All heavy vehicle licence classes have the same structure for their learner theory test and are based on the Official New Zealand road code for heavy vehicles. Find out what you need to do to kick start the Heavy Vehicle Licence process.
The first step in applying for your heavy vehicle licence is to understand the class of vehicle you wish to drive.
There are four classes of Heavy Vehicle Licenses – based on the height and weight of the individual vehicle. Heavy vehicles can be rigid (e.g. a truck) or a combination (e.g. a truck and trailer). The class is based on a rigid vehicle’s gross laden weight (GLW) or a combination vehicle’s gross combined weight (GCW).
The four classes of learner licence for heavy vehicles are:
Visit NZTA to find out more about Driver licence classes.
5 must do’s before you arrive for your heavy vehicle learner licence test
You must hold a licence for a certain amount of time before you can move onto the next licence.
This table tells you how long you have to wait before you get a learner licence.
Find out more about the conditions of your heavy vehicle learner licence at nzta.govt.nz
You must hold a current class 1 full licence for 6 months first
You can get a copy of the latest road code at your nearest VTNZ branch or read it online here: The official New Zealand road code for heavy vehicles
All of the questions that could come up during your theory test are in the Road Code. 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 some practice tests.
Use these great resources from the NZ Transport Agency to help you practise for your test:
When you feel confident that you know the road code well, you’ll be ready to book your test. Come in to one of our driver licensing branches and our team will help you complete your application.
What to bring in with you:
When you arrive, 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.
When you are driving on a learner licence, you must be accompanied by a supervisor at all times.
A supervisor must meet the following requirements:
We'll have you road ready in no time.