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Restricted Licence

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

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Restricted Licence


Are you feeling ready to drive without a supervisor with you all the time? Here are all the steps towards getting your restricted licence so you can be more independent:


Remember you must have held your Learner licence for at least 6 months,
to start the process of getting your Restricted licence.


Step 1 of the getting your restricted licence

Step 1: Find out what you will need to do to pass your Restricted Test
and Practice!

It’s important that while you have your learner licence you make sure you have plenty of practice driving with your supervisor.

There are lots of ways to find out more about what you should be practicing, you can: 

Getting a Restricted 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 Restricted Workshop

Step 2 of the getting your restricted licence

Step 2: Save up for application and test fees.

The total fee for the first time you sit the test is $138.40

Restricted Application Fee..........$48.20
Restricted Test Fee.....................$86.60
                                          Fees Total: $134.80

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 restricted licence

Step 3: Complete the application form

To get hold of your application form you can either:

Step 4 of the getting your restricted 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 restricted 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 restricted licence

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

Book your test in store, online or call 0800 822 422

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 restricted licence

Step 7: Have you practiced enough for your test?

Try to get as much time in practicing with your supervisor as possible, before you sit your test. Remember you can find out exactly what you need to do to pass from a few places:

Step 8 of the getting your restricted licence

Step 8: 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 9 of the getting your restricted licence

Step 9: Take your practical driving test

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

  • Make sure you take your current Learner 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 60 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 Restricted Licence!

Here's what you need to remember:

1. You can drive on your own between 5am - 10pm

2. If you’re driving between 10pm - 5am you must have a supervisor with you

3. You must not carry passengers unless you have a supervisor with you

4. You must always carry your licence when driving



5. Your licence is valid for 5 years from the date of issue

6. The only passengers you are allowed to carry without a supervisor are:

  • your spouse or partner (partner means a partner in marriage, civil union partner or de facto partner)
  • your parent or guardian
  • a child who lives with you and is under your care or the care of your spouse/partner
  • a relative who lives with you and who receives a social security benefit e.g. invalid's, sickness, unemployment or widow's benefits
  • someone you’re looking after, and you are their main caregiver

How long before you can apply for a Full Licence:

If you are under 25 years of age, you can apply if you hold a current restricted licence and you have held your restricted licence for:

If you are 25 years of age or over, you can apply if you hold a current restricted licence and you have held your restricted licence for:

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