About the restricted licence

A restricted licence is the second step of the three-stage process to get a full driver licence.

It's time to build your practical driving skills to become a safe driver and pass your driving test!

Book and pay for all 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 restricted licence

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

1. You must have your restricted licence with you

  • You cannot drive a car if you do not have your licence with you

2. You can drive on your own with limitations

  • If you drive between 10pm and 5am, you must have a supervisor with you

3. A supervisor must: 

  • sit in the front passenger seat
  • have held a full licence for at least two years
  • be in the car if you are carrying passengers

4. The only passengers you can carry without a supervisor are:

  • your spouse
  • child who is financially dependent on you or your spouse
  • your parent or guardian
  • relatives who live with you and who are beneficiaries
  • someone you look after as their primary caregiver

5. If you sat the restricted test in an automatic

  • You are only allowed to drive automatic vehicles, unless you have a supervisor with you. 

6. Adhere to alcohol limits

  • If you are under 20 years of age, there is a zero alcohol limit. That means if you drive after drinking alcohol you can be charged with drink driving, which could result in losing your licence
  • If you’re 20 or older, you must be within the adult alcohol limit. 

When can you sit your restricted licence test?

You must be at least 16 ½ years and have held a learner licence for at least six months before you can book to sit your restricted licence test. 

Get ready for your restricted licence test.

Get your restricted 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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