Minimum age is 18 years old unless you do a course

If you have completed an approved advanced driving course, you can get your full licence once you turn 17½.

If you haven’t completed an advanced driving course, then you must be 18 before you can get your full licence.

You must hold your restricted licence for a minimum time

Drivers under 25 years

If you have completed an advanced driving course, then you must have held your restricted licence for at least 12 months before you can get your full licence.

If you have not completed a course, then you must have held your restricted licence for at least 18 months.

Drivers 25 or over

If you have completed an advanced driving course, then you must have held your restricted licence for at least 3 months before you can get your full licence.

If you have not completed a course, then you must have held your restricted licence for at least 6 months.

How to get your full licence

To get your full licence, you must apply at a driver licensing agent.

You will need to:

  • fill out an application form
  • present evidence of your identity
  • prove your eyesight meets the required standard
  • let the agent take your photo and signature
  • present your approved course certificate (if you have completed a course)
  • pay the full licence application and test fee and book a test time
  • pass the full licence practical test.

You can book the test online

You can book the test online or over the phone before you go into the agent. If you do it this way, you will need to go a driver licensing agent before your test to lodge your application.

Full licence practical test

The full licence practical test is a 30 minute test with a testing officer, who will assess whether your driving is good enough to progress to the next level of driver licence.

No more restricted conditions

Once you have passed the the full licence practical test, your don’t have to follow any of the restricted licence conditions any more. You can drive any vehicle covered under a class 1.

Source: NZTA.govt.nz