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

    licence types

    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 at Enterprise with an additional Probationary Licence Fee of NZD$23* inc GST per day.

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

    Car Rental CompanyValid Drivers LicenceInvalid Drivers LicenceMinimum Age
    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.
    21 for all car groups.

    Young driver surcharge applies to drivers aged 21-24 years old.
    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.21 for all car groups.

    Young driver surcharge applies to drivers aged 21-24 years old.
    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.21 for Economy, Compact, Intermediate and Standard vehicle classes.

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

    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 and Provisional Licences are not acceptable nor are photocopies.21 for Economy, Standard Intermediate and Fullsize vehicle classes.

    Young driver surcharge applies to drivers aged 21-24 years old.
    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.
    21 for Economy Manual, Compact Manual, Compact Auto, Intermediate Auto, Fullsize Auto, Premium Wagon, 4WD and Luxury
    8-seater vehicle classes.

    An Age Surcharge will apply for all drivers, whether Additional Authorised Drivers or on the rental agreement, who are aged between 18-20 years old.

    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.21 for Standard vehicle class.

    An Age Surcharge will apply for all drivers, whether Additional Authorised Drivers or on the rental agreement, who are aged between 18-20 years old.

    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 Requirementsfor 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.

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