Cabinet agreed to extend all expired Driving Licences by up to 6 months

9 Apr 2020

Cabinet agreed to extend all expired licences by up to 6 months, by way of a Rule change.  The amended rules come into force tomorrow.
 
The change applies to any licences that were due to expire from 1 January (unless they were otherwise already revoked), and applies for a period for up to 6 months.    
 
Waka Kotahi is working on a plan for transitioning out of the lockdown, recognising that there will be a backlog of licence (and WOF and other requirements) renewals to work through.  As part of that transition, we might shorten the exemption period (i.e. require licences to be renewed before the end of the 6 month period).  We will communicate the transition plan as its developed. 
 
For now the message for general practitioners to communicate to drivers over 75 is that they can continue to drive using their existing licence, as the term of the licence has been deemed to have been extended until further notice.
You can find a summary of the changes here: https://www.nzta.govt.nz/about-us/coronavirus-disease-covid-19-services-update/frequently-asked-questions/rules-changes-general-faqs/