Driver licence check

NZ wide pre-employment driving licence verification and demerit status

Employrite recommends a Driver Licence check for all professional drivers and/or drivers of company vehicles.

Driver Offences and Penalties

Information on demerit points

Certain driving offences incur demerit points. If you accumulate 100 or more demerit points in any two-year period, your licence can be suspended for three months.

How long do demerits stay on your licence

Demerit points remain active on your licence record for a period of two years from the date of the offence. However, if the court disqualifies you for a period of six months or more, any active demerit points recorded on your licence record at the time will be cancelled and will no longer contribute to your active demerit point total.

When are demerit points given

Demerit points are given for all speeding infringements (except those recorded by speed camera), some traffic offences and for breaching licence conditions, eg a learner driver unaccompanied by a supervisor or a restricted driver carrying unauthorised passengers.

Demerit points also apply to some alcohol-related infringements and offences, for example, points can also be allocated in conjunction with a court disqualification where the court chooses to disqualify a person for less than six months.

Demerit suspension

If you accumulate 100 or more active demerit points within any two year period, your licence will be suspended for a period of three months and you will not be entitled to drive. The suspension period begins as soon as the demerit suspension notice is served on you by the Transport Agency, the police or an authorised agent of the Transport Agency. Any active demerit points recorded on your licence record at the time will be cancelled and will no longer contribute to your demerit point total.

At the end of your demerit suspension, you’ll be unlicensed and not entitled to drive until you’ve reinstated your licence.

Demerit point information

See below for the offences that incur demerit points, and the number of demerit points for each of those offences.

Demerit points for speed related offences
Demerit points for mobile phone related offences
Demerit points for driver licence related offences
Demerit points for vehicle related offences
Demerit points for alcohol and enforcement officer related offences
Demerit points for commercial driving related offences
Demerit points for helmet related offences
Demerit points for pedestrian crossing and pedestrian zone related offences
Demerit points for rail related offences
Demerit points for road rules related offences

We will provide you with the status of demerit points if any are held so that you can assess the information. This check takes three working days to complete.

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