About the full licence

A full driver's licence is the third and final step in the three-stage driver licensing process.

After passing the full licence test, fully licenced drivers need to continue to build on-road experience to stay safe on the roads in New Zealand. 

Book and pay for all your driver licence tests at your local AA Licensing Agent

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Please make sure you're prepared for your test.

Wait times for driver licence tests have increased since Waka Kotahi NZTA changed the fees, so make sure you prepare well for your driver licence test. If you don't pass, you may need to wait a while to get another slot. If you get a test booking and can't use it, please make sure you cancel. Even an hour's notice will mean someone else can use the slot.

To help you prepare for your driver licence tests, please see the resources and training offered by AA Driving School.

What you’re allowed to do on your full licence

Once you have passed the full licence practical test, you don't have to follow any of the restricted licence conditions anymore. You can drive any vehicle covered under a class 1 full driving licence.​

You are responsible for adhering to all road safety rules ​including but not limited to:​

  • Wear a seat belt​

  • Choose passengers that won't distract you ​while driving​

  • Don't use your phone while driving​

  • Don't use drugs or drink before driving​

For more information about the requirements of the full licence please refer to the ​Waka Kotahi NZTA website regarding full licence holders.


When can you sit your full licence test?

Under 25 – you must have held your restricted licence for a minimum of 18 months which reduces to 12 months if you complete the AA Driver's Seat Defensive Driving Course.

Over 25 –  You must have held your restricted licence for a minimum of 6 months which reduces to 3 months if you complete AA Driver’s Seat Defensive Driving Course.

AA Driver's Seat Defensive Driving Course

Get ready for your full licence test.

Get your full licence the AA way.

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Come to your local AA Licensing Agent for all your driver licence needs

At your local AA Licensing Agent you can:

  • Apply for and renew a driver licence
  • Pay all driver licensing fees
  • Book all driver licence tests and pay the fee for every test
  • Do the learner licence test
  • Have your driver licence photo and signature taken

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