Learner driver licences

The first step in New Zealand’s three-step graduated driver licensing system (GDLS) is getting your learner licence.  

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

Applying for your learner licence through the AA

Visit your nearest AA Centre, AA Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agent or Rural Mobile Unit.

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.

Learner driver licence test eligibility

You must be 16 years or older and have studied the New Zealand road code. Are you ready to take the test? Try our free online road code quiz to check your knowledge.

After the theory test

If you pass your learner driver licence (computerised) theory test you'll be given a temporary driver licence and you can buy learner L plates (which are available from any AA driver licensing outlet). You can also practice driving with an AA Driving Instructor or a supervisor.

If you don't pass your learner driver licence test, you can re-sit the test an unlimited number of times. You will need to bring proof of identity, complete a new application form and pay the test fee for each 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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