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Drivers Licence Requirements in New Zealand

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Are you planning to rent a car in New Zealand? One of the main requirements when hiring a car is presenting a valid driver's licence, but some car rental companies may request for other supporting documents. It will be a real bummer if you couldn't get your vehicle because of incomplete requirements. So, take time to read some of the important details below.

What driving licence do I need to drive a rental car?

We at VroomVroomVroom want you to have a stress-free booking experience that's why we have listed down all our partners and their drivers licence requirements to make it easier for you in choosing a rental car. 


Car Rental Company

Valid Drivers Licence Invalid Drivers Licence Minimum Age
Avis logo

Full driver's licence held for a minimum of 12 months.
  
International and overseas licences written in English.

Non-English licence need to present an international driving permit written in English or translation document such as China Notaries Certificate (CNC) for renters from China.

Learner's Permits, Provisional or Probationary licences.

Suspended, revoked, expired, cancelled or surrendered driver's licence.
21 for all car groups.

Young driver surcharge applies to drivers aged 21-24 years old.
Budget logo

Full driver's licence.

International and overseas licences written in English.

Non-English licence need to present an international driving permit written in English or translation document such as China Notaries Certificate (CNC) for renters from China.

Learner's Permits, Provisional or Restricted licences. 21 for all car groups.

Young driver surcharge applies to drivers aged 21-24 years old.
Enterprise logo

Full driver's and Provisional licences held for a minimum of 12 months.

Probationary license held for a minimum of 12 months with an additional Probationary License Fee.

International and overseas licences written in English.

Non-English licence need to present an international driving permit written in English or translation document such as China Notaries Certificate (CNC) for renters from China.

Learner's Permits. 21 for Economy, Compact, Intermediate and Standard vehicle classes.

Young driver surcharge applies to drivers aged 21-24 years old.
Europcar logo

Full driver's licence held for a minimum of 12 months.

International and overseas licences written in English.

Non-English licence need to present an international driving permit written in English or translation document such as China Notaries Certificate (CNC) for renters from China.

Learner's Permits, Provisional or Restricted licences. 21 for Economy, Standard Intermediate and Fullsize vehicle classes.

Young driver surcharge applies to drivers aged 21-24 years old.
Hertz logo
Full driver's licence held for a minimum of 12 months.

International and overseas licences written in English.
  
Non-English licence need to present an international driving permit written in English or translation document such as China Notaries Certificate (CNC) for renters from China.
Learner's Permits, Provisional or Restricted licences.
21 for Economy Manual, Compact Manual, Compact Auto, Intermediate Auto, Fullsize Auto, Premium Wagon, 4WD and Luxury
8-seater vehicle classes.

Young driver surcharge applies to drivers aged 21-24 years old.

Thrifty logo

Full driver's licence held for a minimum of 12 months.

International and overseas licences written in English.

Non-English licence need to present an international driving permit written in English or translation document such as China Notaries Certificate (CNC) for renters from China.

Learner's Permits, Provisional or Restricted licences. 21 for Standard vehicle class.

Young driver surcharge applies to drivers aged 21-24 years old.

Check out our TnC pages for more details. Click here if you want to know how much the young driver surcharge is per supplier. You may also want to check out our Guide to Renting a Car in New Zealand

If you have any questions regarding driving licence requirements or other concerns, feel free to contact us so we can help you have the best car rental booking experience.

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