Preparing for an on-road safety test

If your doctor is unsure about your ability to drive safely, they may issue you with a medical certificate for a driver licence.

This means that you can renew your driver licence provided you pass an On-Road Safety Test.

Prepare for the on-road safety test

It can be daunting going for a driving test at any stage in your life. AA Driving Instructors can help you prepare for the test, brush up on your skills and be safe on the road.

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How to book an on-road safety test

You can book the on-road safety test at your nearest AA Driver Licensing Agent. The test is administered by Waka Kotahi NZTA Testing Officers.

When booking your test, you will need to:

  • Complete the driver licence renewal application form, available online or at the counter at AA Driver Licensing Agents

Download licence application form (DL1)

  • Bring your current photo driver licence or other evidence of identity

Accepted evidence of identity

  • Bring confirmation of your address, such as a recent bank statement
  • Bring the medical certificate for driver licence signed by your doctor
  • Pay the applicable fees 

About the on-road safety test

This test will check that you still have a good knowledge of the road rules and that you are still driving safely.  It takes about 30 minutes to complete and is done in your own vehicle.

A testing officer will give you instructions directing you when to turn, stop and carry out other driving manoeuvres. There are no fixed routes – you need to be capable of driving on all types of road and in all traffic situations. You must drive safely and legally throughout the assessment.

You need to get a total score of 80 percent or more to pass the safety test. Being ready for the test could improve your chances of passing.

The On-road Safety test is in three parts:

  1. Basic driving skills
  2. Basic driving skills and hazard detection
  3. More complex driving situations and hazard detection


The testing officer will discuss the results of the test with you and give you a form highlighting any areas of concern. If you pass the On-Road Safety Test, the testing officer will also give you a temporary driver licence – your new photo driver licence will be posted to your mailing address.


You may fail the On-Road Safety Test because of a few simple mistakes or small lapses of concentration. The average pass rate is about 56%. If your licence is still current, you can continue driving until it expires. If you wish to re-sit the test, you can book another appointment with the testing officer. You may re-book your first test once at no extra charge, but subsequent attempts will incur an additional test fee.

More information about the On-Road Safety Test

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