What Drivers Licence is required for Car Rental in New Zealand?
When you drive your car rental in New Zealand, you must carry your driver's licence and driving permit with you at all times. Your driver's licence will prove to the police, or other New Zealand authority, that you have the skills and knowledge necessary to be a safe driver on New Zealand roads. Your licence also provides useful photographic identification which can help identify you in case of an accident or emergency situation.
Tips on what type of Driver's Licence is Needed for Car Rental in New Zealand
For most car rentals in New Zealand, a full driver's licence is required. Often this must have been held for a minimum of three years or longer, although you should check with your car rentals company for its individual licence policy. If you have not held your licence for three years, an insurance premium may apply
If your licence or International Driver's Permit (IDP) is not in English, you must carry an accurate English translation provided by:
- A translation service approved by Land Transport New Zealand
- A diplomatic representative at a high commission, embassy or consulate, or
- The authority that issued your licence.
Note: if your driver licence is not in English, an IDP in English may be acceptable as a translation.
If you do not have a current and valid international driver licence or IDP then you cannot drive in New Zealand.
Booking your Car Rental in New Zealand
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