Driving test pass rates nationwide

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March 2018 results by age

Age Total Pass rate
16 1,926 66%
17 1,868 57%
18 1,115 54%
19 733 52%
20-24 2,252 57%
25-29 1,218 54%
30-34 646 54%
35-39 367 48%
40-44 227 50%
45-49 148 42%
50-54 78 47%
55-59 52 36%
60-64 23 39%
65+ 11 30%
Total 10,664 57%

March 2018 results by gender

Gender      Total Pass rate
Female 5,138 56%
Male 5,526 57%
Total 10,664 57%
  • Data is limited to Class 1 (Car) Restricted Licence tests sat in the month of March
  • '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'

Full licence pass rates*

March 2018 results by age

Age Total Pass rate
17 716 87%
18 658 80%
19 633 77%
20-24 2,760 70%
25-29 2,306 64%
30-34 1,672 62%
35-39 1,172 60%
40-44 687 60%
45-49 399 58%
50-54 195 52%
55-59 121 59%
60-64 98 51%
65+ 87 45%
Total 11,504 67%

March 2018 results by gender

Gender Total Pass rate
Female 4,824 69%
Male 6,680 65%
Total 11,504 67%
  • Data is limited to Class 1 (Car) Full Licence tests sat in the month of March
  • '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'

* Source: NZTA

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