Current application processing times
Our Palmerston North office was evacuated on 13 June 2019, and we have limited capacity for processing some applications. We’re very sorry for any inconvenience this causes.
In addition, we are strengthening our compliance processes, including making improvements to what is considered fit and proper behaviour. This requires more in-depth checking and we are hiring and training team members to help as we get used to the changes. We will continue to review timeframes over the coming weeks.
To help minimise delays, please ensure you submit your application as early as possible. Standard applications (more likely to be processed without delay) are those where the following are met:
Teaching people to drive for your business, or any kind of payment, requires you to have a driving instructor (I) endorsement on your licence. Be aware that any space the public can access, even if they aren’t supposed to, can be considered a road. This includes parking, fields and beaches if the public could drive there.
If you’re not sure whether you need an I endorsement, please call us on 0800 822 422.
You must have held a full New Zealand car licence (class 1) for at least two years
You’ll need a medical certificate (unless you’ve provided one to the Transport Agency in the last five years)
If you’re not a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, you’ll need a work permit or visa approving work in New Zealand in the appropriate field
You’ll need a current passport or New Zealand driver licence, or another form of acceptable evidence of identity.
|1 year||5 years|
|Full licence test*||$59.90||$59.90|
* If you’ve passed a class 1 full licence in the last five years, you don’t need this again.
Your application will be sent to the NZ Transport Agency to be processed, and for the fit and proper person check to be performed.
If you’ve provided all the necessary information with your application and all the endorsement requirements have been met, please allow 10 working days for your application to be processed.
If some information hasn’t been provided yet, or if some requirements haven’t been met, your application will take longer to process.
If you're cleared and your application is granted, your endorsement will be approved and your new licence will be made and sent to you.
If you’re not cleared, you’ll receive a letter explaining this and the process you may take to appeal the decision in the district court.
Use our online tracking tool(external link) to view your application status:
|Status||What does this mean?|
|Received||We’ve got your application, but we haven’t started working on it yet. We’ll send you an email to let you know it’s been received.|
We’re waiting for something.
For example, we could be waiting for vetting information from the police, or reviewing your medical certificate.
We’ll contact you if we need more information from you.
|Processing||We’ve got all the information we need, and we’re now assessing your application.|
We’ve finished processing your application.
You must have a current New Zealand full licence (class 1), which you’ve held for at least two years.
Holding an equivalent overseas licence doesn’t meet this requirement. If you’ve held an overseas licence, you may be able apply for an exemption to get your overseas driving experience recognised. You will still need to sit a practical driving test (see below).
You must also have held each class of driver licence that you want to teach for at least two years. For example, if you want to teach both class 1 (car) and class 6 (motorcycles), you must have held each of those classes for at least two years.
When you make your application, you’ll need to choose the classes that you want to teach. You must have an I endorsement for each class.
For example, if you say on your form that you want to teach classes 1, 2, 4 and 6, you will have an I1, I2, I4 and I6 on your driver licence (if you have held each class for long enough).
Before an I endorsement is granted you must demonstrate your ability to drive safely. This means you’ll need to sit a full licence test or show that you’ve passed one in the last five years.
It's easy to book the test online before you go into the agent. If you book online, you'll still need to go to a driver licensing agent before your test to make your application.
To ensure that the New Zealand public are safe while under your supervision, your application will be sent to the NZ Transport Agency so that a fit and proper person check can be done. This will check on things like transport-related offences, criminal convictions and past complaints about you.
It’s important that commercial drivers are in good health. We want to ensure that you won’t cause an accident through a health-related incident when you’re responsible for the lives of passengers or driving large vehicles on public roads.
Ask your doctor to complete a Transport Agency medical certificate for you.
Good vision is essential to driving a vehicle safely. You’ll need to provide proof your vision meets the standards for safe driving.
You'll need to provide a certificate showing that you've successfully completed an approved I endorsement course.
This course ensures you’re equipped with the knowledge required to effectively train people to be safe drivers on New Zealand roads. You also need to show that you’re a safe and responsible driver.
You can’t start instructing just because you’ve got the necessary certificates. You must successfully complete the application process and get the I endorsement added to your driver licence first.
Instructors are responsible for making sure people become safe and confident drivers. Your pupils have the right to expect high quality training and service.
The Transport Agency may audit you at any time to check you’re delivering a suitable service. You must also keep records of any driving instruction you’ve done for at least 12 months after the training has been completed.
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