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New practical driver testing provider

On 1 May 2015 Vehicle Testing New Zealand (VTNZ) took over as the Transport Agency’s provider for all practical driver testing services, including car, motorcycle and heavy vehicle licences. 

The Transport Agency will be working closely with VTNZ over the coming months to improve the experience of drivers sitting their practical licence tests.

How does this change affect drivers sitting a practical test?

This change will have minimal impact on drivers sitting a practical test – the skills and competencies required to pass aren’t changing.

New test sites

It is important to note that on 1 May two testing locations are changing. 

Old testing location Testing location from 1 May 2015
AA Napier VTNZ Onekawa, 154 Taradale Road, Napier
AA Westgate VTNZ Westgate, 6 Pinot Lane, Westgate, Auckland

All drivers that have booked a test at one of these sites after 1 May 2015 were provided with the correct address details on their confirmation slip.

It is particularly important that drivers that have already sat a practical test in these areas and have a test booked after 1 May, refer to the details contained in their confirmation slip, as the location has changed since their last test.

How do I find out when and where my practical test is?

A confirmation slip is provided to all drivers when making a practical test booking. It contains all the details including the type of test, applicant name, booking ID number, test date and time, location, recommended reporting time and test duration.

You can change a test on our website, by visiting a driver licensing agent (see the list below), or by calling us on 0800 822 422.

Where can I find more information about passing a practical driving test

More information about what is required to pass a practical driving test 

Is VTNZ the preferred supplier for both the restricted and full practical testing?

Yes, VTNZ have been selected as the preferred supplier for both the restricted and full practical driving tests, as well as all classes of test (classes 1 through to 6 and the on-road safety test).

Will the cost of the practical driver tests change?

No, the cost of the practical driver tests are regulated fees set out in legislation, and will not be changing at this time.

See a list of the licensing fees 

How do I book a practical driving test?

You can book your practical driving test online. 

Practical tests can still be booked in-person at any of our driver licensing agents, or you can book over the phone by calling us on 0800 822 422.

Does this affect other driver licensing services? 

This change only relates to practical driving tests. The process for applying for a driver licence is not changing.

You can still apply for, or renew your driver licence or licence endorsement in person at any of our agents

Does this affect the learner licence theory test?

No, the learner licence theory test will not change as a result of the change in providers.

Will practical testing services still be provided in all of the centres which currently have practical testing? 

Practical driver testing services will continue to be provided in the same towns and cities as are currently available.