Rules For The Restricted Driving Licence
March 17, 2015 at 1:29 PM
The restricted driving licence is one of the two licences you will have to have held before you acquire a full driving licence in New Zealand.
It gives you a restricted right to drive on public roads so as to gain the skills and experience necessary for a full driving licence.
As the name suggests, this kind of driving licence comes with several restrictions to the driver. Unlike the full driving licence, there are a few things a holder of this licence is not allowed to do.
It is however not as restrictive as the learner licence and will afford the would-be driver a few privileges.
To acquire this licence you will need:
1. To meet all the application requirements. You will be required to:
Present proof of identity
Prove your eyesight is good enough
Take a photograph and provide your signature
Pay the application fee.
2. Book, pay and sit a practical exam.
3. Pass the practical exam.
Once you have received your restricted driving licence, you will be allowed to drive on public roads under the following conditions:
1. You can only drive unsupervised between 5am and 10pm.
2. If you want to drive outside this time period, then you must be accompanied by a qualified supervisor.
3. If your licence test was carried out in an automatic vehicle, then you are only allowed to drive an automatic unless a supervisor accompanies you.
4. Carrying passengers is not allowed unless your supervisor is accompanying you and allows you to do so.
There are, however, a few exceptions to the no-passenger rule. You are allowed to carry a passenger without a supervisor if the passenger is:
- Your partner or spouse.
- Your guardian or parent.
- A child under your care or that of your spouse.
- A relative living with you who receives social benefits.
- Someone to whom you are the primary caregiver.
Who qualifies to be your supervisor?
For a person to qualify as a supervisor, they must:
- Be holders of a full New Zealand licence for the class of vehicle you are training to drive.
- Have held the licence for a period of not less than 2 years.
- Are not required themselves to be under driving supervision.
Read more about your driver’s licence:
Steps To Getting Your Driver’s Licence In New Zealand