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What Types of Driver's Licence Do Car Rental Companies Accept?

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At the time of rental, you must present a valid driver's licence, however, the car rental company may also request for other supporting documents. If the licence is not in English, then an International Driving Permit will be required. To help you have a positive car rental experience, VroomVroomVroom has compiled the types of licences usually accepted by major suppliers in New Zealand, including the other requirements when renting a car.

Types of Licences

An international visitor planning to rent a car in New Zealand must present a full valid driver's licence issued from their country of residence. This must be held for a minimum of 12 months to be considered valid. If the licence is not valid, it can fall into one of these types - expired, suspended and revoked. Any driver with a suspended, revoked, expired, cancelled or surrendered driver's licence is not qualified to operate and drive a car:

Other requirements:

  • Probationary licences are not acceptable nor are photocopies or scans.
  • All documents must be original. Photocopies of credit cards are not acceptable as ID
  • Drivers and renters are encouraged to carry other forms of ID.

Can I rent a car with a restricted licence?

Major car rental companies in New Zealand do not allow drivers with restricted licences to rent a car, however, Provisional/Probationary Licence holders may be permitted to rent a car with Alamo or Enterprise but have to pay an additional Probationary Licence Fee. 

Get more information about the rental rules for each car rental agency below.

Car Rental CompanyValid Drivers LicenceInvalid Drivers Licence
Aerodrive

Must hold a current full valid driver licence written in English appropriate for the Vehicle. If requested, the Hirer must produce a certified English translation of their licence and or an international driver licence.

Learner's Permits, Provisional or Probationary licences.​

Alamo

All drivers must have held their license for a minimum of one year.

If any driver is on a probationary license there is an additional Probationary License Fee of 20.00NZD per day, which excludes GST.

We accept current New Zealand, International and overseas licences. Overseas licences that are not easily identifiable as a drivers licence must be accompanied by an International Licence or English translation.

Valid driver's licence must be held for a minimum of 12 months.

Learner's Permits or Restricted licences.​

Avis

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

International and overseas licences written in English.

Non-English licence holders 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.

Budget

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

International and overseas licences written in English.

Non-English licence holders 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.

East Coast

Drivers who hold a valid New Zealand Provisional License may rent from East Coast Car Rental​s.

The New Zealand "P Plate" driver must have held his license for a minimum of 12 months. Note that the driver must provide a "P plate" for display on the vehicle. These are readily available from most service stations.​

Learner Drivers (L Plate​).

Enterprise

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

Probationary licence held for a minimum of 12 months with an additional Probationary Licence Fee.

International and overseas licences written in English.

Non-English licence holders must be accompanied by an International Licence or English translation document such as China Notaries Certificate (CNC) for renters from China.

Learner's Permits or Restricted licences.
Europcar

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

If the driver's licence is not in English then the renter must also have an English translation issued by NZ Transport Agency authorised translation service or an International Driving Permit issued in the country of residence.​

Learner's Permits and Provisional Licences are not acceptable nor are photocopies.

Go Rentals

Current valid driver licence in English. If the licence is not in English, the driver must obtain an International Driving Permit or an approved translation of their licence.

Only New Zealand temporary licences are permitted to hire a vehicle with GO Rentals. Photo identification will also be required if hiring with a New Zealand temporary licence.

If you’re holding a NZ restricted licence, you’ll be good to hire and/or drive a GO Rentals car. For insurance purposes you are subject to the conditions of your licence. You may be liable for any insurance claim should a claim result from driving outside those conditions.

We accept full valid driver’s licences from most countries.

International driving licences are also accepted, and all licences must be in English.​

Learners or Provisional (P) Plate licences.

Hertz

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

International and overseas licences written in English.

Non-English licence holders 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.

Thrifty

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

International and overseas licences written in English.

Non-English licence holders 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.


Check out our T&C pages for more details. Click here if you want to know how much the young driver surcharge is per supplier. If you have any questions on licence requirements, feel free to contact us so we can help you have the best car rental booking experience.

Read more about Licence Requirements for Renting a Car in New Zealand.

Important:

Beware of licence restrictions

Drivers are not permitted to rent a car with a suspended, revoked, expired, cancelled or surrendered licence. In addition, individuals with Learner's Permits or Restricted licences may not be allowed to operate any rented vehicles in New Zealand. Currently, Enterprise rents to Provisional Licence holders, which are over 21 and have held their Licence for a minimum of 1 year. Make sure to check and confirm this with your rental car company.