Get ready for restricted licence test day

When you’re ready to take the driving test to get your restricted licence, we’ve got all the information you need plus a few handy tips for the big day.

Book your test at an AA Licensing Agent and prepare for success!

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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.

When you can sit your restricted licence test

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

You need to be well prepared with the right level of driving skill and ability. It is recommended that you have a minimum of 120 hours practice (professional lessons counts as 3 hours). Completing the AA Driver’s Seat programme will make sure that you have the best opportunity of passing.

AA Driver's Seat Starter Session

AA Driver;s Seat Driving Lessons 

AA Driver's Seat Practice Restricted Test


Booking your restricted licence test at your local AA Licensing Agent

You can book your restricted licence test with us. You cannot book a test by phone or email, so you will need to go in-person to your local driver licencing agent to book your test.

At your local AA Licensing Agent you can:

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

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In-person requirements for a restricted licence

Prior to booking your restricted licence test you will need to complete the following in-person requirements at a licensing outlet such as an AA Licensing Agent.

If you need to change or cancel your restricted licence test, please visit your AA Licensing Agent or call 0800 822 422 (Mon - Fri, 8am - 6pm). No further fee is required if you change or cancel your fee booking.


Doing your restricted licence test

Waka Kotahi NZTA Testing Officers are responsible for administering the practical driving test.

Remember to bring your learner licence to the test, as you’re not allowed to drive if you don’t have it with you.

Driving test day checklist

Structure of the restricted licence test

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