Preparing for the learner's test
Thinking about getting your learner's? Here are some tips for booking and taking the test.
To get a learner's licence, you must:
- be at least 16 years old
- be able to correctly answer 32 out of 35 questions on the road code
The best way to prepare for the learner test is by learning New Zealand's road rules. You can do this by reading the New Zealand Road Code, or by working your way through Drive's Road Code.
Our Road Code contains a practice test that you can use to check whether you're ready for the real thing. If you're consistently getting every answer correct in the practice test, that's a good sign you're on the right track.
If you want to test yourself further, check out www.roadcodepractice.co.nz.
Booking your test
You'll probably need to go into a driver licencing agent twice to get your learner licence - once to do some paperwork and book a time for the actual test, and again on the day of the test itself. It’s possible you may be able to sit the test right after you do the paperwork but at most centres you’ll have to book.
You don't need to book for your first visit. You can stop in any time - although it pays to go in when the agent might be less busy, like mid-morning or mid-afternoon.
The first thing you need to do is complete a driver licence application form. You can download the application form and fill it out in advance, or get a copy from the driver licensing agent when you go in.
As well as filling in the application form you’ll also need to:
- present evidence of your identity
- do a quick eyesight test to show that your eyesight meets the required standard (bring your glasses or contact lenses if you normally wear them)
- have your photograph taken and provide a signature
- book a time to sit the learner's test - this might be several weeks away
- pay for the theory test and the learner's licence application
The day of the test
On the day of the test, you'll want to plan to arrive at the testing agent early. If you're late, you might not be able to sit the test that day. Try to avoid that stress by getting there at least 10 minutes before your test is due to start.
When you arrive, let the testing agent know you're there for your test. They'll tell you what to do next.