The official New Zealand road code has been designed to help you become a safe and responsible driver.

The Licence and study guide section will help you through each stage of your driver licence. It explains the driver licensing system in New Zealand, describes each stage of your driver licence and provides useful information about the theory and practical tests. It also includes most of the questions that you could be asked when you sit the theory test for your learner licence, and a driving skills syllabus to help you and your driving coach when you’re learning to drive.

The road code section is a user-friendly guide to New Zealand’s traffic law and safe driving practices. You will be tested on this information in your theory and practical driving tests. It explains the legal responsibilities of vehicle owners and the legal requirements for your vehicle. It also contains information about what you can do to be safer on the road when you’re a pedestrian, cyclist, horse rider or moped rider.

This guide is intended for drivers of cars and other light vehicles. The NZ Transport Agency also publishes road codes for heavy vehicle drivers, motorcyclists and cyclists. Physical copies are also available.

Road code updates on the internet

While The official New Zealand road code is carefully checked to ensure it is accurate at the time of publication, changes to legislation may mean that some information becomes out of date. To make sure you have the most up-to-date information, visit the Updates page, call us on 0800 822 422 or email us at

Where can I buy the 'Road code'?

You can purchase copies of The official New Zealand road code for car drivers, The official New Zealand road code for heavy vehicle drivers and The official New Zealand road code for motorcyclists from NZ Transport Agency agents and most booksellers.

The 2019/20 edition of The official New Zealand road code is available from the following stockists:


The NZ Transport Agency has endeavoured to ensure the material in this guide is technically accurate and reflects legal requirements. However, as this road code is a plain-English summary of select transport-related legislation, it does not override governing legislation. The Transport Agency does not accept liability for any consequences arising from the use of this guide. If the user of this guide is unsure whether the material is correct, they should make direct reference to the relevant legislation. Legislation can be accessed online at

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Last updated: 1 April 2019