About driver licences

How to get your driver licence

To become a fully licensed car driver in New Zealand you need to pass through the three stages of the graduated driver licensing system:

To pass from one stage to the next, you need to fulfil the requirements of the previous stage. This section outlines how to get each stage of your driver licence.

How much does it cost to get your driver licence?

Type of application/test Amount
Learner licence application $48.70
Learner licence theory test $47.40
Restricted licence application $48.70
Restricted licence practical test $88.30
Full licence application $50.00
Full licence practical test $61.70
Total $334.80*

All fees include GST and are non-refundable.

* Note: this amount doesn't include fees for re-sitting tests if you fail the first time. If you need to re-sit a test you will
   need to pay another test fee, but you won't be charged another application fee.

Changing or cancelling your test

If you want to change or cancel your test, you will have to pay a further fee.

  • Where there are two or more complete working days (excluding weekends and public holidays) between the day you change or cancel your test and the date of your appointment, you will need to pay a rescheduling fee of $16.40.

    This is a regulated fee to cover the time taken and costs incurred when a test is cancelled or rescheduled.
  • Where there are less than two complete working days (excluding weekends and public holidays) between the day you change or cancel your test and the date of your appointment, you will not pay a rescheduling fee but will need to pay a further test fee. This test fee is not refundable.

    You can apply for a refund of the first test fee paid. Where the test time is filled by another person, then the test fee will be refunded less a processing fee of $16.

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Last updated: 1 August 2012