You’ll need to present a medical certificate when: 

  • applying for or renewing a heavy vehicle licence (class 2,3,4,5), unless you’ve provided a certificate within the last five years
  • applying for or renewing endorsements for passengers (P), vehicle recovery services (V), driving instruction (I) or testing officer (O) unless you’ve provided a certificate within the last five years
  • you have a medical condition that may affect your ability to drive safely
  • you’re an older driver obtaining or renewing any licence class or endorsement beyond your 75th birthday

We recommend that the GP that knows you best completes your medical assessment but we understand this may not always be possible. If you do book with another GP it is possible that you may be asked to return to see your own GP if you have complex health issues. There are very strict rules for GPs completing these assessments which are in place to try and keep our roads as safe as possible. 

Please book this assessment by ringing the practice and informing the reception that the appointment is for a driver’s licence medical as extra time is allowed. 

A dedicated appointment is required for the assessment. The nurse will complete a test of your vision before you see the GP and then your GP will go through the assessment and fill out the required documents. It is not possible to deal with other health issues during this appointment. 

There is no government subsidy for these appointments and there is no subsidy for CSC holders. If further investigations are required e.g. a MINI-ACE, ECG then extra charges will apply. 

https://www.nzta.govt.nz/driver-licences/getting-a-licence/medical-requirements/how-to-show-that-you-are-medically-fit/