Whether you want to drive a car, motorcycle, truck or other heavy vehicle, you need a licence to be on the road. To drive vehicles such as buses, taxis, tow trucks or forklifts you’ll also need a licence endorsement to show that you have the skills to drive these vehicles.
Licence endorsements are also needed by driving instructors and testing officers, and for drivers transporting dangerous and hazardous goods.
This section sets out the steps involved in getting your driver licence and endorsements, and explains the conditions that may apply.
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On 1 May 2015 VTNZ took over as the Transport Agency's provider for all practical driver testing services. For more information on the change click here.
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Applying for your car driver licence involves a three-step process. Learn what you need to do to gain your learner, restricted and full driver licence.
There are four classes of heavy vehicle driver licences covering the different heavy vehicle types and weights. To drive the ‘heavier’ classes you first need to gain a licence in ‘lighter’ classes, but you can accelerate your progress.
Special-type vehicles require special skills to operate them. If you want to drive vehicles such as forklifts, trams, traction engines and bulldozers, you will need an endorsement on your driver licence or additional qualifications.