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Upgrade your licence

You can apply to upgrade your limited or provisional immigration licence if you meet the upgrade criteria.

A limited licence holder may apply to upgrade to a full licence, or a provisional licence holder may apply to upgrade to a full or limited licence, if:

A person may not apply to upgrade their licence more than three weeks before they have held a provisional licence for 24 months. The Registrar’s decision will not be issued until the person had held a provisional licence for 24 months.

If a provisional or limited licence holder wishes to upgrade their licence when they are due to renew their licence, and they have been asked to provide a client file for inspection as part of their renewal application, they must still provide that client file as part of their upgrade application.

A limited or provisional licence holder may apply to upgrade their licence at any time.

A licence upgrade takes effect from either the date of expiry of the previous licence or the date on which the upgrade is granted, whichever occurs first.

Steps to upgrade

Please note that the Upgrade form is currently not available online. The Authority must receive the licence application either:

Please ensure you have completed your form fully and attached all supporting documents. Incomplete applications will be returned.

Licence upgrade costs
Costs Ordinarily resident in NZ (including GST) Not ordinarily resident in NZ
Licence upgrade fee NZ$546.89 NZ$475.56
Levy NZ$1,129.55 NZ$982.22