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You must be 16 years old

This page tells you what to do to get a learner licence.

16 is the minimum age

  • You must be at least 16 years old before you can apply for your learner licence.

Learn the road rules

To keep everyone safe on the road, you need to learn the road rules before you can get your learner licence. You’ll need to pass a test to prove that you understand the rules for driving safely in New Zealand.

You can prepare for this by reading the New Zealand road code, or by working your way through Drive’s interactive road code(external link).

You can sit official practice learner tests at the roadcodepractice website(external link).

How to apply

When you feel you're ready, go to a driver licensing agent to make your application. 

You'll need to:

Make sure you have learned the road rules before you go, because the agent will book you in for your theory test. You might even be able to sit it straight away.

What is a theory test?

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. You will need to get at least 32 questions right to pass.

When you sit your theory test

It's a good idea to be early for your test

On the day of the test, plan to arrive at the testing agent early. If you’re late, you might not be able to sit the test that day. Try to avoid the stress by getting there at least 10 minutes before your test is due to start.

When you arrive, let the agent know you’re there for your test. They’ll guide you through the next steps. 

Remember to take proof of your identity

Make sure you have your proof of identity with you to give to the person conducting the theory test.

Find out more about acceptable proof of identity

What happens next

When you pass the test

  • You'll be given a temporary licence so you can start learning to drive.

  • Start thinking about who you would like to coach you.

  • There are some important conditions of driving on a learner licence that you’ll want to memorise.

  • Once you have held your learner licence for six months, and you’re a confident, safe driver, you can apply for your restricted licence.

If you don't pass the test

  • You can book another theory test. You’ll need to pay the test fee again, but you won’t have to pay another application fee. 

Resources to help you pass the test

There are plenty of resources you can use to study the road rules in preparation for your theory test:

All of these resources are endorsed by the NZ Transport Agency.

Using the official resources will give you the best chance of passing your test and becoming a great kiwi driver.