Getting your driver’s licence

This page links you to all you need to know about learning to drive a car or motorcycle.

New Zealand's graduated driver licensing system has three stages: learner, restricted and full.

Each stage has a test you have to pass. There’s a theory test to pass at stage 1, and driving tests for stages 2 and 3.

New Zealand Transport Agency

The NZ Transport Agency’s website has comprehensive information about driver licensing as well as the theory test questions. There is information for driving safety for young drivers.

If you are a learner driver you must not drive on your own — a person who has had their full licence for at least two years must be in the front passenger seat.

You must also:

  • Display ‘L’ (learner) plates on the front and rear of the vehicle;
  • Carry your learner licence with you at all times.

Motorcycles and mopeds

Motorcycles and mopeds are popular choices with young drivers. They are usually cheaper to buy and maintain than cars.

Mopeds must have a power output of less than 2kW and have a top design speed of less than 50kph. You can ride a moped with a car licence.

Motorcycle riders must pass a basic handling skills test and need a specialised motorcycle licence to ride on the road. NZTA’s How to get a motorcycle licence factsheet explains.

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