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Licences Types and Exams

This page includes information and links for the competition licence application process, the types of competition licence and licence exam questions.

Before a competition licence can be issued, the applicant must pass the licence exam applicable for the grade of licence they wish to secure. The following documents contain questions that you may be asked during the exam. To help you prepare for the exam please refer to the MotorSport Manual.

Once you have prepared for the exam, go onto the MotorSport Online system, complete your registration (if you haven’t already done so) and apply for the applicable licence. Then you will need to arrange a time with a licence examiner to sit the exam – contact details for licence examiners all over New Zealand can be found at the bottom of this page. Once you have successfully completed the licence exam, the examiner will register the result in the system and the MotorSport NZ office will process and issue your licence.

Junior Drivers (12-16 years)

Click here for more information on licence requirements for junior drivers.

M Grade Exam

Types of motorsport this licence covers:
• Autocross
• Driver training
• Motorkhanas
• Rallycross
• Sprints
• Trials

Prior to sitting the examination, candidates must gained a good level of knowledge of the Driver’s Guide (see link below).

M Grade Licence Exam questions
Driver’s Guide

C Grade Exam

Types of motorsport this licence covers:
• National race events
• All ClubSport events

Prior to sitting the examination, candidates must have gained a good level of knowledge of the National Sporting Code, as well as Appendix Two – Schedule A and Appendix Four – Schedule Z of the MotorSport Manual (see link below).

C Grade Licence Exam questions
MotorSport Manual

R Grade Exam

Types of motorsport this licence covers:
• Rallies
• Rally sprints
• All ClubSport events

Prior to sitting the examination, candidates must have gained a good level of knowledge of the National Sporting Code, as well as Appendix Two – Schedule A and Appendix Three – Schedule R of the MotorSport Manual (see links below).

R Grade Licence Exam questions
MotorSport Manual

Licence examiner contact details

Licence examiner contact details

Competing overseas

Competing overseas

Applying for a New Competition Licence

New Competition licences are available in:

  • M Grade – ClubSport Basic and Advanced Events
  • C Grade – National Race, ClubSport Basic and Advanced Events
  • R Grade – National Rally, ClubSport Basic and Advanced Events

Step 1: Car Club Membership

Your first step is to become a member of a MotorSport NZ Affiliated Car Club

You will need your club membership details handy when you submit your application.

Step 2: Getting ready for the Exam

Before you sit the exam, you can test yourself using the examination papers above.

This page includes information and links for the competition licence application process, the types of competition licence and licence exam questions.

Step 3: Register

It is recommended that you register online with us before you sit the test as the examiner can then find your record online and complete the examination section that is required.

To do this please follow the steps below:

  • Go to the login page
  • Click “New to Motorsport NZ? Register here”
  • Complete the details as requested and click the email button to submit the form
  • You will receive an email from the database with a temporary username/password
  • Enter these details into the username/password fields and click the big blue start button
  • You will then be taken to a page you will be asked to change the username/password to something you will remember
  • You can then log in using the username/password you have set up

Note: If you have previously held a Competition Licence or a Vehicle Logbook with us, we may have already created a record for you in this database which means you may not need to register. If this is the case, please advise or select the ‘Forgot Password’ option on the log in page.

Step 4: Exam Time

Please contact one of our Licence Examiners local to you to arrange a time and place to sit your exam

When you have passed your exam, the examiner will be able to find you in the database as you will have already set yourself up in the system- Your examiner can scan and upload your exam results into the database.

If at the time the exam cannot be marked off online another option is to scan/email or post the signed test to the Office where it can be marked off on the examiner’s behalf.

Step 5: Applying for your Licence

It is recommended to do this when you register/before you sit your exam as this then adds the application to the list the examiners access to mark them off.

Click “Licences” on your Dashboard- The click “Add a Licence” followed by “Competition Licence”

This will open a new page where you can complete all the necessary details for your application.

The next step is the payment page where you can select the method of payment and will be supplied with an invoice number or a receipt via email (dependant on the method selected).

Step 6: Approval of your Licence

We will be able to see your application every step of the way and will be watching for the following to be completed:

  • The Licence has been applied for
  • All personal details completed within your Profile tab
  • A suitable Passport style photo has been uploaded (this will print onto your licence card)
  • The licence fee payment has been received
  • Any medical aspects have been approved
  • The Exam has been passed/marked off

Once all the above has been completed your licence application may be approved and a licence card sent out to you.

Medical Aspects of your application

This is for C and or R Grade applications only.

As part of your application several medical questions will be asked, and YES/NO answers available. If you answer yes to anything you will need to provide further details. Depending on your current medical declaration you may require a medical review to be completed. This will be advised by the MotorSport Medical Assessor to you directly after you have applied, and your medical declaration has been reviewed. Upon application, you can upload any supporting documentation for the Medical Assessor to see.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Morgen Dickson, Customer Relationship Administrator – morgen@motorsport.org.nz

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