The Council wants to support our residents to keep safe, confident and legal on the road.
You or someone you know may need a little bit of help getting through the driver licencing process.
The Council may be able to help support you through this.
The opportunity is open to anyone who is struggling to get through the road code, or needs confidence with driving as it can affect people’s employment and general quality of life.
This support may be a driver assessment with a professional driver instructor before sitting your restricted or some extra training on the road code before you go for your learners. We may also be able to help with transportation costs supporting at risk young drivers in remote areas who may have no other way to get to the driver testing.
To be eligible the driver should be a position where they cannot afford to pay for this service themselves. The funding cannot be used to physically pay for a learner or a restricted licence as this service is covered by the Ministry of Social development.
If you think you may benefit from this, or know of someone that we could help please get in contact using the following contact form, or contact the Council's road safety liaison on 03 543 8551.
If you are aged between 16-19 years old you can contact Youth Services to pay for your test fee.
They can also help you get a copy of a birth certificate to use as ID.
134 Rutherford Street, Nelson
03 548 8271
A client can apply for a special needs grant to have assistance in driver licence application.
A recoverable Special Needs Grant may be made to a client who:
An essential need exists if it is necessary for the client to obtain a driver licence:
The maximum amount of any recoverable Special Needs Grants for a new driver licence must not exceed:
Contact MSD directly and ask about a ‘special needs grant’.
Call 0800 559 009 or