About the learner licence

A learner licence is the first step of the three-stage driver licensing process to get a full driver licence. 

It's time to build your knowledge of the New Zealand Road Code and prepare for your practical driving test! 

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 are allowed to do on your learner licence

The law is very clear about what you can and can’t do on a learner licence. Here are the main points to help keep you safe and legal on New Zealand roads.

When can you sit your learner licence test?

You must be at least 16 year old before you can sit the learner licence theory test.

Get ready for your learner licence test.

Get your learner licence the AA way.

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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