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Theory tests are required to get a learner licence, requalify your licence, and sometimes when converting an overseas driver licence to a New Zealand licence.

Multi-choice test to check your road rule knowledge

The learner licence theory test is a computer-based, 35-question, multi-choice test that assesses your knowledge of road rules and safe driving practices.

It contains general road code questions, and specialist questions related to the class you are applying for. 

Everything you need to pass the test is in the Official New Zealand road code. You can buy the road code at most bookstores and driver licensing agents, or it’s available online.

Read the Official New Zealand road code for car drivers
Read the Official New Zealand road code for motorcyclists
Read the Official New Zealand road code for heavy vehicle drivers

Once you have passed your theory test, the agent will give you a temporary learner licence so you can start practising your driving. Your photo driver licence will be posted to you.

You need to get at least 32 questions right

If you are sitting a theory test for a car or motorcycle licence, you need to get at least 32 questions right to pass.

If you are sitting a theory test for a heavy vehicle licence, you need to get at least 33 questions right to pass.

Test your own knowledge

You can practise theory tests online before you sit your theory test at a driver licensing agent.

Practise the theory test online at roadcodepractice.co.nz (external link)

Supervisor condition

Once you have passed the theory test, you may have a supervisor condition on your licence. If you have a learner car licence, then one of the conditions you must follow is that you must have a supervisor with you when you drive.

Find out who can act as a supervisor
See the full conditions you must follow on a car learner licence

Changing or cancelling your test

If you want to change or cancel your test time, you will have to pay another fee. How much that fee is depends on how far in advance you are changing the test.

Find out how much you will need to pay to change your test

Languages available

Besides English, the theory test is also available in the following languages:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese (simplified and traditional)
  • Gujarati
  • Hindi
  • Korean
  • Māori
  • Punjabi
  • Samoan
  • Thai
  • Tongan.

For more information about these options, talk to your driver licensing agent when you book your test.

Find a driver licensing agent in your area

Speech or language difficulties

If you are having difficulty preparing for your theory test because of a reading or language difficulty, there are several organisations that may be able to help:

People with reading difficulties can also apply for extra time to complete the theory test, or for the theory test to be given orally.

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