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IMPORTANT: make sure you've read and understood all the information on the relevant exemption page before you make this application. 

Information about applications from driver licensing requirements

Information about helmet exemptions

Exemption type

What type of exemption are you applying for?
Will you be travelling over 50km/h?

STOP: don't apply

You don't need to apply for an exemption if you'll only be travelling at 50km/h or less. 

You must provide proof to an enforcement officer that you were a member of the Sikh religion if you were pulled over for not wearing a helmet. 

 

 

 

 

 

Your details

Do you have any traffic infringements?
This includes infringements and speed camera infringements, pending offences and breaches of the graduated driver licensing system.

Payment details

Exemption details

LAMS-prohibited motorcycle exemption details

Driving unsupervised exemption details

Is your application to travel to and from work?

You'll need to provide a letter from your employer confirming your start and finish times. 

What days do you want to travel on?
Are you under 18 years old?
Do you live with your parents or guardians?

You'll need to provide a letter of authority from your parent or guardian.

Carrying passengers exemption

You can carry certain passengers without an exemption on your restricted licence.

You don’t need to apply for an exemption if you only want to carry:

  • your spouse (a person you live with in the nature of marriage)
  • children who live with you and who are under you or your spouses care (you or your spouse support them financially)
  • your parent or guardian
  • relatives who live with you and who receive a social security benefit (eg the jobseeker support, sole parent or support living payment benefits)
  • someone you look after as their primary (main) caregiver. 

If you still want to apply for an exemption to carry someone else on your restricted licence, please complete the fields below. 

Who are the passengers you want to carry?

Are any of these passengers under 18?

You'll need to provide a letter of authority from the parent or guardian of any passengers that are under 18 years old.  

Are you applying for an exemption for medical reasons?

You'll need to provide a letter from a doctor to explain the medical reason. 

What days do you want to travel on?
Are you under 18 years old?
Do you live with your parents or guardians?

You'll need to provide a letter of authority from your parent or guardian. 

Overseas licence exemption details

Note: even if this exemption is granted, it doesn't guarantee that we'll approve any endorsement applications after this. 

If you're granted an exemption from complying with a legislative requirement, how will you make sure that land transport safety is improved or maintained?

You need to show us that you've considered things like:

  • What risks might there be to myself, my passengers and/or any other road users? 
  • How will I minimise these risks?
  • What behaviours will I adopt to make sure that I'm driving safely? 
Is there any other information you'd like to provide that's relevant to your application?

Tip: make sure you've covered off all our questions from the exemption section if you can:

  • How would granting this exemption maintain or improve land transport safety?
  • How would it contribute to an effective, efficient and safe land transport system in the public interest?
  • Does it support the response to an emergency or other event?
Why are you applying for a helmet exemption?

Declaration

IMPORTANT: Before you submit this application make sure you have:

  • read and understood all the relevant information in our exemption section
  • completed all the relevant fields above 
  • uploaded all the evidence we've asked for
  • included your reference number for your payment. 

If you haven't given us everything we need to assess your application, it will be delayed while we contact you for more information. 

IMPORTANT: Before you submit this application make sure you have:

  • read and understood all the relevant information in our exemption section
  • completed all the relevant fields above 
  • uploaded any evidence we've asked for. 

If you haven't given us everything we need to assess your application, it will be delayed while we contact you for more information. 

The particulars you provide will become part of the Driver Licence Register. Collection, dissemination and release of this information is authorised by the Land Transport Act 1998.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency may also use some of these particulars to provide you with information relating to driver licensing and driving. We may also disclose some of the particulars to our agents and contractors in relation to the above purposes.

Details supplied with your application may be used to make such enquiries as are deemed necessary to consider your exemption request.

Under the Electoral Act 1993, s 263B, the Electoral Enrolment Centre operates an authorised information matching programme with Waka Kotahi. The purpose of this programme is to assist in keeping the Electoral Roll up-to-date.

To keep the Driver Licence Register up-to-date Waka Kotahi also operates an authorised information matching programme with Births, Deaths and Marriages. Please refer to our Privacy section for more information.

The Privacy Act 2020 provides rights of access to, and correction of, any readily retrievable personal information held about you.

Should you wish to exercise these rights please contact Waka Kotahi, Private Bag 11777, Palmerston North 4442 or email info@nzta.govt.nz.

Email address

Giving us your email address is optional. We’ll email you information and reminders about your application and driver licensing, and other Waka Kotahi services, including asking for feedback on our services and the transport system.

We recommend using an email address that’s unique to you, so only you can see information we send you.