 2006/84).

    Clause 77(1)(c): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 77(2): substituted, on 1 June 2006, by clause 29(4) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2006 (SR 2006/84).

    Clause 77(2)(b): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 77(3): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 77(3)(a): amended, on 1 June 2006, by clause 29(5) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2006 (SR 2006/84).

    Clause 77(3)(b): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 77(3)(b): amended, on 1 June 2006, by clause 29(6) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2006 (SR 2006/84).

    Clause 77(4): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 77(4): amended, on 1 June 2006, by clause 29(7) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2006 (SR 2006/84).

    Clause 77(5): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

78 Requirement to be in notice
  • (1) A requirement under clause 77(1) must be issued in a notice and must state—

    • (a) the reasons for the requirement; and

    • (b) one of the following:

      • (i) the date, time, and place of the required medical examination or test (if applicable) and the date by which, and the place at which, any required certificate must be produced; or

      • (ii) that the holder of the driver licence or the endorsement must contact the Agency within a stated period to arrange the date, time, and place of the required medical examination or test and the date by which, and the place at which, any required certificate must be produced, if applicable; or

      • (iii) the date by which the approved course must be completed; and

    • (c) that, if the person does not comply with the Agency’s requirement, the Agency has the power to impose conditions, or revoke the relevant driver licence or endorsement in accordance with clause 82; and

    (2) A notice issued under subclause (1) must be in writing and must be delivered to the person to whom it concerns more than 5 working days before any date, or the expiry of the period, specified in the notice under subclause (1)(b).

    Clause 78(1)(b): substituted, on 1 June 2006, by clause 30 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2006 (SR 2006/84).

    Clause 78(1)(b)(ii): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 78(1)(c): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

79 Obligations on person required to undertake test or medical examination, or complete approved course
  • (1) A person required to undergo a test or medical examination, or to complete an approved course, or to produce a certificate under clause 77 must either—

    • (a) comply with the requirement, and pay the appropriate fee (if any) specified in or assessed in accordance with regulations made under the Act; or

    • (b) surrender the person's driver licence (including any endorsement held by the person), and the person's driver identification card (if any).

    (2) A person may surrender a driver licence under subclause (1)(b) by notifying the Agency of that fact and delivering the driver licence and driver identification card (if any) to the Agency.

    Clause 79 heading: amended, on 1 June 2006, by clause 31(1) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2006 (SR 2006/84).

    Clause 79(1): amended, on 1 June 2006, by clause 31(2) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2006 (SR 2006/84).

    Clause 79(2): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

Suspension of driver licences and endorsements

80 Suspending driver licence for medical reasons
  • (1) The Agency may, if it considers that allowing a person to continue to hold a driver licence is, for medical reasons, a significant risk to public safety, issue a notice suspending that person's driver licence until a medical examination has been completed and reviewed.

    (2) A notice issued under subclause (1) must be in writing and must—

    • (a) state the date and time from which the driver licence is suspended (which must not be earlier than the date and time that the notice is delivered to the person); and

    • (b) state the reasons for the suspension of the driver licence; and

    • (c) state the period of suspension of the driver licence; and

    • (d) outline the rights of appeal given by section 106 of the Act.

    (3) The period of suspension of a driver licence specified under subclause (2)(c) must not exceed the period that, in the opinion of the Agency, will reasonably be required to determine whether conditions should be imposed on the licence or the licence should be revoked.

    (4) The Agency may at any time withdraw a suspension imposed under this clause.

    Clause 80(1): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 80(3): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 80(4): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

81 Suspension of endorsements
  • (1) An endorsement is suspended if the holder ceases to hold all of the classes of driver licence that formed part of the prerequisites under Part 5 for obtaining that endorsement.

    (2) A driving instructor endorsement is suspended in part if the holder ceases to hold 1 or more, but not all, of the classes of driver licence that formed part of the prerequisites under Part 5 for obtaining that endorsement.

    Clause 81(1) subclause number: replaced, on 1 November 2012, by clause 9 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2012 (SR 2012/302).

    Clause 81(2) subclause number: replaced, on 1 November 2012, by clause 9 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2012 (SR 2012/302).

Revocation of driver licences and endorsements

82 Revocation of driver licence or endorsement
  • (1) A person may be issued with a notice under subclause (2) if—

    • (b) the person fails to pass a test or successfully complete an approved course that the Agency has required the person to undergo or complete; or

    • (c) the Agency is satisfied that the person has ceased to be a fit and proper person to hold an endorsement; or

    • (d) in the opinion of a optometrist, a medical practitioner, or a occupational therapist, the person is one whose physical or mental condition is such that, in the interests of public safety, the person—

      • (i) should not be permitted to drive motor vehicles of a specified class or classes; or

      • (ii) should only be permitted to drive motor vehicles subject to such limitations as may be warranted by the mental or physical condition of the licence holder; or

    • (e) the person is the holder of a driving instructor endorsement and fails to comply with clause 25; or

    • (f) the person holds a testing officer endorsement and fails to comply with clause 32; or

    • (g) the person is the holder of a passenger endorsement and has been prohibited from holding or obtaining a passenger endorsement under section 29A of the Act.

    (2) The Agency may, if it considers it appropriate to do so, issue 1 or more of the following notices to a person to whom this clause applies:

    • (a) a notice revoking a driver licence:

    • (b) a notice revoking an endorsement:

    • (c) a notice imposing conditions on the use of an endorsement of a kind specified in clause 56(1):

    • (d) a notice imposing conditions on the use of a driver licence of a kind specified in clause 56(1).

    (3) A notice issued under subclause (2) must—

    • (a) state the date and time from which the driver licence or endorsement is revoked, or has conditions attached to it (which must not be earlier than the date and time when the notice is delivered to the person); and

    • (b) state, as appropriate, the period during which the person may not apply for a driver licence, or an endorsement; and

    • (c) state the reasons for the revocation of the driver licence or endorsement or the imposition of conditions on the use of the driver licence or endorsement; and

    • (d) outline the rights of appeal given by section 106 of the Act.

    (4) A notice issued to a person under subclause (2) may apply to a particular class of licence or type of endorsement or to every class of driver licence or type of endorsement held by the person.

    (5) The period specified under subclause (3)(b) must not exceed a period that the Agency considers to be reasonable in the circumstances.

    Clause 82(1)(b): substituted, on 1 June 2006, by clause 32 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2006 (SR 2006/84).

    Clause 82(1)(b): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 82(1)(c): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 82(1)(d): amended, on 18 September 2004, by section 175(3) of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (2003 No 48).

    Clause 82(1)(f): amended, on 1 October 2007, by section 95(11) of the Land Transport Amendment Act 2005 (2005 No 77).

    Clause 82(1)(g): added, on 1 October 2007, by section 95(11) of the Land Transport Amendment Act 2005 (2005 No 77).

    Clause 82(2): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 82(5): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

83 Suspension and revocation of endorsements
  • (1) An endorsement is revoked if the holder does not, within 5 years after the endorsement is suspended under any provision, again become the holder of a driver licence of the class or classes that formed part of the prerequisites under Part 5 for obtaining that endorsement.

    (2) A revocation of a driving instructor endorsement under subclause (1) has effect in respect of—

    • (a) all classes of driver licence if the holder does not, within 5 years after the endorsement was suspended, again become the holder of at least 1 class of the classes of driver licence that formed part of the prerequisites under Part 5 for obtaining that endorsement; or

    • (b) each class of driver licence that formed part of the prerequisites under Part 5 for obtaining that endorsement if the holder does not, within 5 years after the endorsement was suspended in respect of that class of driver licence, again become the holder of that class of licence.

Surrender of certain documents

84 Surrender of driver identification card that has been suspended or revoked
  • The holder of a driver licence or an endorsement that has been suspended or revoked under any provision, on receiving notice of the suspension or revocation, must, in addition to complying with section 19 or section 30 of the Act, immediately surrender any driver identification card held by the person by delivering the card to the Agency.

    Clause 84: amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

85 Voluntary surrender of driver licence or endorsement
  • The holder of a driver licence or an endorsement may surrender 1 or more classes of driver licence or 1 or more types of endorsement—

    • (a) by notifying the Agency that the person is surrendering 1 or more classes of driver licence or 1 or more types of endorsement; and

    • (b) by delivering the driver licence and driver identification card (if any) to the Agency.

    Clause 85: substituted, on 1 June 2006, by clause 33 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2006 (SR 2006/84).

    Clause 85(a): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 85(b): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

85A Reinstatement of surrendered driver licence or endorsement
  • (1) A person who has surrendered 1 or more classes of driver licence or 1 or more types of endorsement under clause 85 may apply to the Agency for reinstatement of the classes of licence or types of endorsement in accordance with subclause (4), subclause (5), subclause (6), or subclause (7), as the case may be.

    (2) The Agency may reinstate a surrendered driver licence or an endorsement in accordance with this clause.

    (3) Before reinstating a surrendered driver licence or an endorsement, the Agency may require the applicant to satisfy 1 or more of the requirements in clause 77(1).

    (4) The Agency may reinstate a surrendered driver licence, even if the licence has expired, provided—

    • (a) the driver licence has not been surrendered for more than 5 years; and

    • (b) the driver licence has not been expired for more than 5 years; and

    (5) The Agency may reinstate a surrendered special-type vehicle endorsement, even if the endorsement has expired, provided—

    • (a) the endorsement has not been surrendered for more than 5 years; and

    • (b) the endorsement has not been expired for more than 5 years; and

    • (c) the applicant complies with clause 71(2)(a) (which relates to the renewal of special-type vehicle endorsements).

    (6) The Agency may reinstate a surrendered passenger, vehicle recovery, driving instructor, or testing officer endorsement, even if the endorsement has expired, provided—

    • (a) the endorsement has not been surrendered for more than 5 years; and

    • (b) the endorsement has not been expired for more than 5 years; and

    • (c) the applicant complies with clause 70(2) as it relates to the endorsements referred to in this subclause.

    (7) The Agency may reinstate a surrendered dangerous goods endorsement only if—

    • (a) the endorsement has not expired; and

    • (b) the applicant complies with clause 70(3) (which relates to the renewal of a dangerous goods endorsement).

    Clause 85A: inserted, on 1 June 2006, by clause 33 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2006 (SR 2006/84).

    Clause 85A(1): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 85A(2): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 85A(3): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 85A(4): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 85A(5): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 85A(6): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 85A(7): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

Replacement driver licence or endorsement

86 Replacement of driver licence or endorsement revoked on medical grounds
  • (1) A person whose driver licence or endorsement has been revoked on medical grounds may apply for a replacement driver licence or replacement endorsement of the same class or type as the licence or endorsement that was revoked, if—

    • (a) the person provides the Agency with a medical certificate issued in accordance with clause 44 stating that the person is now medically fit to drive; and

    • (ab) the person passes the on-road safety test, if referred for the test under clause 44B; and

    • (b) the Agency notifies the person that it is satisfied that the person's medical condition has improved.

    (2) A person who satisfies the requirements of subclause (1) is entitled to be issued with a replacement driver licence of the appropriate class or a replacement endorsement of the appropriate type if—

    • (a) the person makes an application in accordance with Part 3; and

    • (b) the person consents to the carrying out of checks as to whether or not the person is a fit and proper person, if the endorsement is an endorsement for which a fit and proper person check is required, and consents to the carrying out of those checks from time to time during the period of validity of the endorsement; and

    • (c) the person is, in the opinion of the Agency, a fit and proper person, in accordance with the criteria specified in the table to clause 35(1), to be the holder of an endorsement of that type; and

    • (d) in a case where the period since the driver licence or endorsement was revoked is more than 12 months, the person—

      • (i) passes the appropriate theory test or tests under clause 45 for the class of driver licence that the person is applying to have replaced; and

      • (ii) passes or successfully completes the appropriate practical driving test in accordance with clauses 48 and 53 for that class of driver licence, or the applicable course specified in clause 93 for that type of endorsement.

    (3) If a person to whom subclause (2)(d) applies complies with subclause (2)(d)(i), the Agency may, if the person has applied for a replacement driver licence, issue a replacement licence subject to the condition specified in clause 16(1)(a).

    (4) A condition imposed under subclause (3) continues in force until the person to whom it applies complies with subclause (2)(d)(ii).

    Clause 86(1)(a): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 86(1)(ab): inserted, on 4 December 2006, by clause 13(1) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule (No 2) 2006 (SR 2006/152).

    Clause 86(1)(b): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 86(2)(a): replaced, on 1 December 2014, by clause 31 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2014 (LI 2014/265).

    Clause 86(2)(b): amended, on 4 October 1999, by clause 19 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 1999 (SR 1999/302).

    Clause 86(2)(c): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 86(2)(d)(ii): amended, on 4 December 2006, by clause 13(2) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule (No 2) 2006 (SR 2006/152).

    Clause 86(3): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

87 Licence may not be renewed while licence suspended or holder disqualified
  • If a driver licence expires during the period while the licence is suspended, or while the holder is disqualified from obtaining a licence, the licence must not be renewed until after the expiry of the period of suspension or disqualification.

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

88 Recognition of overseas driver licence or permit
  • (1) A person, on arrival in New Zealand, is deemed to hold a New Zealand driver licence of a class that entitles the person to drive the motor vehicles that the person is entitled to drive under—

    • (a) a valid and current driver licence or permit issued overseas to the person, after the person has produced proof of the person's driving competence, by an overseas authority, or an agent of that authority, authorised to issue a driver licence or permit; or

    • (b) an international driving permit.

    (2) However,—

    • (a) subclause (1)(a) does not apply unless—

      • (i) the overseas driver licence or permit is written in English; or

      • (ii) the person who holds the overseas driver licence or permit also carries an accurate English translation of the licence or permit:

    • (b) subclause (1)(b) does not apply unless the person who holds the international driving permit also carries the overseas driver licence on which the permit is based.

    (3) A person who is deemed by subclause (1) to hold a New Zealand driver licence may continue to drive under that driver licence until the first of the following situations occurs:

    • (a) the person has remained in New Zealand for a continuous period of 12 months; or

    • (b) the document that enabled that person to be deemed to hold a New Zealand driver licence under subclause (1) expires, is suspended, or is revoked; or

    • (c) an order is made disqualifying the person from holding or obtaining a driver licence, either in New Zealand or in the jurisdiction that granted the overseas driver licence or permit; or

    • (d) the person obtains or renews a New Zealand driver licence.

    (4) In this clause, international driving permit means a valid and current international driving permit as specified in Annex 10 of the United Nations Convention on Road Traffic signed at Geneva on 19 September 1949 or Annex 7 of the United Nations Convention on Road Traffic signed at Vienna on 8 November 1968 and issued overseas in accordance with the provisions of the appropriate convention.

    Clause 88: substituted, on 1 October 2011, by clause 36 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

88A Recognition of overseas agricultural motor vehicle licence or permit
  • (1) Subclause (2) applies—

    • (a) to a person who is entitled to drive an agricultural motor vehicle or vehicles (but no other vehicles) under a valid and current driver licence or permit issued overseas to the person; and

    • (b) where there is no New Zealand equivalent to that class or type of licence or permit.

    (2) A person, on arrival in New Zealand, is deemed to hold a New Zealand class 1 driver licence that entitles the person to drive an agricultural motor vehicle or vehicles equivalent to the vehicle or vehicles referred to in subclause (1)(a) (but no other vehicles) in New Zealand.

    (3)  However, subclause (2) does not apply unless—

    • (a) the overseas driver licence or permit is written in English; or

    • (b) the person who holds the overseas driver licence or permit also carries an accurate English translation of the licence or permit.

    (4) A person who is deemed by subclause (2) to hold a New Zealand class 1 driver licence may continue to drive under that deemed driver licence until the first of the following situations occurs:

    • (a) the person has remained in New Zealand for a continuous period of 12 months:

    • (b) the document that enabled the person to be deemed to hold a New Zealand class 1 driver licence under subclause (2) expires, is suspended, or is revoked:

    • (c) an order is made disqualifying the person from holding or obtaining a driver licence or permit, either in New Zealand or in the jurisdiction that granted the overseas driver licence or permit:

    • (d) the person obtains or renews a New Zealand driver licence that entitles the person to drive an agricultural motor vehicle or vehicles referred to in subclause (1)(a).

    (5) To avoid doubt, nothing in this clause entitles a person—

    • (a) to drive a vehicle other than an agricultural motor vehicle; or

    • (b) to apply for, or be issued with, a New Zealand driver licence.

    Clause 88A: inserted, on 1 June 2013, by clause 8 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2013 (SR 2013/100).

Overseas driver licence conversion

  • Heading: inserted, on 1 June 2006, by clause 35 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2006 (SR 2006/84).

89 Obtaining New Zealand driver licence
  • (1) A person is entitled to apply for, and be issued with, a New Zealand driver licence to drive the same class or classes of vehicle if that person holds an overseas driver licence or permit of a type specified in clause 88(1)(a), even if that licence has expired within the 12 months immediately preceding the date of application.

    (2) Before a New Zealand driver licence may be issued under subclause (1), the person must—

    • (a) apply for a driver licence in accordance with Part 3; and

    • (b) unless clause 89A(3) applies, pass the appropriate theory test under clause 45 for the class of driver licence that the person is applying for; and

    • (d) produce his or her overseas driver licence or permit, as specified in clause 88(1)(a), and, if the overseas driver licence or permit is not in English, an accurate English translation of the overseas driver licence or permit; and

    • (e) sign a statement that—

      • (i) the person's overseas driver licence or permit is not suspended or revoked; and

      • (ii) the person is not disqualified from holding or obtaining a driver licence or permit in the country where the overseas driver licence or permit was issued; and

    • (f) produce a medical certificate issued in New Zealand in accordance with clause 44, in the case of—

      • (i) a person applying under this clause for a New Zealand driver licence of Classes 2 to 5; or

      • (ii) a person 75 years of age or over applying under this clause for a New Zealand driver licence of any class; and

    • (g) surrender his or her overseas driver licence or permit if that is a requirement of a licence recognition arrangement between the jurisdiction that issued the driver licence or permit and New Zealand.

    (3) A person is entitled to be issued with a licence under subclause (4) if—

    • (a) subclause (1) applies to that person; and

    • (b) clause 89A(3) applies to that person or he or she complies with subclause (2)(b); and

    (4) A person who satisfies the requirements of subclause (3) is entitled to be issued, as appropriate, with either—

    • (a) a driver licence issued subject to the condition specified in clause 16(1)(a); or

    • (b) a Class 6 learner licence.

    (5) A condition imposed under subclause (4)(a) continues in force until the person to whom it applies passes the appropriate practical driving test required by subclause (2)(c).

    Clause 89: substituted, on 1 June 2006, by clause 36 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2006 (SR 2006/84).

    Clause 89(2)(a): replaced, on 1 December 2014, by clause 32 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2014 (LI 2014/265).

    Clause 89(2)(b): amended, on 1 September 2008, by clause 13(1) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2008 (SR 2008/119).

    Clause 89(2)(c): amended, on 1 September 2008, by clause 13(2) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2008 (SR 2008/119).

    Clause 89(2)(c): amended, on 4 December 2006, by clause 14 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule (No 2) 2006 (SR 2006/152).

    Clause 89(2)(f)(ii): amended, on 1 October 2011, by clause 37 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

    Clause 89(2)(g): added, on 1 October 2011, by clause 37 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

    Clause 89(3)(b): amended, on 1 September 2008, by clause 13(3) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2008 (SR 2008/119).

    Clause 89(3)(c): amended, on 1 September 2008, by clause 13(4) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2008 (SR 2008/119).

89A Requirements not applying to overseas drivers
  • (1) This clause applies to a person who applies for a New Zealand driver licence under clause 89.

    (2) A person to whom this clause applies is not required to comply with the minimum time requirements prescribed in the tables to clauses 15, 17, and 19.

    (2A) However, a driver licence may not be issued to a person who applies for a driver licence under clause 89 for a class of vehicle if the effect of doing so would allow the person to obtain the driver licence at an age earlier than the minimum age for a person who complies with the requirements set out in clauses 15, 17, and 19 for that class of vehicle.

    (3) A person to whom this clause applies is not required to sit the appropriate theory test required by clause 89(2)(b) if—

    • (a) the appropriate theory test is in respect of a Class 1 or Class 6 licence; and

    • (b) that person has held a valid overseas driver licence or permit issued in a country specified in Schedule 7A.

    (4) A person to whom this clause applies is not required to sit the appropriate practical driving test required by clause 89(2)(c) if—

    • (a) that person has, for at least 2 years, held a valid overseas driver licence or permit issued in a country specified in Part 1 of Schedule 8; or

    • (b) that person has, for at least 2 years, held a valid overseas driver licence or permit issued in a country specified in Part 2 of Schedule 8 and that person's application is for a Class 1 or Class 6 driver licence.

    Clause 89A: substituted, on 1 September 2008, by clause 14 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2008 (SR 2008/119).

    Clause 89A(2A): inserted, on 1 August 2011, by section 100(4) of the Land Transport (Road Safety and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2011 (2011 No 13).

    Clause 89A(4): replaced, on 1 July 2013, by clause 7 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule (No 2) 2013 (SR 2013/131).

90 New Zealand driver licence may be subject to learner or restricted conditions
  • If the driver licence or permit referred to in paragraph (a) or (b) of clause 88(1) is subject to any condition or is the equivalent of a learner or restricted licence, the person's New Zealand driver licence must be issued either with similar conditions or as a learner or restricted licence, as appropriate.

91 Requirements for diplomatic and consular personnel
  • (1) This clause applies to a person who is in New Zealand by reason of—

    • (a) the person's employment as a member of the staff of a diplomatic mission or a consular post in New Zealand; or

    • (b) the person's employment as a member of the private staff of a person referred to in paragraph (a); or

    • (c) the person's relationship as a member of the family, or as a spouse or partner, of the person referred to in paragraph (a) or (b).

    (2) A person to whom this clause applies may, on application to the Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade, be issued by the Agency with a driver licence if that person holds 1 or more of the licences or permits referred to in paragraphs (a) and (b) of clause 88(1).

    (3) A driver licence issued under this clause—

    • (a) must authorise the person to drive the same types of motor vehicle as the licences or permits referred to in clause 88(1); and

    • (b) may be subject to conditions specified by the Agency; and

    • (c) expires when the first of the following situations occurs:

      • (i) the holder no longer meets the requirements of subclause (1) under which the holder was issued with a New Zealand driver licence; or

      • (ii) the relevant mission or consular post is notified, through the Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade, that the driver licence has been revoked; or

      • (iii) an order is made disqualifying the person from holding or obtaining a driver licence; or

      • (iv) 4 years have elapsed since the date of issue of the driver licence.

    Clause 91(1)(b): amended, on 1 October 2011, by clause 38 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

    Clause 91(1)(c): added, on 1 October 2011, by clause 38 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

    Clause 91(2): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 91(3)(b): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

92 Obtaining International Driving Permit
  • A person who holds a current full New Zealand driver licence issued or having effect under this rule may apply to an organisation approved for that purpose by the Agency to be issued with an International Driving Permit in accordance with the United Nations Convention on Road Traffic signed at Geneva on 19 September 1949.

    Clause 92: amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

Part 15
Approval of courses and course providers

Approval of courses

93 Agency may approve courses
  • The Agency may approve the following courses:

    • (a) courses teaching advanced driving skills, to reduce the period of time for which a person must hold a Class 1R licence before being allowed to apply for a Class 1 full licence:

    • (b) courses teaching specialist knowledge and skills required to obtain—

      • (i) a passenger endorsement; or

      • (ii) a vehicle recovery endorsement; or

      • (iii) a dangerous goods endorsement; or

      • (iv) a driving instructor endorsement; or

      • (v) a forklift endorsement; or

      • (vi) a roller endorsement; or

      • (vii) a tracks endorsement; or

      • (viii) a wheels endorsement:

    • (c) courses teaching and assessing the driving knowledge and skills of the holder of a Class 2L, 3L, 4L, or 5L licence for the purpose of waiving the requirement for that person to hold the licence for 6 months and to pass a full licence test:

    • (d) courses teaching and assessing the riding competency of the holder of a Class 6L licence for the purpose of waiving the requirement for that person to hold the licence for 6 months and to pass a restricted licence test:

    • (e) courses teaching and assessing the riding competency of the holder of a Class 6R licence for the purpose of reducing the period that the person must hold a Class 6R licence and to pass a full licence test:

    • (f) driving improvement courses for the purposes of section 92(1) of the Act:

    • (g) dangerous goods courses for the purposes of section 92(2) of the Act:

    • (h) courses assessing the driving experience, knowledge, and skills of a person 25 years of age or over and holding a Class 2, 3, or 4 driver licence, for the purpose of waiving the requirement for that person to hold the licence for at least 3 months:

    • (i) work time and fatigue management courses for the purposes of Part 4B of the Act:

    • (j) courses assessing the driving experience, knowledge, and skills of the holder of a Class 2 licence for the purpose of an approval to drive a vehicle for which a Class 4 or Class 5 licence is required under the conditions specified in clause 19H:

    • (k) courses assessing advanced driving skills for the purpose of enabling a person to apply for a Class 4 or Class 5 licence on completion of the accelerated licensing process set out in Part 4A.

    Clause 93: substituted, on 1 October 2011, by clause 39 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

    Clause 93(d), (e), (j), and (k): brought into force, on 1 October 2012, by clause 2(1)(j) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

94 Requirements for approval of course
  • (1) To be approved, a course for a purpose specified in clause 93(a) or clause 93(f) must be designed so that a person who has completed the course will be able to demonstrate the following skills and attributes:

    • (a) an understanding of the techniques of safe driving, beyond the ability to manipulate the controls of a motor vehicle; and

    • (b) the ability to practice the necessary self-management skills needed for driving, including decision-making and managing risks; and

    • (c) the ability to assess the person's own performance against the criteria that define a safe driver; and

    • (d) an understanding of risks and the consequences of risk taking while driving; and

    • (e) the ability to develop appropriate methods of monitoring the person's performance as a driver so that the person's driving skills do not deteriorate over time.

    (2) To be approved, a course for a purpose specified in either of clause 93(b)(i) or (ii) must be designed so that a person who has completed the course will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the theoretical requirements to legally and safely drive a motor vehicle for the activity that requires the endorsement.

    (3) To be approved, a course for a purpose specified in clause 93(b)(iii) or clause 93(g), must be designed so that a person who has completed the course will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the procedures for transporting dangerous goods safely and in accordance with the relevant legal requirements.

    (4) To be approved, a course for a purpose specified in clause 93(b)(iv) must be designed so that a person who has completed the course will be able to demonstrate—

    • (a) an understanding of the content of the curriculum; and

    • (b) the ability to teach the manipulative and perceptive skills required to safely drive a motor vehicle.

    (5) To be approved, a course for a purpose specified in clause 93(b)(v) to (viii), (c), (d), (e), or (h) must be designed so that a person who has completed the course will have demonstrated the experience, knowledge, and skills to operate safely and proficiently the motor vehicle to which that class of licence or type of endorsement relates.

    (6) To be approved, a course for a purpose specified in clause 93(i) must be designed so that a person who has completed the course will be able to demonstrate knowledge of work time and logbook requirements, and to describe causes and symptoms of fatigue and its effect on driving performance.

    (7) To be approved, a course for a purpose specified in clause 93(j) or (k) must be designed so that a person who has completed the course will have demonstrated the experience, knowledge, and skills to operate safely and proficiently a vehicle for which a Class 4 or Class 5 licence is required under the accelerated licensing process set out in Part 4A.

    Clause 94(1): amended, on 1 October 2011, by clause 40(1) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

    Clause 94(2): amended, on 1 October 2011, by clause 40(2) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

    Clause 94(3): amended, on 1 October 2011, by clause 40(3) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

    Clause 94(5): substituted, on 1 June 2006, by clause 38 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2006 (SR 2006/84).

    Clause 94(5): amended, on 1 October 2011, by clause 40(4) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

    Clause 94(6): added, on 1 October 2011, by clause 40(5) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

    Clause 94(7): added, on 1 October 2011, by clause 40(5) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

95 Application for approval of course
  • (1) An individual or organisation may apply to have a course approved.

    (2) The applicant must—

    • (a) complete an application in a form approved by the Agency; and

    • (b) pay the appropriate fee or fees (if any) specified or assessed in accordance with regulations made under the Act; and

    • (c) produce—

      • (i) a copy of the intended syllabus, including a description of what is required to successfully complete the course; and

      • (ii) a description of how the syllabus will satisfy the requirements of clause 94; and

    • (d) produce a sample of the certificate that is to be presented to a person who has successfully completed the course.

    Clause 95(2)(a): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

96 Approval of course
  • (1) The Agency may approve a course if the applicant has complied with clause 95 and the Agency is satisfied that the course will meet the requirements specified in relation to the particular type of course in clause 94.

    (2) When approving a course, the Agency may impose conditions under which the course must be conducted.

    (3) Without limiting subclause (2), when approving a course, the Agency may allow the course to be conducted using an appropriately configured or loaded vehicle of a class other than the class to which the course relates.

    Clause 96(1): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 96(2): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 96(3): added, on 4 October 1999, by clause 20 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 1999 (SR 1999/302).

    Clause 96(3): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

97 Agency may consent to modification of course
  • (1) The Agency may from time to time,—

    • (a) on the application of the individual or organisation that applied to have the course approved or of an approved course provider, give consent to the modification of an approved course; or

    • (b) on the Agency’s own motion, require that a course be modified,—

    if the Agency is satisfied that the modification is necessary or desirable in order for the approved course to continue to meet the requirements specified in relation to the particular type of course in clause 94, or to meet those requirements in an improved way.

    (2) If the Agency consents to a course being modified or requires a course to be modified under subclause (1), the Agency must give reasonable notice in writing of the modification to any course provider who is providing the course.

    Clause 97 heading: amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 97(1): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 97(1)(b): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 97(2): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

98 Agency may revoke course approval
  • (1) The Agency may, by notice in writing, revoke the approval of a course granted under clause 96 if the holder of the course approval does not comply with conditions imposed under clause 96(2) or a requirement imposed under clause 97(1).

    (2) A notice of revocation must—

    • (a) state the date and time from which the course approval is revoked, which must not be earlier than the date and time at which the notice is given to the course provider and, except in exceptional circumstances where public safety is at immediate risk, must not be less than 14 days after the day on which the notice is given; and

    • (b) state the reason for the course approval being revoked; and

    • (c) outline the rights of appeal given by section 106 of the Act.

    Clause 98 heading: amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 98(1): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

Approval of course providers

99 Agency may approve course providers
  • The Agency may approve specific individuals or organisations to provide courses referred to in clause 93.

    Clause 99 heading: amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 99: amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

100 Requirements for approval as course provider
  • To be approved, a course provider must—

    • (a) possess the appropriate skills, training, and experience to conduct the approved course; and

    • (b) if the course provider is an organisation, have a recorded organisational structure in which accountability is clearly identified.

101 Application for approval as course provider
  • An applicant for approval as a course provider must—

    • (a) complete an application in a form approved by the Agency; and

    • (b) pay the appropriate fee or fees (if any) specified or assessed in accordance with regulations made under the Act; and

    • (c) specify the approved course or courses that the applicant intends to provide; and

    • (d) produce details of the procedures that will be used to maintain a register of—

      • (i) instructors; and

      • (ii) students; and

      • (iii) certificates issued; and

      • (iv) courses conducted; and

      • (v) course assessments and results.

    Clause 101(a): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

102 Approval as course provider
  • (1) The Agency may approve a course provider if the applicant has complied with clause 101 and the Agency is satisfied that the course provider will meet the requirements specified in clause 100.

    (2) When approving a course provider, the Agency may impose conditions under which the course provider must conduct courses.

    (3) The Agency must issue a certificate to the approved course provider, specifying—

    • (a) the name of the course provider; and

    • (b) the name of the approved course or courses that the course provider is approved to provide.

    (4) It is a condition of approval as a course provider that—

    • (a) the course provider must only credit a person with completing an approved course if that person has successfully completed the course in accordance with the course syllabus; and

    • (b) the course provider must retain for at least 12 months after an approved course has been conducted a record of the matters specified in subparagraphs (i), (ii), (iv), and (v) of clauses 101(d) in relation to that course; and

    • (c) the course provider must comply with any requirements made in writing by the Agency to the course provider arising out of any audit under section 198 of the Act.

    Clause 102(1): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 102(2): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 102(3): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 102(4)(c): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

103 Agency may revoke or suspend approval of course provider
  • (1) The Agency may, by notice in writing, revoke or suspend (in whole or in part) the approval of a course provider granted under clause 102 if—

    • (a) the course provider fails to comply with any instruction given under section 198 of the Act; or

    • (b) the course provider fails to comply with a requirement made in writing by the Agency to the course provider arising out of an audit under section 198 of the Act; or

    • (c) the course provider ceases to meet the requirements described in paragraphs (a) and (b) of clause 100.

    (2) The notice of revocation or suspension must—

    • (a) state the date and time from which the approval is revoked or suspended, which must not be earlier than the date and time at which the notice is given to the course provider and, except in exceptional circumstances where public safety is at immediate risk, must not be less than 14 days after the date on which the notice is given; and

    • (b) state the reason for the revocation or suspension; and

    • (c) outline the rights of appeal given by section 106 of the Act.

    Clause 103 heading: amended, on 1 October 2011, by clause 41(1) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

    Clause 103 heading: amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 103(1): amended, on 1 October 2011, by clause 41(2) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

    Clause 103(1): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 103(1)(b): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 103(2): amended, on 1 October 2011, by clause 41(3) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

    Clause 103(2)(a): amended, on 1 October 2011, by clause 41(4) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

    Clause 103(2)(b): amended, on 1 October 2011, by clause 41(5) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

Part 16
Miscellaneous provisions relating to responsibilities of drivers

104 Prohibition on display of L plate except in appropriate circumstances
  • A person must not drive, on a road, a motor vehicle that displays an L plate as specified in clause 66 unless that person—

    • (a) holds a learner licence of the class that relates to that vehicle in accordance with Schedule 3; or

    • (b) immediately prior to driving has been, or is about to be, accompanying the person in paragraph (a) in accordance with clause 16(1)(a); or

    • (c) holds a driving instructor or testing officer endorsement and is driving a vehicle used for purposes connected with that endorsement.

105 Prohibition on defacing, etc, driver licence or driver identification card
  • A person must not deface, alter, or tamper with the characteristics or features of, or information displayed on, a 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
  • A person who was the holder of a licence of a class described in column 1 of the table to this clause that was in force immediately before 3 May 1999 is deemed to hold a licence or endorsement of the class described in column 2 of the table in relation to that licence on and from 3 May 1999 until it expires in accordance with clause 112.

    Table to clause 106
    Existing licence held Equivalent licence
    Class AM or Class AML Class 1L
    Class A Class 6
    Class AL Class 6L
    Class AR Class 6R
    Class B Class 1
    Class BL Class 1L
    Class BR Class 1R
    Class C Class 1 and a passenger endorsement
    Class D Class 4 and a passenger endorsement
    Class DL and Class B Class 2L

    Class E and any other licence except G, H, I, or J

     Passenger endorsement
    Class FL Class 1L
    Class FL and Class B Class 2L
    Class FR or Class F Class 4

    Class G or Class I, plus any of Classes B, C, D, or F

     

    Forklift, roller, or wheels endorsement, or any combination of those endorsements

    Class H or J, plus any of Classes B, C, D, or F

     Tracks or forklift endorsement, or both

    Class I, plus either Class B or Class C

     

    Class 4 and forklift, roller, or wheels endorsement, or any combination of those endorsements

    Class J, plus either Class B or Class C

     

    Class 4 and tracks or forklift endorsement, or both endorsements

    Class L plus any of Classes D, FR, or F

     Class 5

    Class LL, plus any of Classes F, FR, D, I, or J

     Class 5L
    Class N Vehicle recovery endorsement

    Clause 106 table: amended, on 4 October 1999, by clause 21 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 1999 (SR 1999/302).

107 Holder of certificate of approval or provisional certificate of approval as driving instructor
  • A person who was the holder of a certificate of approval or a provisional certificate of approval as a driving instructor issued under the Transport (Drivers Licensing) Regulations 1987 that was in force immediately before 3 May 1999 is deemed to hold a driving instructor endorsement on and from 3 May 1999 until it expires in accordance with clause 112.

108 Holder of approval as testing officer
  • A person who immediately before 3 May 1999 was appointed by the Agency as a testing officer is deemed to hold a testing officer endorsement on and from 3 May 1999 until it expires in accordance with clause 112.

    Clause 108: amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

109 Holder of hazardous substances endorsement
  • A person who was the holder of a hazardous substances endorsement issued under the Transport (Drivers Licensing) Regulations 1987 that was in force immediately before 3 May 1999 is deemed to hold a dangerous goods endorsement on and from 3 May 1999 until it expires in accordance with clause 112.

110 Forklift drivers
  • (1) A person is deemed to hold a forklift endorsement on and from 3 May 1999 until it expires in accordance with clause 112 if, at the close of 2 May 1999, the person—

    • (a) held any current full driver licence of any class other than Class A; and

    • (b) had successfully completed a course or held a statement referred to in subclause (2).

    (2) The person must—

    • (a) have successfully completed a forklift course approved by the Occupational Safety and Health Service of the Department of Labour; or

    • (b) if an employee, have held a signed statement issued by his or her employer, certifying that that employee had been trained in the use of a forklift to standards in the Approved Code of Practice for Training Operators and Instructors of Powered Industrial Lift Trucks (Forklifts) 1995 (issued by the Secretary of Labour under the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992); or

    • (c) if an independent contractor, have held a signed statement by the applicant—

      • (i) stating that the applicant had been trained in the use of a forklift to standards in the Approved Code of Practice for Training Operators and Instructors of Powered Industrial Lift Trucks (Forklifts) 1995 (issued by the Secretary of Labour under the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992); and

      • (ii) specifying where the training was held.

    Clause 110: substituted, on 4 October 1999, by clause 22 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 1999 (SR 1999/302).

111 Conditions continue in force
  • Any condition or restriction that, immediately before 3 May 1999, applied to any licence continued in force by section 23(4) of the Act continues to apply until the licence expires in accordance with clause 112.

112 Expiry of driver licences, etc
  • (1) A driver licence continued in force by section 23(4) of the Act, and any endorsement held in accordance with clauses 107 to 110, expires when the first of the following occurs:

    • (a) 60 days has elapsed after the date of the first birthday of the licence holder to occur on or after 3 May 1999; or

    • (b) the holder is issued with a temporary licence or a photographic driver licence under these rules; or

    • (c) if the person holds a driver identification card issued before 3 May 1999, when that identification card expires.

    (2) If the holder of a driver licence referred to in subclause (1) is absent from New Zealand on the date that the licence would (but for this subclause) expire under subclause (1), that driver licence expires on the earlier of—

    • (a) the expiry date specified on the licence:

    • (b) 1 October 2011.

    Clause 112(2): substituted, on 1 October 2011, by clause 42 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

113 Obtaining new driver licence
  • (1) A person who is the holder of a licence or endorsement referred to in clause 112 may apply for the issue of the equivalent new photographic driver licence and, if applicable, an endorsement or endorsements specified in the table to clause 106.

    (2) A person referred to in subclause (1) is entitled to be issued with a driver licence and, if applicable, an endorsement or endorsements specified in the table to clause 106 if the person—

    • (a) makes an application in accordance with clause 67; and

    • (b) [Revoked]

    • (ba) [Revoked]

    • (c) produces the person's driver licence issued before 3 May 1999, if the person still has it; and

    • (d) if the person's driver licence has been lost, stolen, or destroyed, or is defaced or mutilated or has become illegible, produces a statement signed by the person that the person no longer has the driver licence because it has been lost, stolen, or destroyed, or that it is defaced or mutilated or has become illegible; and

    Clause 113(2): amended, on 1 June 2006, by clause 39 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2006 (SR 2006/84).

    Clause 113(2)(a): replaced, on 1 December 2014, by clause 33(1) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2014 (LI 2014/265).

    Clause 113(2)(b): revoked, on 1 December 2014, by clause 33(2) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2014 (LI 2014/265).

    Clause 113(2)(ba): revoked, on 1 December 2014, by clause 33(2) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2014 (LI 2014/265).

114 Additional requirements relating to issue of passenger endorsements
  • (1) A person who, immediately before 3 May 1999, held a Class C or Class D licence and who applies under clause 113 for the issue of a passenger endorsement must—

    • (a) consent to the carrying out of checks as to whether or not the person is a fit and proper person to be the holder of a passenger endorsement, and consent to the carrying out of those checks from time to time during the period of validity of the endorsement; and

    • (b) be a person who the Agency is satisfied in accordance with clause 35(1) is a fit and proper person to be the holder of a passenger endorsement; and

    • (c) if, in the 12 months immediately preceding the application the person has not successfully undergone a medical examination in accordance with regulation 26J and regulation 8(2)(a) of the Transport (Drivers Licensing) Regulations 1987, produce a medical certificate in accordance with clause 44.

    (2) [Revoked]

    Clause 114(1): amended, on 1 October 2011, by clause 43(1) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

    Clause 114(1)(a): amended, on 4 October 1999, by clause 24 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 1999 (SR 1999/302).

    Clause 114(1)(b): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 114(2): revoked, on 1 October 2011, by clause 43(2) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

115 Additional requirements relating to issue of vehicle recovery endorsement
  • A person who, immediately before 3 May 1999, held a Class N licence and who applies under clause 113 to obtain a vehicle recovery endorsement must—

    • (a) consent to the carrying out of checks as to whether or not the person is a fit and proper person to be the holder of a vehicle recovery endorsement, and consent to the carrying out of those checks from time to time during the period of validity of the endorsement; and

    • (b) be a person who the Agency is satisfied in accordance with clause 35(1) is a fit and proper person to be the holder of a vehicle recovery endorsement; and

    • (c) if, in the 12 months immediately preceding the application, the person has not successfully undergone a medical examination in accordance with regulation 26J and regulation 8(2)(a) of the Transport (Drivers Licensing) Regulations 1987, produce a medical certificate in accordance with clause 44.

    Clause 115(a): amended, on 4 October 1999, by clause 25 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 1999 (SR 1999/302).

    Clause 115(b): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

116 Person holding more than 1 class of licence
  • (1) A person who, immediately before 3 May 1999, held more than 1 class of driver licence (not including any Class AL, Class AR, or Class A licence), is entitled to be issued with the highest class of driver licence to which any of the person's licences issued before 3 May 1999 are equivalent in accordance with the table to clause 106.

    (2) Despite subclause (1), a person who, on 3 May 1999, held a Class AL, Class AR, or Class A licence in addition to any other class of driver licence is entitled to become the holder of, respectively, a Class 6L, 6R or Class 6 licence in addition to any other class of driver licence to which any of the person's licences issued before 3 May 1999 are equivalent in accordance with the table to clause 106.

117 Person issued with learner or restricted licence
  • A person who is issued with a learner or restricted licence in accordance with clause 113 must comply with the applicable requirements of Part 4 in order to obtain a full licence.

118 Provision relating to time for which licence held
  • For the purposes of periods specified in Parts 4 and 5, a person is deemed to have held a driver licence of a class existing on or after 3 May 1999 for the same length of time that they held the corresponding class of driver licence (in accordance with the table to clause 106) that existed immediately before 3 May 1999.

Period of validity of licences and endorsements issued under this Part

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

    Clause 119: revoked, on 1 December 2014, by clause 34 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2014 (LI 2014/265).

120 Period of validity of endorsements issued under this Part
  • (1) A dangerous goods endorsement issued under clause 113 expires on the date that the holder's hazardous substances endorsement issued under the Transport (Drivers Licensing) Regulations 1987 would have expired.

    (2) A passenger endorsement issued to a person who, immediately before 3 May 1999 was the holder of a Class D licence, expires 12 months after its date of issue.

    (3) A special-type vehicle endorsement issued under clause 113 expires in accordance with clause 61.

    (4) An endorsement issued under clause 113, other than an endorsement referred to in subclauses (1) to (3), may be issued for a period of 1 year or a period of 5 years.

    Clause 120(3): replaced, on 1 December 2014, by clause 35 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2014 (LI 2014/265).

    Clause 120(4): substituted, on 4 October 1999, by clause 26 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 1999 (SR 1999/302).

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
  • (1) Subject to this clause, a person specified in subclause (1A) who applies for the issue of a driver licence under this rule must pass—

    • (a) the appropriate theory test or tests under clause 45 for the particular class of licence sought; and

    • (b) the appropriate practical driving test or tests under clauses 48 or 49 for the particular class of licence sought.

    (1A) The specified persons are persons who, at the close of 2 May 1999,—

    • (a) were disqualified from holding or obtaining a driver licence; or

    • (c) were 71 years of age or more and held any expired driver licence.

    (2) If the person referred to in subclause (1) was the holder of a learner licence, all the requirements of clause 17 and clause 19 apply.

    (3) If the person referred to in subclause (1) was the holder of a restricted licence all the requirements of clause 19 apply.

    Clause 121(1): substituted, on 4 October 1999, by clause 27 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 1999 (SR 1999/302).

    Clause 121(1A): inserted, on 4 October 1999, by clause 27 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 1999 (SR 1999/302).

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

  • Heading: added, on 4 October 1999, by clause 28 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 1999 (SR 1999/302).

122 P, I, O, and V endorsements may be re-issued for 12 months
  • (1) A person who, on 4 October 1999, holds a current P, I, O, or V licence endorsement that was issued for 5 years may surrender the person's endorsement to the Agency and apply for a new endorsement of the type surrendered.

    (2) If the applicant complies with clauses 9 to 11 and 14, the Agency must issue the endorsement for 12 months beginning on its date of issue.

    Clause 122: added, on 4 October 1999, by clause 28 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 1999 (SR 1999/302).

    Clause 122(1): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).

    Clause 122(2): amended, on 1 August 2008, by section 50(2) of the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47).


Schedule 1
Objective of the rule

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This rule specifies the requirements for obtaining and renewing a driver licence in New Zealand. It sets out the requirements for the holder of a driver licence to obtain or renew a licence endorsement that will enable the endorsement holder to use a motor vehicle for specified activities. The rule also specifies the requirements for those who provide services related to the licensing of drivers.

The overarching objective of the rule is to make significant gains in land transport safety through the implementation of an improved system for driver licensing. Changes in the new system affect young and novice drivers, disqualified and unlicensed drivers, older drivers, commercial drivers, and overseas visitors and immigrants who wish to drive in New Zealand. These changes are aimed, in particular, at reducing the exposure of young drivers (between the ages of 15 and 24 years) to road crashes; reducing the crash risk of other novice drivers; reducing the numbers of drivers who drive while unlicensed or disqualified; having better-prepared and better-skilled drivers; improving enforcement and deterrence; improving driver attitudes; and developing a more positive road safety culture.

Major policy changes to the driver licensing system were authorised by the Land Transport Act 1998. These included the requirement to have photographs on driver licences, and the mandatory carriage of driver licences.

Within the framework of the major driver licensing policy changes, the rule gives effect to a new graduated classification system of licensing drivers so they have the necessary skills and experience to drive different types of vehicle. There are new testing requirements for obtaining a licence that emphasise skills, such as hazard perception, that are equally as important as vehicle-control skills for safe driving. The rule introduces ten-yearly licence renewal and relaxes the renewal regime for older drivers. It sets out a new system of driver licence endorsements and rationalises and updates the requirements for the medical and fit and proper person checking of drivers who drive for a living and drivers of specific classes or types of vehicles. The rule also introduces new requirements governing driver licensing course providers, driving instructors, and testing officers.

Many features of the previous driver licensing system are still relevant and these have been retained. In some cases, notably the Graduated Driver Licensing System, those features have been modified to improve them.

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

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In 1994, the Land Transport Authority (LTSA) began a major review of the system for licensing drivers in New Zealand, which has involved widespread public consultation. This has included the release in 1996 of 9 discussion papers outlining policy options for public comment. Five hundred and thirty-five formal submissions were received on the discussion papers. In response to a nationwide newspaper questionnaire, 41 000 members of the public expressed their views on the broad options for changes to the driver licensing system.

In March 1997, the LTSA released, for consideration by interested groups, government agencies, and the public, its proposed policies for changes to the driver licensing system. The proposed policy document was issued, in place of the usual first (red) draft of a proposed rule, in recognition of the widespread public interest in driver licensing and in order to seek comments and receive feedback from interested parties on the proposed changes. More than 4 000 copies of the document were issued and 554 submissions were received.

The submissions received on the proposed policy document, along with others received in the course of the review, were considered and decisions arrived at on proposed changes to the driver licensing system. These formed the policy framework for the first legal draft (yellow draft) of the Driver Licensing Rule.

The yellow draft rule was released for public consultation in November 1997. The draft rule was publicised in metropolitan and regional newspapers throughout New Zealand, in the New Zealand Gazette, and in other relevant publications. It was sent to libraries and transport authorities overseas and was made available on the Internet. Copies were also sent to individuals and organisations that had expressed an interest in the rule or who had commented on the proposed policy document. The LTSA received 85 written submissions on the yellow draft.

At the same time as the LTSA released the yellow draft of the rule, Parliament's Transport and Environment Select Committee sought public submissions on the Land Transport Bill, which authorised the major policy changes for the new driver licensing system. Submissions on the Bill closed on 28 February 1998 and the Select Committee held hearings in March/April 1998 to consider the submissions. The Land Transport Act 1998 was passed by Parliament on 3 December 1998.

The green draft rule was released for selected industry consultation, focussing on changes since the yellow draft rule on 4 December 1998. Meetings to discuss the green draft were held with industry representatives in Auckland, Christchurch, and Wellington. The LTSA received 41 written submissions on the green draft. Approval was given for the policy positions adopted in this rule by Cabinet in February 1999.

Overseas best practice and New Zealand's international obligations have been taken into account in developing the rule, and the rule has been subjected to overseas peer review. Privacy, civil liberty, and human rights have also been addressed and both privacy and human rights impact assessments have been prepared and made available to the public.

Schedule 2A
Transitional, savings, and related provisions

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  • Schedule 2A: inserted, on 1 December 2014, by clause 36 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2014 (LI 2014/265).

Provision relating to Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2014

Transitional provision in relation to existing licences of Class 1L, Class 1R, Class 6L, or Class 6R

Schedule 3
Classes of driver licence

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  • Schedule 3: replaced, on 1 April 2012, by clause 44 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/306).

Licence classes Motor vehicle to which licence relates
Classes 1L and 1R 
  • (a) a motor vehicle (including a tractor but excluding a motorcycle) that has a gross laden weight of not more than 4 500 kg, or a combination vehicle that has a gross combined weight of not more than 4 500 kg

  • (b) a motorised mobile home or self-propelled caravan that has a gross laden weight of not more than 6 000 kg, provided its on-road weight does not exceed 4 500 kg

  • (c) a tradeperson's vehicle that has a gross laden weight of not more than 6 000 kg, provided its on-road weight does not exceed 4 500 kg

Class 1R 

an agricultural tractor that has a gross laden weight of not more than 18 000 kg, or a combination vehicle (consisting of an agricultural tractor and agricultural trailer) that has a gross combined weight of not more than 25 000 kg, if driven (in either case) at a speed not exceeding 40 kph

Class 1 
  • (a) a special-type vehicle that is a forklift or runs on rollers or self-laying tracks and has a gross laden weight of not more than 18 000 kg

  • (b) a special-type vehicle that runs on wheels and has a gross laden weight of—

    • (i) not more than 6 000 kg; or

    • (ii) more than 6 000 kg but not more than 18 000 kg, if driven at a speed not exceeding—

      • (A) 40 kph, in the case of a special-type vehicle that is an agricultural motor vehicle; or

      • (B) 30 kph, in the case of any other special-type vehicle

  • (c) any tractor with a gross laden weight of not more than 6 000 kg

  • (d) a tractor (other than an agricultural tractor) with a gross laden weight of more than 6 000 kg but not more that 18 000 kg, if driven at a speed not exceeding 30 kph

  • (e) a combination vehicle, consisting of a tractor (other than an agricultural tractor) towing a trailer, with a gross combined weight of not more than 25 000 kg, if it is being used in non-agricultural land management operations and is driven at a speed not exceeding 30 kph

  • (ea) an agricultural tractor with a gross laden weight of more than 6 000 kg but not more than 18 000 kg, or a combination vehicle (consisting of an agricultural tractor and agricultural trailer) with a gross combined weight of not more than 25 000 kg, if (in either case) driven at a speed not exceeding 40 kph

  • (eb) an agricultural tractor with a gross laden weight of more than 6 000 kg but not more than 18 000 kg, or a combination vehicle (consisting of an agricultural tractor and agricultural trailer) with a gross combined weight of not more than 25 000 kg, if (in either case) the driver holds a special-type vehicle endorsement

  • (f) a rigid vehicle with a gross laden weight of not more than 6 000 kg

  • (g) a combination vehicle (other than a combination vehicle that comes within paragraph (e), (ea), or (eb) of this definition) with a gross combined weight of not more than 6 000 kg

Classes 2 and 2L 
  • (a) a rigid vehicle with a gross laden weight of more than 6 000 kg but not more than 18 000 kg

  • (b) a combination vehicle (other than a combination vehicle that comes within paragraph (d) of the definition of Class 1 licence) that has a gross combined weight of more than 6 000 kg but not more than 12 000 kg

  • (c) a combination vehicle (other than a combination vehicle that comes within paragraphs (d) or (f) of the definition of Class 1 licence or paragraph (b) of this definition) consisting of a rigid vehicle (with a gross laden weight of not more than 18 000 kg) towing a light trailer

  • (d) a rigid vehicle with a gross laden weight of more than 18 000 kg with not more than 2 axles

  • (e) a tractor with a gross laden weight of more than 6 000 kg but not more than 18 000 kg, if driven at a speed exceeding 30 kph

Class 2 
  • (a) a special-type vehicle that is a forklift or runs on rollers or self-laying tracks and has a gross laden weight of more than 18 000 kg

  • (b) a special-type vehicle that runs on wheels and has a gross laden weight of more than 6 000 kg but not more than 18 000 kg, if driven at a speed exceeding 30 kph

  • (c) a special-type vehicle that runs on wheels and has a gross laden weight of more than 18 000 kg, if driven at a speed not exceeding 30 kph

  • (d) a special-type vehicle that is an agricultural motor vehicle that runs on wheels and has a gross laden weight of more than 6 000 kg but not more than 18 000 kg, if driven (whether or not the driver holds a special-type vehicle endorsement) at a speed not exceeding 40 kph

Classes 3 and 3L 

a combination vehicle that has a gross combined weight of more than 12 000 kg but not more than 25 000 kg

Classes 4 and 4L 
  • (a) a rigid vehicle (including a tractor) with a gross laden weight of more than 18 000 kg

  • (b) a combination vehicle consisting of a rigid vehicle (with a gross laden weight of more than 18 000 kg) towing a light trailer

Class 4 

a special-type vehicle that runs on wheels and has a gross laden weight of more than 18 000 kg, if driven at a speed exceeding 30 kph

Classes 5 and 5L a combination vehicle with a gross combined weight of more than 25 000 kg
Classes 6, 6L, and 6R a motorcycle, moped, or all-terrain vehicle
  • Schedule 3: amended, on 1 June 2013, by clause 9(1) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2013 (SR 2013/100).

  • Schedule 3: amended, on 1 June 2013, by clause 9(2)(a) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2013 (SR 2013/100).

  • Schedule 3: amended, on 1 June 2013, by clause 9(2)(b) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2013 (SR 2013/100).

  • Schedule 3: amended, on 1 June 2013, by clause 9(2)(c) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2013 (SR 2013/100).

  • Schedule 3: amended, on 1 June 2013, by clause 9(3) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2013 (SR 2013/100).

  • Schedule 3: amended, on 1 June 2013, by clause 9(4) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2013 (SR 2013/100).

Schedule 4
Types of licence endorsement

cl 8

Identifying letterEndorsement
D

Dangerous goods endorsement

I

Driving instructor endorsement

O

Testing officer endorsement

P

Passenger endorsement

F

Forklift endorsement for use with special-type vehicles that are forklifts

R

Roller endorsement for use with special-type vehicles that run on rollers

T

Tracks endorsement for use with special-type vehicles that run on self-laying tracks

W

Wheels endorsement for use with special-type vehicles that run on wheels and are not forklifts

V

Vehicle recovery endorsement

Schedule 5
Theory tests

cl 45

[Revoked]

  • Schedule 5: revoked, on 16 January 2006, by section 95(12) of the Land Transport Amendment Act 2005 (2005 No 77).

Schedule 6
Practical driving tests

cl 48

[Revoked]

  • Schedule 6: revoked, on 1 August 2011, by section 100(4) of the Land Transport (Road Safety and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2011 (2011 No 13).

Schedule 7
Certification test for testing officer

cl 54

[Revoked]

  • Schedule 7: revoked, on 1 August 2011, by section 100(4) of the Land Transport (Road Safety and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2011 (2011 No 13).

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

cl 89A(3)

  • Schedule 7A: inserted, on 1 September 2008, by clause 15 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2008 (SR 2008/119).

Australia

Austria

Belgium

Canada

Denmark

Finland

France

Germany

Greece

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China

Ireland

Italy

Japan

Luxembourg

Norway

Portugal

Republic of Korea

South Africa

Spain

Sweden

Switzerland

The Netherlands

United Kingdom

United States of America

  • Schedule 7A: amended, on 1 July 2013, by clause 8 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule (No 2) 2013 (SR 2013/131).

  • Schedule 7A: amended, on 1 April 2009, by clause 7 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule (No 2) 2008 (SR 2009/1).

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

cl 89A(4)

  • Schedule 8: added, on 1 June 2006, by clause 43 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2006 (SR 2006/84).

  • Schedule 8 heading: amended, on 1 September 2008, by clause 16 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2008 (SR 2008/119).

Part 1
Holders may apply for any equivalent class of driver licence

  • Schedule 8 Part 1 heading: inserted, on 1 July 2013, by clause 9(1) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule (No 2) 2013 (SR 2013/131).

Australia

Austria

Belgium

Canada

Denmark

Finland

France

Germany

Greece

Ireland

Italy

Japan

Luxembourg

Norway

Portugal

South Africa

Spain

Sweden

Switzerland

The Netherlands

United Kingdom

United States of America

  • Schedule 8 Part 1: amended, on 1 April 2009, by clause 8 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule (No 2) 2008 (SR 2009/1).

Part 2
Holders may apply for equivalent Class 1 or Class 6 driver licence only

  • Schedule 8 Part 2: inserted, on 1 July 2013, by clause 9(2) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule (No 2) 2013 (SR 2013/131).

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China

Republic of Korea

Schedule 9
Evidence of identity

cl 11

  • Schedule 9: inserted, on 1 December 2014, by clause 37 of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2014 (LI 2014/265).

Part 1
Primary evidence of identity documents

Evidence of identity type Issuing agency
New Zealand passport Department of Internal Affairs (identity services)
Overseas passport (may include New Zealand immigration visa or permit issued by Department of Labour) Overseas authority
New Zealand emergency travel document Department of Internal Affairs (identity services)
New Zealand refugee travel document Department of Internal Affairs (identity services)
New Zealand certificate of identity (issued under the Passports Act 1992 to non-New Zealand citizens who cannot obtain a passport from their country of origin) Department of Internal Affairs (identity services)
New Zealand certificate of identity (issued under the Immigration Act 1987 issued to people who have refugee status) Department of Labour (Immigration)
New Zealand firearms licence New Zealand Police
New Zealand full birth certificate issued on or after 1 January 1998 carrying a unique identification number Department of Internal Affairs (identity services)
New Zealand citizenship certificate Department of Internal Affairs (identity services)

Part 2
Supporting evidence of identity documents

Evidence of identity type Issuing agency
18+ card Hospitality New Zealand Incorporated
Community services card Ministry of Social Development
SuperGold Card Ministry of Social Development
Veteran SuperGold Card Ministry of Social Development
New Zealand student photo identification card New Zealand educational institution
New Zealand employee photo identification card Employer
New Zealand electoral roll record Electoral Enrolment Centre of New Zealand Post Limited
Inland Revenue number Inland Revenue Department
New Zealand issued utility bill, issued not more than 6 months before application  
Overseas driver licence Overseas licensing authority
Steps to freedom form Department of Corrections

Part 3
Documents to support name change

Document or record Issuing agency or organisation
New Zealand birth certificate (issued for the purpose) Department of Internal Affairs (identity services)
Change of name by statutory declaration Department of Internal Affairs (identity services)
Change of name by deed poll Department of Internal Affairs (identity services)
New Zealand name change certificate Department of Internal Affairs (identity services)
New Zealand marriage certificate Department of Internal Affairs (identity services)
New Zealand civil union certificate Department of Internal Affairs (identity services)
New Zealand dissolution of marriage or civil union papers Ministry of Justice
Certificate of annulment Ministry of Justice

Dated at Wellington this 31st day of March 1999.

Maurice Williamson,
Minister of Transport.


Issued under the authority of the Legislation Act 2012.

Date of notification in Gazette: 1 April 1999.


Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 2011

(SR 2011/306)

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

Rule

2 Commencement
  • (1) The following clauses come into force on 1 October 2012:

    • (a) clause 6(3) as far as it relates to the definition of approved motorcycle:

    • (b) clause 10(2) as far as it relates to clause 16(1)(d)(i)(A) of the principal rule (as amended by this rule):

    • (c) clause 11:

    • (d) clause 12(2) as far as it relates to clause 18(1)(b)(i) of the principal rule (as amended by this rule):

    • (e) clause 13:

    • (f) clause 14:

    • (g) clause 16:

    • (h) clause 26:

    • (i) clause 27:

    • (j) clauses 39 and 40 as far as they relate to clause 93(d), (e), (j), and (k) of the principal rule (as amended by this rule).

    (2) Clause 44 comes into force on 1 April 2012.

    (3) The rest of this rule comes into force on 1 October 2011.

45 Transitional provision
  • A photographic driver licence issued by the Agency before the commencement of clause 28 of this rule remains valid until the licence is renewed even if that format of the licence does not comply with the requirements of clause 63 of the principal rule (as amended by this rule).

Dated at Wellington this 26th day of August 2011.

Steven Joyce,
Minister of Transport.

Date of notification in Gazette: 1 September 2011.


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

(SR 2013/131)

Pursuant to sections 152, 154, and 158 of the Land Transport Act 1998, and after having had regard to the criteria specified in section 164(2) of that Act, the Associate Minister of Transport makes the following ordinary rule.

Rule

2 Commencement
  • This rule comes into force on 1 July 2013.

3 Principal rule
  • This rule amends the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Rule 1999 (the principal rule).

10 Transitional provision for applicants holding licences issued in Hong Kong or Republic of Korea
  • (1) This clause applies to a person—

    • (a) who is the holder of a valid driver licence or permit issued in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China or in the Republic of Korea; and

    • (b) who, before the commencement of this clause, applied under clause 89 of the principal rule for a Class 1 or Class 6 driver licence, but had not passed all of the appropriate tests.

    (2) If, before the commencement of this clause, a person to whom this clause applies—

    • (a) passed the appropriate theory test under clause 45 of the principal rule and had not sat the appropriate practical driving test, that person is not required to sit the practical driving test:

    • (b) failed the appropriate theory test under clause 45 of the principal rule and had not sat the appropriate practical driving test, that person must pass that theory test but is not required to sit the appropriate practical driving test:

    • (c) failed the appropriate practical driving test, that person must pass that practical driving test.

Dated at Wellington this 30th day of April 2013.

Michael Woodhouse,
Associate Minister of Transport.

Date of notification in Gazette: 9 May 2013.


Reprints notes
1 General
  • This is a reprint of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Rule 1999 that incorporates all the amendments to that rule as at the date of the last amendment to it.

2 Legal status
  • Reprints are presumed to correctly state, as at the date of the reprint, the law enacted by the principal enactment and by any amendments to that enactment. Section 18 of the Legislation Act 2012 provides that this reprint, published in electronic form, has the status of an official version under section 17 of that Act. A printed version of the reprint produced directly from this official electronic version also has official status.

3 Editorial and format changes
4 Amendments incorporated in this reprint