Driver Check is an NZ Transport Agency service that enables the status of driver licences to be queried by authorised users, for example, their employers. If the driver's licence status changes, the company or operator will be automatically advised.
The requirements for Driver Check were developed in conjunction with the Road Transport Forum, Bus and Coach Association, New Zealand Contractors' Federation and the New Zealand Taxi Federation.
Driver Check came into effect on 3 May 1999 to allow roadside vehicle impoundment provisions to operate effectively. Under the law, the NZ Police are required to impound any vehicle being driven by someone who is disqualified or suspended from driving, or who has been forbidden to drive.
Roadside vehicle impoundment sends a clear message to owners of vehicles that they have an obligation to ensure only appropriately licensed drivers use their vehicles. Because of this, companies need to be able to check the validity of their employees' driver licences before allowing them to drive a company vehicle, and rental companies are responsible for ensuring they only rent vehicles to licensed drivers.
The onus lies with the company or operator to obtain signed consent from individual drivers to provide the Transport Agency with driver details. These details are required to answer queries concerning driver licence status and to establish the link between the driver and the company.
If you are obtaining consent from drivers to check their status on Driver Check, you should obtain the following information from each driver:
Where a driver licence number and version number are unavailable, you may make an inquiry against the Driver Licence Register (via Driver Check) by quoting the driver's full name and date of birth. For this query to be successful, the details must relate to a unique driver. If more than one very similar match exists on the register, then no information can be made available until the driver licence number and version number are confirmed. This will need to be confirmed with the employee.
To establish your company as an authorised user of the Driver Check facility, you need to become a registered user.