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This page tells you how to get a heavy vehicle learner licence, and important information you need to know. 

You need the right class of licence for the vehicle

You need a class 2, 3, 4 or 5 learner licence before you learn to drive heavy vehicles.

Class 2 – medium rigid vehicles
Class 3 – medium combination vehicles
Class 4 – heavy rigid vehicles
Class 5 – heavy combination vehicles.

Full details about the vehicles each class of licence covers

How long you have to hold the previous licence

You must hold a licence for a certain amount of time before you can move onto the next licence. This table tells you how long you have to wait before you get a learner licence. 

 

Under 25

25 and over

Class 2L

You must hold a current class 1 full licence for 6 months first

Class 3L

You must hold a current class 2 full licence for 6 months first

You must hold a current class 2 full licence for 3 months first

Class 4L

You must hold a current class 2 full licence for 6 months first

You must hold a current class 2 full licence for 3 months first

Class 5L

You must hold a current class 4 full licence for 6 months first

You must hold a current class 4 full licence for 3 months first

How to get a learner licence

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

You will need to:

Learner licence theory test

The learner licence theory test is a computer-based, 35-question, multi-choice test that assesses your knowledge of road rules and safe driving practices. You will need to get at least 33 questions right to pass.

Everything you need to pass the test is in The official New Zealand road code. You can buy the road code at most bookstores and driver licensing agents, or it’s available online.

More information about theory tests
Read The official New Zealand road code for heavy vehicle drivers
Practise the theory test at www.roadcodepractice.co.nz (external link)

Once you have passed your theory test, the agent will give you a temporary learner licence so you can start practising your driving. Your photo driver licence will be posted to you.

You can only drive with a supervisor

While on a learner licence you can only drive under the supervision of a licensed driver (who's held a full New Zealand licence for the same class you're driving for at least two years).

Full licence is the next step

Once you have your learner licence, you have two options. You can:

  • hold the learner licence for at least six months, and then pass a practical test to get a full licence, or
  • complete an approved course for that class. 

Find out more about the process to get a full licence

Download Factsheet 70: Heavy vehicle driver licences [PDF, 84 KB]

You must hold a current class 1 full licence for 6 months first

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