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Getting your Licence 

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Getting your car driver licence in NZ involves a three-step process. As you progress through the stages you gain a new licence with fewer requirements and more responsibilities. It's an approach that ensures all fully licensed drivers have the skills and experience to drive safely on our roads.

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Need some help getting ready for your licence?

Are you over 18? Driving on no licence or on the wrong licence? Wairarapa REAP hace Learner, Restricted & Full Licence courses. Aimed so you can pass first time! To find out when these are running, check out the Wairarapa REAP Events Calendar

Graduated licence System

The minimum age for obtaining class 1 (car) and class 6 (motorcycle) learner licence is 16 years. New minimum ages for obtaining restricted and full licences also apply.

Restricted Licence Test Guide

Full Licence Test Guide


Road Code

The official New Zealand road code 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.

Information in 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.

This guide is intended for drivers of cars and other light vehicles.


Local Driving Instructors


RYDA ProgrammeRYDA Programme

The Rotary Youth Driver Awareness Programme is in partnership with Rotary, Road Safety Education, Safer Journeys, Wairarapa Road Safety Council.

This year we almost doubled our number is our fourth year providing a successful program focusing on Year 12 Students across Wairarapa during March. With nearly 600 Students in attendance over the 2-day event held at the Solway Showgrounds in Masterton, students we able to take part in 6 workshops;

  • Putting the 'I' in Drive
  • Hazards, Distractions & Risks
  • Speed & Stopping Distances
  • Road Choices
  • Genevieves Story
  • Crash Survivor


Each facilitator was experienced in their field providing safer road choices and inspiration to students wanting to take the next step in their journey of their future driving careers. This program is set to run again in 2017.

Congratulations to Conor Mackay -Freeman who won 6 FREE driving lessons with Jackie Hill from Masterton Driver Training after filling out the RYDA Feedback form (picture above)

For more information please click the RYDA link

We wish to thank all of the Rotarians, Teachers, Students, Facilitators and supporting organisations that played their part in making this event a success.

RYDA is an Australia and New Zealand Program delivered by Road Safety Education Ltd.

Photo Credit: Piers Fuller

Road Safety wants us to 'drive legal'Road Safety wants us to 'drive legal'

The "Drive Legal Wairarapa Wide" campaign focuses on keeping the region's cars up to safety standards. FILE PHOTO(WTA).
The Wairarapa Road Safety Council is working with police to encourage motorists in the region to "drive legal".
The "Drive Legal Wairarapa Wide" campaign focuses on keeping the region's cars up to safety standards.

Road Safety Council manager Bruce Pauling said many Wairarapa drivers were putting themselves and others at risk by driving non-legal vehicles and breaching their driver licence conditions.

The former police officer, with 30 years' enforcement experience, said statistics for tickets issued across Wairarapa for 2014 were "worrying". Some 2094 tickets were issued for vehicles that had faults, no warrant of fitness or were not up to WOF standard. More than 1900 tickets had been issued to either unlicensed drivers or to drivers breaching graduated licence conditions.

"As these statistics show, far too many local drivers are flaunting these safety laws," Mr Pauling said.
"Unknown to them, their cars could be unsafe and, by not following licence conditions or being totally unlicensed, they have not proved they have the necessary skills to keep themselves and others safe on Wairarapa roads."
He said driver knowledge and skill base was also what the "drive legal" campaign was about.
"The importance of acquiring the appropriate driving skills via the graduated driver licence system can often be forgotten," Mr Pauling said.
"As drivers move through the system, they are tested to ensure they have acquired the right skills to earn the right to drive on our roads.

"Licence conditions and restrictions, such as a supervisor, not carrying passengers and a curfew, are placed around the novice driver to ensure they graduate to become a competent, safe and responsible road user." As of last year, five-year time limits were applied to learner and restricted licence holders. This means if a driver has not progressed to the next licence stage within five years then they will become unlicensed and risk large fines and demerit points. They will be required to start the whole process over.

Mr Pauling said although keeping a car up to a safe standard could be expensive, it was important to do so. "It is essential that the car you are driving and transporting your whanau and friends in has been checked by a qualified mechanic and is seen to be compliant and safe." He said it was a good idea for people to regularly carry out five-minute checks to ensure their vehicle still met warrant of fitness standard.

People looking to buy a new or used vehicle should look at the available safety features and ratings and decide on the safest car for their budget. Car safety ratings were based on over 7.5 million vehicles in police-reported crashes in New Zealand and Australia from 1987 to 2013. The Australia New Car Assessment Programme (Ancap) star-rated system was based on the results of thousands of laboratory controlled crashes. Mr Pauling said people should base their consumer choice on safety first, followed by other features such as brand and colour of vehicle.

"You could be surprised that the car you have in mind with the flash rims and stereo will not perform that safely or provide enough occupant protection in a serious crash." Drivers needed to look after each other on the roads.

-The government website has safety information on most new and used vehicles.

Anyone with a learner licence who does not have anyone to act as a driving supervisor, or has no access to a legal car to practice, or needs more advice, can contact Bruce Pauling on 06 929 7425 or go to

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