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Ontario and New Zealand Endorse New Driver's License Exchange Agreement

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Ontario and New Zealand Endorse New Driver's License Exchange Agreement

Province Helping New Residents Make an Easier Transition

Ministry of Transportation

Drivers moving between Ontario and New Zealand can now exchange their valid driver's licences upon relocation without having to take a written or road test, making it easier for new residents to get to work, school or appointments. 

Thanks to a new reciprocal driver's license agreement between Ontario and New Zealand, people moving between these jurisdictions can now exchange their Ontario Class G and New Zealand Class 1 licences for passenger vehicles. Drivers will still need to meet required medical and vision standards.

This partnership will reduce unnecessary testing and help make the transition easier for new residents, while maintaining road safety.

Making it easier for people to get to where they need to go is part of the government's economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario has driver’s licence exchange agreements or processes in place to exchange specific classes of licences for drivers from all Canadian provinces and territories, Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Great Britain, Germany, Ireland, Isle of Man, Japan, Korea, Northern Ireland, Japan, Switzerland, the United States and New Zealand.
  • Reciprocal driver’s licence agreements are signed only after a stringent review has determined that the jurisdiction provides drivers with the necessary skills and abilities to safely operate a vehicle on our roads.
  • New Ontario residents can use a valid licence from another jurisdiction for 60 days. After 60 days, they need to get an Ontario driver’s licence.

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“This agreement will allow new residents from New Zealand get settled in Ontario and be able to move around freely as quickly as possible. It will also do the same for Ontarians working in New Zealand. Licence exchange agreements like this one reduce delays for newcomers while ensuring drivers who have the skill and experience required to drive are able to do so safely.”

Steven Del Duca

Minister of Transportation

“This decision signifies our strong ties with Canada and in particular the people of Ontario. It will make it easier for people from New Zealand to convert their driver licence to an Ontario driver licence and vice versa, and we look forward to seeing this reciprocal arrangement in action.”

Geoff Dangerfield

New Zealand Transport Agency Chief Executive

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