The restricted licence practical driving test is the test that learner licence holders must pass to graduate to a restricted licence. It is designed to assess whether the skills of the driver are at a level where they can safely drive without a supervisor under certain conditions (see About driver licences for the conditions of a restricted licence).
The test is conducted in a vehicle provided by you.
Note: if you pass the test in a vehicle with automatic transmission, your restricted licence will have an ‘automatic vehicles only' condition, meaning you will only be allowed to drive automatic vehicles unless you are accompanied by a supervisor.
The restricted licence practical driving test will take about 60 minutes. This time allows for vehicle checks before the test, the driving test itself and time for the testing officer to give you feedback on your performance after the test.
You should also:
Because of the dangers involved in gaining the experience necessary to pass the restricted licence test, it is strongly recommended that you get instruction from a skilled and experienced driver, and practise driving in a variety of situations and on different types of roads.
You should also make sure that you know all the road rules in the Road code and can apply them in everyday situations.
You can find out more about the practical driving test by visiting our website at Changes to the driver licence tests.
You can find out more about the practical driver test by visiting our website at www.nzta.govt.nz/licence/photo/new-tests.html.
You will be asked to perform a number of assessable tasks including:
When completing each task you will also be assessed on the following:
During the test you could incur a critical error for following:
You will fail the test, with the test being terminated, if you:
Some of the most common reasons for failing a restricted practical test are:
You can find out more about the practical driver test by visiting our website.
At the end of the test, the testing officer will tell you whether or not you have passed the test. They will also go over any errors you made.
If you pass the test, you will have earned your restricted licence. This means you will be able to drive on your own with certain conditions. See About driver licences for the conditions of a restricted licence.
If you pass the test, the testing officer will keep your learner licence and give you an interim restricted licence. This temporary licence is valid for 21 days and must be carried with you when you drive. Your restricted photo driver licence will be mailed to you.
If you fail the test, the testing officer will return your learner licence to you.
Last updated: 23 February 2015