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Stage 3 – Full Driver's Licence

From the NZ Transport Agency

Learn everything you need to know about getting your full driving licence in New Zealand, sit your test and pass successfully.


 

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Who Can Apply For A Full Driver's Licence?

How Do I Apply For A Full Licence?

 How Much Does a Full Driver's Licence Cost?

What Can You Drive on a Full Driver's Licence?

Who can apply for a full Driver's License?                               

You must be at least 18 years of age before you can apply for your full driving licence. If you have completed an approved advanced driving skills course, this is reduced to 17 ½.

If you are under 25 years of age, you can apply after you have held your restricted driver's license for:

  • at least 18 months; or
  • at least 12 months if you have completed an approved advanced driving skills course.

Note: you must have held your restricted licence for at least six months before completing this course.

If you are 25 years of age or over, you can apply after you have held your restricted driver's licence for:

  • at least six months, or
  • at least three months if you have completed an approved advanced driving skills course.

For information about approved courses in your area, contact the NZTA's driver licensing contact centre on 0800 822 422.

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How do I apply for a full Driver's Licence?

To get your full driving licence you need to pass the practical driving test.

To book your full licence practical driving test you must either:

  • visit a driver licensing agent and:
    • present evidence of your identity
    • present evidence of your address
    • book a time to take the full licence practical driving test
    • pay for the full licence practical driving test and the full licence application
    • meet the eyesight requirements
    • present a medical certificate if required
    • provide a signature
    • have your photograph taken

OR

  • book your practical driving test over the phone or internet. For information and instructions on how to book over the phone or internet, see About the practical driving tests.

    If you choose this option you must arrive at the test location 30 minutes before your test, or visit a driver licensing agent prior to your test, to complete the requirements listed above.

View the Full Licence Test Guide (Class 1) by NZTA

How much does a full Driver's Licence cost in NZ?

It will depend on which class of licence you are applying for. If it is a Full licence (class 1 or 6) it can cost approximately $110. For full pricing please see the nzta.gov.nz website.

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What can you drive on a full Driver's Licence in NZ?

There are different licence classes & depending on the class will depend on the type of vehicle you can drive. Find out more from the nzta.govt.nz.

For more information about what the full license practical driving test involves see our guide to getting your licence.

How Can We Help?

Simply give us a call today on 09 302 3456 or fill in the contact form.

 

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