It’s great you’re wanting to get your Full Licence!
Here are all the steps of the process to get you there:
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:
- You’re under 25 years old and you’ve held your Restricted licence for at least 18 months or at least 12 months if you have successfully completed an approved advanced driving skills course
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:
- Visiting the NZTA website
- Visiting the Drive website
- Attending a local workshop in Māngere, or ask your school or training provider if
they do a Full Licence workshop
- Consider having a lesson with a driving instructor so you are as prepared as possible for your test - ask your local training provider or some of our Behind the Wheel class providers
- Get familiar with the critical error and immediate fail criteria.
And don’t forget to practice! It might be useful to have a supervisor with you when you do.
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
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: Complete the application form
To get hold of your application form you can either:
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 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 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
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.