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    Default Good news for migrant drivers

    From 1st September 2008 drivers (from *certain countries and who have held a full licence for 2+ years) wanting to convert to a NZ licence won't have to do the theory test.

    8. What has the amendment Rule changed?

    From 1 September 2008, drivers applying to convert their overseas licence to a New Zealand Class 1 (light four-wheeled vehicle) or Class 6 (motorcycle) licence will not have to pass a theory test if their overseas licence was issued by one of the specified countries whose licence holders are currently exempt from passing a practical driving test in New Zealand. Applicants who are applying to convert heavy vehicle licence classes to New Zealand’s equivalent classes (ie, Classes 2-5) will still have to pass an appropriate theory test in New Zealand.


    From here.

    * Specified countries

    Australia
    Austria
    Belgium
    Canada
    Denmark
    Finland
    France
    Germany
    Greece
    Ireland
    Italy
    Luxembourg
    Norway
    Portugal
    South Africa
    Spain
    Sweden
    Switzerland
    The Netherlands
    United Kingdom
    United States of America
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    oh thats brilliant news.
    will wait till september then.
    maybe just as well as ive had 2 go,s at the online one you sent me MB and ive failed it twice
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    Thats great news as I was about to be smug ..and fail my test.
    I will wait till sept and get a new one as some thief stole my uk one in Guam...

    Not sure about the rules of who has right on way here..
    basicly, a KIWI behind the wheel rules over all..

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    oooh I guess that is good news, but the rules of the road are so different there we'll be studying the manual anyway! Even after driving there 8 yrs ago..we know we don't understand it all!

    when I saw the post title my silly brain thought ooooh goody they've gone sensible and switched to driving on the RIGHT side of the road! lol

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    Great news, thanks MB. In this case we wait until September before we convert our licences.
    Got Job offer in November 2007
    Got 3-years work visa valid to 15.01.2011 in Jan 08
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    Loged my PR the 28th March 2008
    PR approved 23.07.2008

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    Yay!!

    We will wait til after september then to do ours- espeschially as hubby would have had to do 2 (bike and car).
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    Damn, I so wish this would come in a bit earlier, like right now :) We have been here a year come this weekend so I really need to get of my bum and do my theory test and get my NZ license but I have been wimping out hehe More often than not I pass the practise online test, but you just know sods law I will probably fail when it comes to the real thing lol

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    So cause im from the UK and had my license more than 2 years, does this mean i dont have to take any tests?

    /Me is kinda confused....

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    Hi TeznBex
    yip thats what it means
    Just now you have to do a theory test(when having a practice,i keep failing.oops)
    Well in sept they are stopping it if youve had your UK license for 2 yrs
    So Hubby and I are waiting until september
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    I'm with Heidi on wanting to review the manual. We survived driving on holiday, but knowing a little more than what the car rental agency provided would be good. I still need to work out the whole "who has the right-of-way" question, because it isn't a simple spatial flip from the US rules.
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