Passing an approved advanced driving course can:
- reduce the minimum age at which you can get a full car from 18 years to 17½ years, and
- reduce the time you need to stay on a restricted car licence – by either three or six months, depending on your age.
You can undertake an approved driving course once you have obtained your learner or restricted car licence.
Approved advanced driving course providers
There are two approved advanced driving courses, both intended for drivers of all ages. Contact the course providers for further information or to take a course.
Defensive driving course
The defensive driving course is available throughout New Zealand, provided by trainers who are affiliated to the AA (New Zealand Automobile Association) Driving School. Successfully completing a defensive driving course reduces your time on a restricted licence and may also count towards gaining a NZQA qualification.
- AA Driving School
0800 223 748
Street Talk courses are offered through the following organisations. As well as reducing your time on a restricted licence, completing a Street Talk course may also count towards gaining a NZQA qualification.
- Manukau Urban Maori Authority (MUMA) (Auckland region only)
0800 922 832
After hours: 0274 922 555
- New Zealand Institute of Driver Educators (NZIDE)
0800 STREET TALK
- Passrite Driving Academy
Contact: Mark Chapman
09 636 0111