Book your test through the AA
Visit your nearest AA Centre, AA Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agent or Rural Mobile Unit to book a restricted licence test (tests must be pre-booked). We can't accept phone or email bookings for the test.
On 27 February 2012 the driver licence tests changed.
For more information call 0800 822 422 or visit the NZTA website.
You'll need to:
- Take evidence of identity, e.g. learner licence or passport
- Take evidence of your address, e.g. a bank statement
- Pay the fee
- Pass an eyesight screening check
- Have your photograph taken
- Book your in-car driving test
The restricted driver licence test takes around 1 hour. The car you use for the test must have a current warrant of fitness, car registration, working brake and indicator lights. It must also have L plates on display.
If you need to change or cancel your test please visit your AA Driver Licensing outlet or call 0800 822 422 (Monday - Friday, 8am - 6pm). The NZTA require a minimum of two working days notice and a fee will be charged.
Restricted driver licence test eligibility
You can apply for your restricted driver licence at the AA after you've held a learner driver licence for at least six months and you're at least 16 and a half years old.
After the practical test
If you pass the test you can drive a car subject to restrictions.
If under 25 years old you can sit your full driver licence test after 18 months. When you've had your restricted for 6 months you can attend a Defensive Driving Course (AA Defensive Driving Courses are available). Passing that will mean you can sit your full driver licence test after 12 months.
If over 25 years old you can sit your full driver licence test after 6 months. If you pass an Defensive Driving Course you'll be able to sit your full driver licence test after 3 months.
If you don't pass your restricted driver licence test, you can re-sit the test an unlimited number of times. You will need to bring proof of identity and pay the test fee for each restricted licence test re-sit.
If you have questions about driver licensing rules or restrictions, please call the NZTA Driver Licensing helpline on 0800 822 422.