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.
- Bring evidence of identity, e.g. passport or full birth certificate
- Bring evidence of your current address, e.g. bank statement
- Pay the fee
- Pass an eyesight screening check
- Have your photograph taken
- Book your computerised theory test (please note: we can't accept phone or email bookings for the test)
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
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.
If you have questions about driver licensing rules or restrictions, please call the NZTA Driver Licensing helpline on 0800 822 422.