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Approved course providers

There are two approved advanced driving courses. 

Defensive driving course

The defensive driving course is available throughout New Zealand. It is provided by trainers who are affiliated to the AA (New Zealand Automobile Association) Driving School.

AA Driving School (external link)
0800 223 748

Street Talk

Street Talk courses are offered through the New Zealand Institute of Driver Educators (NZIDE). They can be contacted at:

New Zealand Institute of Driver Educators (NZIDE) (external link)
0800 STREET TALK (787338)

Advanced driving courses teach you important skills for driving

Advanced driving courses are designed to help you identify and avoid or handle potential hazards you may encounter while driving. 

They teach skills that can help reduce the likelihood of you being involved in a crash, such as eye scanning while driving, hazard detection and risk management. 

Passing an advanced driving course can:

  • reduce the minimum age for a full driver licence (from 18 years to 17½ years), and
  • reduce the time you need to stay on a restricted licence (by either three or six months depending on your age). 

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

Approved driving courses may also count towards an NZQA qualification. 

Download Factsheet 66: Driver licensing courses for licence classes and endorsements [PDF, 68 KB]