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Cook Islands - Convert or Exchange Foreign Driver License

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  1. You have to visit the Police Station in Avarua which opens around 8 AM to 3 PM. Following link could also help you find the location of the police station Police Station
  2. You have to contact the person in the police station, They would ask you to fill up an application form. it would be a good idea to carry a pen with you.
  3. You would have to show your home country driver license to get a Cook Islands driver license.
  4. If your home country driver license is not in Enlgish, you would have to provide a translated driver license.


Required Documents[edit]

  1. Driver License from home country. (If your home country driver license is not in Enlgish, you would have to provide a translated driver license.)

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Police Office Locations : Police Station

More information : More Info



Provide eligibility criteria's for going through this procedure.


A payment of NZ$20 license fee.


Explain the time until which the certificate/document is valid.
e.g. Birth Certificate Valid Forever

Documents to Use[edit]

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Sample Documents[edit]

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Processing Time[edit]

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  • Visitors over 16 can drive in the Cook Islands on their current and full overseas license for up to six months, unless the license expires, is revoked, suspended or disqualified in that time
  • The standard left hand rule applies to driving in the Cook Islands. And the maximum speed limit in the main township is 30 km/h and in the villages is 40km/h without a helmet. You must wear a helmet when driving in zones above 40km/h, specifically in the 50km/h speed limit in the less populated areas. It is essential to have a current Drivers Licence. Visitors from Australia, New Zealand, US, Canada, UK and the EU can now drive in the Cook Islands for up to six months using their overseas license.
  • Visitors will be allowed to drive only the class of motor vehicle they are entitled to drive in their home country. If visitors hold an overseas driving license for a car only, the license holder will only be permitted to drive a car in the Cook Islands.

Required Information[edit]

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1. Date of Birth.
2. City or County of Birth.


Need for the Document[edit]

This procedure provides you information about how to convert or exchange your foreign driver license to Cook Islands driver license.

Information which might help[edit]

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Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

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e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

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