The driver licensing system will be reviewed, it was announced today.

The aim of the review was to see if the system can be modernised and made cheaper, Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss said.

"A lot has changed since the current driver licensing system was introduced in 1999. The review will look at modernising the system by making it more customer-focused and reducing compliance costs," he said.

"It will consider whether the heavy vehicle driver licensing process could be simplified by reducing the number of heavy vehicle classes and related endorsements."

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However, the fundamental elements of the system -- such as the photographic driver licence and a minimum age requirement -- will not be changed, he said. But he hoped it could be made more user friendly and easier to understand.

"For example, the review is an opportunity to consider online licence renewals and whether the full licence test needs to evolve, given the recent changes to make the restricted test more difficult," Mr Foss said.

Any proposed changes would not come into effect until 2016

For more information visit: www.transport.govt.nz/dlr