Driving test pass rates nationwide

Students who attended an AA Defensive Driving Course are 10% more likely to pass their driving test the first time.

Ensure you’ve had at least 5 professional driving lessons and 10-20 hours of practice between each lesson - we also recommend that you increase your chances of passing your driving test by attending an
AA Defensive Driving Course (DDC).

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Restricted licence pass rates with the new test*

The new restricted licence test requires you to demonstrate the ability to drive in challenging environments, in heavy traffic and on multi-lane roads.

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September 2017 results by age

Age Total Pass rate
16 1,798 67%
17 1,631 60%
18 961 58%
19 759 55%
20-24 2,366 56%
25-29 1,268 55%
30-34 714 50%
35-39 355 43%
40-44 235 44%
45-49 138 45%
50-54 92 39%
55-59 51 23%
60-64 26 32%
65+ 16 40%
Total 10,410 57%

September 2017 results by gender

Gender      Total Pass rate
Female 5,113 58%
Male 5,297 56%
Total 10,410 57%
  • Data is limited to Class 1 (Car) Restricted Licence tests sat in the month of July 
  • 'Total' reflects all tests, regardless of test result
  • 'Pass rate' is calculated from 'sat' tests (tests resulted as Pass, Fail and Stopped)
  • Gender data excludes gender type 'Indeterminate'
  • Data is current as at 1 October 2017

Full licence pass rates*

September 2017 results by age

Age Total Pass rate
17 731 88%
18 898 81%
19 700 78%
20-24 2,708 69%
25-29 2,432 60%
30-34 1,572 58%
35-39 1,111 60%
40-44 723 56%
45-49 470 56%
50-54 212 56%
55-59 188 55%
60-64 127 54%
65+ 65 60%
Total 11,937 65%

September 2017 results by gender

Gender Total Pass rate
Female 4,805 69%
Male 7,132 63%
Total 11,937 65%
  • Data is limited to Class 1 (Car) Full Licence tests sat in the month of September
  • 'Total' reflects all tests, regardless of test result
  • 'Pass rate' is calculated from 'sat' tests (tests resulted as Pass, Fail and Stopped)
  • Gender data excludes gender type 'Indeterminate'
  • Data is current as at 1 October 2017

* Source: NZTA

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