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.
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.
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.
You can practise theory tests online before you sit your theory test at a driver licensing agent.
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.
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.
Besides English, the theory test is also available in the following languages:
For more information about these options, talk to your driver licensing agent when you book your test.
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.