The first stage in getting your car licence is to get your learner licence. This involves sitting and passing a theory test based on the New Zealand road code.
Find out more about learner licence conditions at nzta.govt.nz
Six must do’s before you arrive for your Learner car licence test.
Check out our guide to getting ready for your test.
In the appendices sections of the Road Code are all of the questions that could come up during your theory test. This is a useful tool to test your knowledge, and once you feel confident that you are able to answer the questions correctly it is a good idea to try a practice test.
There are a couple of great resources available online to help you practice for your test:
When you feel confident that you know the Road Code well, you’ll be ready to book your test. You can come visit our driver licensing branches and our team will help you complete your application.
What to bring in with you:
At our branch you will need to:
You should be able to complete your test on the same day that you finish your application process (subject to availability), or you can book in for another day if you need some more time to prepare.
Don’t worry if you don’t pass on the first go – you can always try again. If you get more than three questions wrong or miss your appointment time, you will be required to re-sit your test.
You should be able to re-book and sit your test, including paying another fee, on the same day if you like. If you need some more time to study, you can book for a later date.
You’ll feel a sense of achievement – and relief! You will be issued a temporary licence and your photographic licence will be posted in the mail within 10 days.
Make sure you pick up some L plates for the next step. They can be purchased in branch. You’re required to have your L plates on the front and rear of your vehicle at all times while you’re learning to drive.
You have at least six months on your learner licence to practice and become a confident driver before you can sit your restricted licence. Head over to our Restricted Licence page to learn about the next step in getting your car licence.
We'll have you road ready in no time.