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Overseas Driver's Licences or International Driving Permits
If you hold a valid overseas driver's licence or an international driving permit, you can drive in New Zealand for a maximum of 3 months after you first arrive. You must also carry that licence or permit with you at all times when driving. You will only be able to drive those types of vehicles for which you were licensed in your country of origin. Before the 3 months expires you should apply for a New Zealand driver's licence. You will need two kinds of identification (ID) to prove who you are and what your current address is. If you do not apply for a New Zealand driver's licence within 3 months of arriving in New Zealand, you will become an unlicensed driver and could be charged if you are caught driving by the police. You need a licence to obtain car insurance.
The Road code
The Road code explains the New Zealand driving laws and practices and is a guide for drivers who are preparing for a theory or practical driving test. You can buy a copy of the Rode Code from bookstores or you may borrow one from a public library.
Seatbelts, Motorbike Helmets and Cycle HelmetsIt is compulsory for car drivers and all passengers to wear seat belts. On bikes helmets must be worn.
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