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Getting your car driver licence

Driving is a handy skill to have. It puts you in control of your own safety. The thing is, you need to earn your car driver licence first – and that means learning all the skills.

It’s not only dangerous to drive without a licence – it’s illegal, and there are some pretty severe consequences if you do.

Below, you’ll find the three stages to getting your licence. Once you’ve passed them all, you’ve officially be a fully licenced driver. You won’t need to rely on anyone else to get you from A to B – they’ll be relying on you.


Stage One: Learner Licence

You need your learner licence before you start learning to drive – this is to keep you and other road users safe, by making sure you have good knowledge of the road rules before you head out. You must be at least 16 years old, and pass a road rules theory test, in order to get your learner’s.

Having your learner’s means:

  • You must have a supervisor sitting besides you every time you drive. Your supervisor must hold a current full licence that they’ve had for at least two years.
  • You must display L-plates (learner plates) on the front and rear windows.
  • You can carry passengers, but your supervisor must agree to it.

Click here for conditions and details on getting your learner licence.


Stage Two: Restricted Licence

To get your restricted licence, you need to have held your learner licence for at least six months, and passed a practical test of your driving skills.

Having your restricted means:

  • You can drive on your own, but not between 10pm and 5am.
  • You can’t carry passengers unless you have a supervisor, who’s had their full licence for at least two years, in the front passenger seat.


Stage Three: Full Licence

You can apply for your full licence once you’ve held your restricted for 18 months, but if you complete an approved advanced driving skills course, you can go for it six months earlier. You must have held your restricted for at least six months before you do the course.

Click here for information about approved courses that can get you your full licence sooner, and give you important driving skills.

To get your full licence, you need to pass another practical test, where you’ll prove that that you can drive safely in all kinds of traffic situations and road conditions.

Then you'll be good to go!

This information has been supplied by the New Zealand Transport Association. For more information on getting your drivers licence click here