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Full Licence

It’s great you’re wanting to get your Full Licence! 
Here are all the steps of the process to get you there:

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Full Licence

 

Ready to take your family and friends along for the road trip with you in the driver’s seat? Here are all the steps towards getting your Full Licence:

 

         You can start the process of getting your Full Licence if:

 

  • OR if you're 25 years old or over and you’ve held your Restricted licence for at least 6 months or at least 3 months if you have successfully completed an approved advanced driving skills course

 
Step 1 of the getting your full licence


Step 1: Make sure you know what you need to do to pass the test

You can find out more about how to pass the Full licence test by:

And don’t forget to practice! It might be useful to have a supervisor with you when you do. 

Getting a Full Licence

Download our helpful guide which tells you about what you'll be assessed on and other great tips

Download our summary to help you revise what we covered at the Behind the Wheel Full Workshop


 
Step 2 of the getting your full licence

Step 2: Save up for application and test fees.

The total fee for the first time you sit the test is $109.50

Full Licence Application Fee..........$49.60
Full Licence Test Fee......................$59.90
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                                Fees Total: $109.50

If you don't pass and have to retake the test then you'll only need to pay the test fee to resit the test.


 
Step 3 of the getting your full licence

Step 3: Complete the application form

To get hold of your application form you can either:


 
Step 4 of the getting your full licence

Step 4: Make sure you have the right ID

If you have a current New Zealand passport OR a New Zealand drivers licence that is either current or has only expired in the last two years that is the only form of ID you will need to bring when applying for your Restricted test

Otherwise, you must have 2 original IDs with you

  • One ID must have your photo
  • All IDs must be current with a few exceptions: 
    • If you bring an expired NZ or Overseas Passport, or a NZ Firearms Licence, it can only have been expired for up to 2 years

For more information you can check the NZTA factsheet here


 
Step 5 of the getting your full licence

Step 5: Find a driver licensing agent near you

You can find this out from the NZTA website


 
Step 6 of the getting your full licence

Step 6: Visit your nearest driver licensing agent to apply and
book your test or book online

Before you go, make sure you bring your IDs (Step 4)

When you're there you will need to:

  • Submit your filled out application form
  • Pay the fees
  • Book a Test date
  • Do the quick eyesight test on the spot *
    * Bring your glasses or contact lenses if you have them
  • Get your photo taken and provide a signature for your licence

 
Step 7 of the getting your full licence

Step 7: Make sure the vehicle you’re planning on using for your test is road worthy and test ready

You can find out all the criteria on the DRIVE website.


 
Step 8 of the getting your full licence

Step 8: Take your practical driving test

Before you go, here's what you need to know:

  • Make sure you take your current Restricted licence* to the test
  • Make sure you arrive at least 30 minutes before your test if you did not complete the eyesight test or have your photo taken when you applied.
  • Test runs for 30 minutes with a testing officer.

*If you are sitting your test using a temporary (paper) driver licence you must also take some form of photographic ID with you that enables the testing officer to confirm your identity


Congratulations!

You've got your Full Licence!

Here's what you need to remember:

  • For most people, your Full Licence is valid for 10 years.
  • Once you have your Full Licence, you don’t have any of the restricted licence conditions anymore.

 

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