Full driver licences

The third step in New Zealand’s three-step graduated driver licensing system (GDLS) is getting your full licence. It's a practical in-car driving test.

The information below is a guide to getting your full licence.

Book your test through the AA

Visit your nearest AA Centre, AA Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agent or Rural Mobile Unit to book a full licence test. Please note, we can't accept phone or email bookings for the test, and not all locations are suitable for full licence practical tests.

You'll need to:

Eyesight screening check

When applying for or renewing any driver licence or endorsement, you'll need to prove your eyesight meets the required standard. You can undergo a basic eyesight screening check at your nearest AA Centre, AA Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agent or Rural Mobile Unit.

The equipment used in the test is a screening device which 96.9% of all motorists pass each year. The remaining 3.1% may or may not have a problem with their eyes. If this is the case you'll need to provide an eyesight certificate from your doctor or optometrist.

Read more about the eyesight screening check on the NZTA website.

Full driver licence test eligibility

If under 25 years old you must have held your restricted driver licence for at least 18 months or at least 12 months if you've completed a Defensive Driving Course. You need to be at least 18 years old. If you have completed a Defensive Driving Course, this is reduced to 17 and a half.

If over 25 years old you must have held your restricted driver licence for at least 6 months or at least 3 months if you've completed a Defensive Driving Course.

Find out more about AA Defensive Driving Courses.

After the full licence test

If you pass your full driver licence test, you can drive any time and with passengers in the car.

If you don't pass your full driver licence test you can re-sit the test (unlimited number of times). You will need to bring proof of identity and pay the test fee for each full licence test re-sit.

Any questions?

If you have questions about driver licensing rules or restrictions, please call the NZTA Driver Licensing helpline on 0800 822 422.

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