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Old May 14th 2013, 8:15 pm
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Hi, I would like to know what level of NZ driving licence my full UK car licence is equivalent too.
Also my Girlfriends UK PCV/Coach/Bus licence.
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Old May 14th 2013, 8:36 pm
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not sure on your girlfriends but if you have a full UK car licence then you have a year in which to get your NZ one. All it takes is a trip to the local AA shop, eye test (if you are a AA member you can get a free one at Spec savers every 2 years, just say its for your licence), fill in a form, have a photo taken and pays your money. you get a temp one there and then and they send the master one in the post a week or so later.
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Thanks for the prompt reply, I am applying for a job that states I must have a class 1 licence, will my UK one be the equivalent?
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Yes it will be fine as class 1 is the lowest class driving licence so the UK one will at least be that.
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just looked at mine and it states classes/endorsements 1 = Motorcar, light motor vehicle 6 - Motorcycle.
So I'm assuming I can drive all the above.

have a look here http://www.nzta.govt.nz/resources/fa...-licences.html

as it may answer the question more fully and may help with out girlfriends query
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Aren't you forgetting the written test? I have a full UK licence and had to do a multi-choice test before being granted a licence.

No practical, just written, or have the rules been changed?
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nope didn't need to do one, got mine October last year (2012)
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Originally Posted by MrsFychan View Post
nope didn't need to do one, got mine October last year (2012)
Must have changed the rules - I got mine in early 2006
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Great got to do ours soon, had the exact same conversation with my brother who said had to do a theory test - great we dont have too. thanks
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As usual prompt & informative. Thanks to one & all.
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Do you surrender you UK licence or is it just proof of a licence? When I lived in Canada I swapped my UK licence for a New Brunswick one to get a car and cheaper insurance. Then just swapped back when I returned to the UK. Is that how it works in NZ?
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You just need to show your licence. They don't take it away from you.

You don't legally need car insurance in NZ so I don't know whether changing your licence will affect the cost very much However I have never driven and would not like to drive in NZ without insurance

It would be helpful to have proof of your insurance history. Though they did just take my word for it that I'd had no claims ever [I was honest as well], another person and/or another company might be a bit less trusting!
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When I insured through the AA I hadn't got my NZ licence yet. I checked with them when they quoted and it didn't affect the cost of the premium but pumped up the excess charge. You can pay for the insurance and then contact them when you get your licence to change the info on their database. A month later a woman drive into the side of me, so I was really glad of the cover. AA was very easy to deal with and there was no excess as I got the driver's details (obviously this will vary with providers).

When I got my NZ licence in 2011 I think the rules had changed just before so that you didn't have to sit a test any more.
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I got my licence in 2008 and didn't need to do a written test then. Think it had just changed when I got mine
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I can tow my horse trailer and drive up to a 7.5ton van/lorry on my current UK licence as I'm so old I am exempt from having to take the new trailer test . Does all of that transfer too or would I need to take a test?
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