Restricted licence

These resources are suitable for intermediate level drivers working their way towards getting their restricted licence.

Restricted licence guide

Restricted licence guide (PDF | 243 KB) 

This guide explains how to get a restricted licence in New Zealand and can be used as a handout. 

It includes information on:

  • booking your test
  • what happens during your test
  • critical and immediate fail errors
  • preparation checklists
  • what happens once you've got your restricted licence.


These activities are useful for young people going for their restricted licence. They can be used during a workshop or when you require one-off activities.

A-Z challenge (154 KB) 

This challenge involves correctly putting the key steps of a driving skill (such as changing lanes) in order from beginning to end.

Hazard challenge (PDF | 4.5 MB) 

The Hazard challenge requires teams to correctly identify the hazards in a video or print-out of a driving scenario. This challenge is ideal for people preparing for their full licence test.

Detour challenge (PDF | 616 KB) 

This is a detour challenge, where the team must decide whether they'll choose a road markings challenge or a signs challenge to complete. As a team they must correctly match the sign or image of road markings with the rule that applies and come up with a reason as to why that particular marking or sign was used for that road.

Road worthy challenge (PDF | 73 KB)

In this challenge, teams must correctly identify the vehicle that is road worthy and ready to be used in the restricted licence test from 3 potential options. 

Rookie response challenge (PDF | 135 KB) 

In groups, participants discuss common situations where they might be pressured to breach their licence conditions. This challenge helps highlight techniques for dealing with peer pressure.

Situation critical challenge (PDF | 133 KB) 

Participants in this challenge must sort through a list of common driving mistakes and identify whether they are critical errors or immediate fails in the restricted licence test. 

Truth or myth challenge (PDF | 104 KB)

There are many myths about learning to drive and road rules. This exercise tries to bust some of these to reveal the true road rules and ensure people are aware of them.

Drive videos

Here are links to the 10 most-watched videos on Drive. If you would like to download them, please email:

  1. How to pass the NZ restricted licence
  2. Critical errors in the restricted and full licence tests
  3. Immediate fail errors in the restricted and full licence tests
  4. How to reverse parallel park
  5. How to do a three point turn
  6. How to scan for hazards
  7. How to change lanes
  8. How to merge
  9. How to tell if your car is ready for the test
  10. How to use the controls in an automatic


Run a workshop on the restricted and full licence test. Our workshop resources cover:

  • what's in the test
  • key test criteria and skills
  • common mistakes
  • what happens on the test day
  • areas to practice

Download our workshop resources:

Restricted and full licence workshop ( PPT | 638 KB)
Powerpoint presentation you can use as a visual aid to run your workshop.

Workshop notes (PDF | 62 KB)
Notes organised by order of powerpoint slide to help you cover everything.

Workshop scenarios (PDF | 58 KB)
A list of scenarios to encourage discussion.


Some of the resources featured on this page have been adapted from Behind The Wheel Mangere project.

What's next?

Full licence