Renewing driver licence endorsements
This factsheet explains what you need to do to renew the endorsements on your driver licence. It provides helpful information relating to medical and eyesight requirements and advises what you need to bring and where you need to go.
Full details of the requirements for renewing driver licence endorsements can be found in the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Rule 1999 and subsequent amendments.
The renewal process
The NZ Transport Agency will send you a reminder notice shortly before your endorsement is due to expire. Make sure you advise us every time you change address - this will help ensure you receive any mail we send you. You should follow the renewal process described below whether you receive a reminder or not.
To renew your endorsement(s):
- go to the nearest Transport Agency driver licensing agent (selected branches of the Automobile Association, Vehicle Inspection New Zealand or Vehicle Testing New Zealand)
- complete an endorsement renewal form
- provide evidence of your identity, which can be either:
- your New Zealand photographic licence (which must be current or expired up to two years) or your current New Zealand passport, or
- two other acceptable forms of evidence of identity (see Factsheet 20 Identification for driver licensing for further information and a full list of acceptable identity documents)
- present any supporting information required, eg a course certificate if renewing a D endorsement and a medical certificate if required
- pay the fee
- have your eyesight checked
- have your photo taken
- write your signature onto the electronic pad.
If you have renewed D, F, R, T or W endorsements, your renewed driver licence should arrive in the mail within two to three weeks. However, if you've applied for a P, V, I or O endorsement, allow six to eight weeks (because of the requirement to carry out the fit and proper person check).
You need to present a medical certificate if you:
- are 75 years of age or over
- are renewing a P, V, I, or O endorsement and have not provided a medical certificate for classes 2 to 5 or endorsements P, V, I or O in the last five years
- have a medical condition that affects your ability to drive and your medical condition has worsened (or a new condition has been diagnosed) since your last medical certificate was presented
- are requested to by the Transport Agency (regardless of when you last presented a medical certificate).
A medical certificate must be issued by a New Zealand registered medical practitioner and dated no more than 60 days before the date of your application.
F, R, T or W endorsements
These endorsements expire and are renewed at the same time as your photo driver licence.
When filling in the renewal form, indicate on the form that you wish to continue to hold your F, R, T or W endorsement.
P, V, I or O endorsements
We recommend you submit your application 60 days prior to the expiry of your endorsement. If you apply late, the renewal process may not be completed when your endorsement expires. This means you won't be legally entitled to provide the service your endorsement allows and this could jeopardise your employment.
- If your renewal is granted more than 60 days before the expiry of your existing endorsement, your new endorsement will expire on the anniversary of the date the renewal is granted.
- If your renewal is granted less than 60 days before the expiry of your existing endorsement, your new endorsement will expire on the anniversary of the date of the expiry of your existing endorsement.
- If your renewal is granted after the expiry of your existing endorsement, your new endorsement will expire on the anniversary of the date the renewal is granted.
If you hold a D endorsement, you are required to keep up to date with developments in the field and need to allow time to complete an approved dangerous goods course each time you renew your D endorsement.
Apply for your D endorsement renewal soon after you complete the course (your certificate won't be accepted if it is dated more than 60 days before your application).
D endorsements are valid for five years.
There are no renewal fees for F, R, T or W endorsements.
When renewing a P, V, I or O endorsement, you have the option of obtaining that endorsement for one or five years. Different fees are payable depending on the term you choose. The fees are set out below.
The fees for annual renewal work out to be more expensive over five years than getting a five-year renewal because of the higher costs of managing an annual validation system, additional agency handling costs and the fact that each year a new licence card must be produced.
Multiple (P, V, I, O) endorsement holders
If you hold multiple endorsements (P, V, I or O) and wish to renew two or more endorsements, you'll only have to pay one renewal fee and one vetting fee, as well as an ID card fee (if applicable). This will, however, renew all the P, V, I or O endorsements you hold.
The fees will still vary depending on whether you wish to hold the endorsements for one or five years.
Fees for endorsement renewals
Please note: this information does not include any course fees you may be required to pay.
Passenger endorsement (P)
|One year, small||$64.40||$8.60||$28.80||$101.80|
|Five years, small||$246.30||$8.60||$144.10||$399.00|
|One year, large only||$64.40||-||$28.80*|| $64.40
(without vetting fee)
(with vetting fee)
|Five years, large only||$246.30||-||$28.80*||$275.10|
Vehicle recovery endorsement (V)
Driving instructor (I) or Testing officer (O) endorsement
Dangerous goods endorsement (D)
Where you can find out more
- Email us: email@example.com.
- Call our driver licensing contact centre: 0800 822 422.
- Write to us: NZ Transport Agency, Private Bag 11777, Palmerston North 4442.
The information in this factsheet is a general guide only. It is not the source of the law.