How to Apply for the Niue Driving License
For renting a car, van, motorcycle or any type of motor vehicle in Niue, your overseas driving license or International Driving Permit (IDP) is not enough. To legally drive in Niue, you need a Niue Driver’s License. The process to get a driver’s license is easy, affordable and the colourful license makes a great souvenir. We’ll show you how to get a Niue Driver’s License in this guide.
What You Need for the Niue Driver’s License
In order to obtain a Niue Driver’s License, you need the following:
- A full valid driving license
- NZ$22.50 to pay with MasterCard, Visa, New Zealand debit card or cash.
Note that the minimum driving age in Niue is 16 years old. However, most car rental companies in Niue have a minimum age of 21 years old for car hires. Learn more about your car rental options in The Best Car Rentals in Niue.
Where to Get Your Niue Driver’s License
Niue Driver’s Licenses can be obtained from the Police Station in Alofi.
The Niue Police Station is located on the main road in the Utuko part of town. It’s is opposite the Utuko Reef Sea Track and on the corner of the main road and Alofi – Liku/Hakupu Road. With a huge sign for the “Police” on the front of the building, you’ll hardly miss it.
Police Station Opening Hours
Monday to Thursday
8am – 4pm
Driving Without a Niue Driver’s License
Due to the Police Station’s limited opening hours, you can still hire a vehicle without a Niue Driver’s License. You just have to get a Niue Driver’s License from the Police Station when it’s open next. Until you have your Niue Driver’s License, make sure you have your overseas driving license with you when driving.
The Niue Driver’s License Application Process
If you have a full valid overseas driving license, as well as NZ$22.50, then getting a Niue Driver’s License is easy.
How to Get the Niue Driver’s License
At the Niue Police Station, you need to visit the counter at the front of the building, ask for a Niue’s Driver License, handing over your overseas driving license. Learn more about this in Can You Drive in Niue With an Overseas License?
The officer will use your overseas driving license to record your details, such as your name, date of birth and what “class” your driver’s license is, i.e. to show what type of vehicles you are licensed to drive. You will also be asked what accommodation you are staying at, whose village will essentially show as your address on your Niue Driver’s License. You only need to know the name of your accommodation – the Police Department will know where it is.
You will be asked how you want to pay for the Niue Driver’s License. This will also be recorded, and you will then pay the NZ$22.50 by credit card, New Zealand debit card or by cash. Then, your receipt/ticket will be given to you.
Take your receipt to the room next door where you will have your photo taken for your Niue Driver’s License. The officer will print out your new Niue Driver’s License, which you and the officer will sign. Then, you’re done!
The Conditions of the Niue Driver’s License
The conditions for the Niue Driver’s License is as follows:
- It is valid for up to one year from the date issued
- The driving license is for the named driver only and cannot be transferred to anyone else
- You can only drive the type of vehicles stated on the vehicle class on the card (e.g. Class A is for a motorcycle, Class B is for a car/van, etc.)
- You must have your Niue Driver’s License on you when driving in Niue.
Learn more about driving in Niue The Driving Times in Niue You Need to Know.