Rally – Getting Started
A rally event is made up of several high speed special stages. These stages can be held on public or private roads which are closed to the public. The roads can be sealed (tarmac) or unsealed (gravel). Each driver and co-driver completes a timed run of each special stage, attempting to drive the distance in the shortest possible time.
The role of the co-driver is to read route instructions to the driver from a road book which details intersections and some hidden hazards on the course. The special stages are linked by touring stages which are the means of getting from one stage to the next, and are driven at normal road speeds and rules, and therefore require a road-registered vehicle.
Step 1: Car Club Membership
Your first step is to become a member of a MotorSport New Zealand Affiliated Car Club. Click here to find a suitable car club.
Step 2: Getting ready for the Exam
Before you sit the exam, you can test yourself using the examination paper
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:
- Got to http://online.motorsport.org.nz/
- 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 (It’s important to recognise that the issuing of new licence numbers is a manual process that will be managed directly by staff at MSNZ, so, depending on demand, it could take a few days to receive your new licence number and 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 MSNZ Licence or a Vehicle Logbook 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 and this will email the MSNZ Office to check for you.
Step 4: Exam Time
Please find a local Examiner and contact them directly 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 MSNZ 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.
On the MotorSport Online system: 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 of the above has been completed your licence application may be approved and a licence card sent out to you.