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Topic # 126929 24-Jul-2013 10:58
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Currently awaiting my new drivers licence to arrive. 

This post is somewhat 'questioning' the NZTA logic.

1) Issued with a temp paper licence - no worries with this and the 21day expiry
2) After almost two weeks I still havent got the new licence (ok ok the NZTA say it will take between 2-3 weeks to arrive). 

My question is "why is NZ passort renewal so much quicker (from application to arrival of passport within a week) and you get to keep your old passport. 
Why cant NZTA do the same? i.e. just 'clip' it as some governments do with passports but here in NZ they just give you a sticker.

Im told my new licence will have the same number with different version number. IMHO the version number was created for 'credit checks'.

The paper temp licence is pointless as I still have to carry my passport to be able to prove who Iam if needed (murphys law when one doesnt have their licence on them). 
My licence doesnt offically expire until mid August. 

Anyway, I'll no doubt see the postie arrive today with my new licence after creating this post. Im just trying to figure out why the two government departments havent got together and worked out a how to adopt a single process i.e. NZTA to copy DIA's very quick and easy process. 

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  Reply # 864914 24-Jul-2013 11:02
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This is something I have to do in Nov this year and am not really looking forward to it.



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  Reply # 864921 24-Jul-2013 11:06
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Well you get a pre printed letter from NZTA about 5-6 weeks before your licence expires.
If you think you need glasses or might fail the eye test then best to go get a eye test first and take that paperwork to the NZTA agent when you goto get your photo and hand over cash.


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  Reply # 864937 24-Jul-2013 11:27
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You are not actually required to take your license in with you as part of the application process, 

http://www.nzta.govt.nz/licence/renewing-replacing/renewing.html


So I guess if you use your passport as ID, they have no way of actually taking your old licence off you...... as you can validly claim you do not have it with you..... and it is not required for the process



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  Reply # 864944 24-Jul-2013 11:34
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wellygary:
You are not actually required to take your license in with you as part of the application process, 

http://www.nzta.govt.nz/licence/renewing-replacing/renewing.html


So I guess if you use your passport as ID, they have no way of actually taking your old licence off you...... as you can validly claim you do not have it with you..... and it is not required for the process

Quite true... but the cranky old ladies at the agent I went to seemed to be quite insistant that they needed to take my old licence.

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  Reply # 864950 24-Jul-2013 11:40
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I got caught out a few years ago when I renewed mine. They took my existing photographic licence off me, and it made things very awkward when I went out to buy some alcohol immediately afterwards.

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  Reply # 864960 24-Jul-2013 11:50
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Got my drivers license renewed last month. Had to take my old license and a internet/telephone bill to prove address as well. Took 3 weeks before I got my real license with photo on it in the mail. Did get caught out at my bank when I was trying to do an international money transfer and was asked for ID. Bank teller was kind enough to trust me with who I claimed to be. Did give her my paper license and pretty much emptied my card holder with all the cards having my name embossed on it.

Funny thing was, the AA office forgot to take my photo after I had passed my eye exam and paid the $44 odd renewal fees. It clicked me at work the very next day about getting a new photo being taken. I rang the branch and the same lady picked up the phone and thanked me to ring back as I would have been without a proper license until I had gone in and had the photo taken again.




Do whatever you want to do man.

  

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  Reply # 865307 24-Jul-2013 18:54
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So what if you don't get physical bills? I don't get any physical mail, except parcels. Would they accept a stack of invoices?

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  Reply # 865313 24-Jul-2013 19:07
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I had mine renewed a few months back and it took maybe 15-16 days for the replacement to arrive. I was starting to get a bit worried but it did turn up in time :)



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  Reply # 865331 24-Jul-2013 19:41
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PaulBags: So what if you don't get physical bills? I don't get any physical mail, except parcels. Would they accept a stack of invoices?


You need to show at least somthing addressed to you so you either print off your online bill (as I did with my vodafone account) or show them an original (such as your credit card statement as I assume thats still on paper)?


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  Reply # 865367 24-Jul-2013 20:39
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PaulBags: So what if you don't get physical bills? I don't get any physical mail, except parcels. Would they accept a stack of invoices?


You need to show at least somthing addressed to you so you either print off your online bill (as I did with my vodafone account) or show them an original (such as your credit card statement as I assume thats still on paper)?



No credit card (debit card, but that doesn't have statements), bank statements all online, utilities not in my name, cell phone pre-paid, board is an informal arrangement with a relative, & my emailed payslips still have a previous address on them; the only physical mail I ever get is targeted junk mail (rarely) and some invoices for stuff I've bought online.

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  Reply # 865385 24-Jul-2013 21:42
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PaulBags:
Gooseybhai:
PaulBags: So what if you don't get physical bills? I don't get any physical mail, except parcels. Would they accept a stack of invoices?


You need to show at least somthing addressed to you so you either print off your online bill (as I did with my vodafone account) or show them an original (such as your credit card statement as I assume thats still on paper)?



No credit card (debit card, but that doesn't have statements), bank statements all online, utilities not in my name, cell phone pre-paid, board is an informal arrangement with a relative, & my emailed payslips still have a previous address on them; the only physical mail I ever get is targeted junk mail (rarely) and some invoices for stuff I've bought online.


A bank statement printed from online banking should have your current address on it?

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  Reply # 865390 24-Jul-2013 21:54
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PaulBags:
Gooseybhai:
PaulBags: So what if you don't get physical bills? I don't get any physical mail, except parcels. Would they accept a stack of invoices?


You need to show at least somthing addressed to you so you either print off your online bill (as I did with my vodafone account) or show them an original (such as your credit card statement as I assume thats still on paper)?



No credit card (debit card, but that doesn't have statements), bank statements all online, utilities not in my name, cell phone pre-paid, board is an informal arrangement with a relative, & my emailed payslips still have a previous address on them; the only physical mail I ever get is targeted junk mail (rarely) and some invoices for stuff I've bought online.


You can go into the bank and ask for a printout of your account details with your address.
That's what I had to do when I moved to South Australia.

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  Reply # 865432 24-Jul-2013 22:42
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Ok, but I'm not sure how it would actually prove my address if it hasn't been mailed to me, so what's the point?

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  Reply # 865440 24-Jul-2013 22:52
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PaulBags: Ok, but I'm not sure how it would actually prove my address if it hasn't been mailed to me, so what's the point?


??? They stamp it. It has your address, the same one that will be attached to your licence. NZTA don't ask to see the envelope a statement might come in.

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  Reply # 865481 25-Jul-2013 02:22
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Just a tip: When you renew your license ask for confirmation of your place of birth. I recently had to get a copy of my driving record and one of the questions asked before this can be supplied is "date and place of birth". Someone, many years ago, had selected the wrong city in their system which meant my details and theirs did not match. This can be a problem if you are renewing a license and have changed address in the meantime as they use the date/place of birth as a check. 
I had to provide a certified copy of my birth certificate plus a copy of my passport, and a bank statement showing my current address just to get the place name changed in their system. It took them a month to sort it out. If my license had expired in the meantime it would have caused difficulties. 

I agree with the OP about processing times. My license needed to be renewed before heading off overseas. I got the paper but a processing glitch meant that the license didn't arrive before I left 3 weeks later. You can't even use the paper license to get an international drivers license card. 

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