The request was partially successful.
From: Jody Muntz
Dear Ministry of Transport,
Do I need a nz driver's license to travel in a private capacity and vehicle on public roads in nz, not for commerce and under the law of the land, Common law.
Ministry of Transport
Kia ora Jody,
The concern of your correspondence falls within the responsibilities of Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency. Accordingly, your request is being transferred to Waka Kotahi today.
You will hear further from Waka Kotahi in due course.
Harry (He / Him)
Kaitohutohu - Tuhinga Ōkawa|Adviser, Official Correspondence
From: Complaints Escalation
Kia ora Jody
Thank you for your email on 28 September 2023 to Ministry of Transport. As
the regulator of the land transport system, your email has been referred
to Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency for response.
You must hold a valid New Zealand or overseas driver licence to drive on
public roads in New Zealand. You can drive on New Zealand roads without
a New Zealand driver licence if:
o You have a current and valid overseas licence or driver permit, and
o You haven’t been given a disqualification or suspension in New
o You came into New Zealand less than 12 months ago, and
o Your overseas licence is in English, or you have an accurate
o You haven’t been granted a New Zealand driver licence since you last
entered New Zealand
If you have been in New Zealand for longer than 12 months you must
convert your overseas driver licence.
If you do not hold a valid overseas licence and wish to drive on public
roads in New Zealand you must obtain a New Zealand driver licence through
the Graduated Driver Licensing System.
For more information on driving in New Zealand, please see below a link to
the Driving in New Zealand brochure:
Driving in New Zealand
Ngâ mihi nui
Keely Puklowski (She/Her)
Complaints Advisor, Customer Experience
Customer and Services
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency