Getting Your Drivers Licence

Getting your car driver licence in New Zealand involves a three-step process. As you progress through the stages you gain a new licence with fewer requirements and more responsibilities. It’s an approach that ensures all fully licensed drivers have the skills and experience to drive safely on our roads.


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Learner Licence

A learner licence is the first step of the three-stage process to get a driver licence.

Restricted Licence

A restricted licence is the second step of the three-stage process to get a full driver licence.

Full Licence

This page tells you the process to get your car full licence, and what you need to know about holding a full licence.

Advanced Driving Course

You can do an approved driving course once you have got your learner or restricted car licence