Manukau, Auckland

Restricted Licence

You now have a Learner licence, what’s next?

Once you have a learner licence, the best way forward towards your restricted licence is to book lessons with Aketa or Tj learning the driving task needed to pass your practical driving test. You need to be at least 16 ½ and have held your learners licence for 6 months before you can take your restricted licence test. You need to be well prepared with the right level of driving skill and ability.


It’s about keeping our road users safe.

To keep you safe while you’re still learning, there are some conditions you must follow while on your restricted licence:

Between 5am and 10pm you can drive on your own.Between 10pm and 5am you can only drive if you have a supervisor in the front passenger seat.If you’re driving without a supervisor, you can only take a passenger if they are:your spouse or partner (for example the person you live with as if you’re married or in a civil union)a child who is financially dependent on you or your spouse (for example you’re their parent or guardian)your parent or guardianrelatives that live with you and are on a social security benefitsomeone you look after as their primary caregiver.

Be prepared to show evidence to a police officer if requested.

If you sit your restricted practical test in an automatic vehicle, you’ll have a condition on your licence that means you can only drive automatic vehicles. This condition doesn’t apply if you have a supervisor with you.

Who can be a supervisor

Alcohol limits

If you’re under 20 years old, you must not drive if you’ve had any alcohol.

If you’re 20 or older, you must not drive if you have: more than 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood, or250 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath.

More restricted licence information from VTNZ, go here.