You must be 16½ years old
You must hold it for 18 months (Less in some cases)
You must also have held your learner licence for at least 6 months.

How to get your car (class 1) restricted licence

To get your restricted 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 a signature
  • pay the restricted licence application and test fees and book a test time
  • pass the restricted 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 to a driver licensing agent before your test to lodge your application.

Restricted licence practical test

The restricted licence practical test is a 60-minute test with a testing officer, who will assess whether your driving is good enough to progress to the next level of driver licence.

Restricted licence conditions

  • You can drive on your own between 5am and 10pm.
  • Between 10pm and 5am you must have a supervisor.
  • If you sit your test in an automatic vehicle, you will only be allowed to drive automatic vehicles. This doesn’t apply when you have a supervisor.
  • You must not carry passengers unless you have a supervisor with you. The only passengers you can carry without a supervisor are:
    • your spouse or partner (partner means a civil union partner or de facto partner)
    • your parent or guardian
    • a child who lives with you and is under the care of you or your spouse or partner, eg you or your spouse are their parent or guardian
    • a relative who lives with you and who receives a social security benefit, eg the domestic purposes, invalid’s, sickness, unemployment or widow’s benefits
    • someone you look after as their primary caregiver

Source: NZTA.govt.nz