Driver Licence Translation

How to request a Driver Licence translation

Request a driver licence certified translation approved by NZTA with easy 3 steps to follow: fill in the form, upload the document and make the payment.


You can choose how to receive your translation: via email, courier or pick it up at our office.


NZ$45* per driver licence – 1 working day after payment.


*From German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian only.


For any other language and 6 documents or more, please contact us for a quote.


In a hurry? Express Service available from Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 4 pm.


Only NZ$60** per driver licence – this service is not available on the weekend.


**From German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian only.


For any other language and 6 documents or more, please contact us for a quote.




Document 1 *

Document 2 *

Document 3 *

Document 4 *

* Please note that you can upload the following file types: .png, .jpg, .pdf, .xls, .xlsx, .doc, .docx, with a maximum size of 10MB each!


Online payment: account number 06 0284 0088963 00. Please enter YOUR NAME as a reference.

Credit card: call +64 9 303 0590 to formalise the payment over the phone.

Paypal: Click the button to be redirected to PayPal website and make your payment.




  • By email. A scanned and emailed copy of your translation can only be used to hire a vehicle from a vehicle hire company and drive legally on New Zealand roads for up to 12 months. For all other purposes, you must have the original translated document; therefore, you will need to choose one of the options below:
  • By overnight courier to anywhere in New Zealand. Please let us know your postal address and postcode. We can courier the translation overnight to you for an additional NZ $7 within the urban area or $14 to a rural area. Most courier deliveries will be delivered the next day if the document is couriered before 3 pm the previous day;
  • Pick-up. You are welcome to visit our office at Level 6 – 71, Symonds St – Grafton – Auckland, to collect the translation during our opening hours of 10 am to 5 pm – Monday to Thursday.


We provide translations approved by NZTA of all major languages such as:

  • Chinese (mainland China, Taiwan)
  • Danish (Denmark)
  • Dutch (Netherlands, Belgium)
  • Finnish (Finland)
  • French (France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Morocco, New Caledonia, Switzerland, French Polynesia, Quebec)
  • German (Germany, Austria, Switzerland)
  • Indonesian (Indonesia)
  • Italian (Italy)
  • Japanese (Japan)
  • Malay (Malaysia)
  • Norwegian (Norway)
  • Portuguese (Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, East Timor, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique and Portugal)
  • Spanish (Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay, and Venezuela)
  • Swedish (Sweden)


Our Express Service automatically applies to Driver Licences in languages originally from countries in Europe and Latin-America.


For other languages please contact us for a tailored quote and time frame, we may still be able to provide a same-day service.

Why you need an approved translation for your driver licence

You can legally drive in New Zealand for up to 12 months of your arrival if you have a current driver’s licence.  If the licence is not in English, you must carry an accurate English translation.


You can also legally drive in New Zealand for up to 12 months of your arrival if you have an International Driving Permit that is issued in English or translated into English, provided that you also carry the current driver licence that the permit is based on.


In New Zealand all drivers, including visitors from other countries, must carry their licence or permit at all times when driving. You will only be able to drive the same types of vehicles you are licensed to drive in your home country. The common legal age to rent a car in New Zealand is 21 years.


It is important to note that if you are caught driving without an acceptable English translation or an IDP, you may be prosecuted for driving unlicensed or for driving without an appropriate licence. You will be liable for an infringement fee of NZ$400, or up to NZ$1,000 if you are convicted in court.


The police also have the power to forbid an unlicensed driver to drive until they have an appropriate licence. If you continue to drive after being forbidden, the vehicle you are driving will be impounded for 28 days, at the vehicle owner’s expense. You may also risk not being covered by your insurance in the event of a crash.


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