9:15 a.m. – All New Zealand driver’s licenses and license riders that expired on or after July 21, 2021 will now be valid until May 31, 2022 due to the impacts of the ongoing epidemic, the Minister of Transport said on Tuesday. Michael Wood.
“This new extension of the validity of driving licenses recognizes that COVID-19 restrictions, particularly in Auckland, have had an impact on the ability of people to renew their licenses,” said Wood.
“The impact of COVID-19 and prolonged lockdowns has been difficult for everyone, and it’s a small thing we can take off the to-do list until next year. The expansion won’t change drivers’ responsibility to be medically fit to drive, to comply with the relevant restrictions and conditions of their license and to obey all rules of the road. All license suspensions and disqualifications will also continue to apply. .
The extension of the expiry date of the Mandates of Proficiency (WoF), Certificates of Proficiency (CoF) and Vehicle Licenses (‘regos’) has not been extended. Any such certifications that expired on or after July 21, 2021 will only be valid until November 30, 2021.
“Unlike driver’s licenses, people were able to get their WoF, CoF, and regos under the alert level system, so their expiration dates were not extended,” Wood explained.
“During the expansion, over 1.2 million WoF and CoF inspections have been performed and over 1.1 million regos have been renewed. I encourage those who have not yet done theirs. to act quickly to do so before leaving for the summer.
“I also urge everyone, before any trip, to check that their vehicle is safe. We ask drivers before leaving, to check your tires, windshields, wipers, mirrors, indicators, to find the rust and test your lights. “
The extension applies to:
- driver’s license
- driver’s license endorsements (e.g. P endorsements which allow license holders to carry passengers for a fee)
- driver identification cards (for example those displayed in taxis).