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To make sure people are safe while using passenger services in New Zealand, we check and monitor the background of all passenger service drivers. This is part of our ongoing commitment to road safety and improving driving standards on our roads.

This background check (vetting) includes:

  • transport-related offences – especially safety

  • serious behaviour problems 

  • past complaints about your work in a transport service

  • not paying fines for transport-related offences

  • criminal convictions for serious offences in New Zealand or overseas, see Foreign documentation. These include charges and convictions for violence or sexual offences, drugs or firearms, or organised criminal activities. 

What if I have had a serious criminal conviction?

You can’t be endorsed to carry passengers if you have convictions for some serious criminal offences and were sentenced to more than 12 months in prison.

These serious offences include:

  • murder – including attempt, conspiracy or attempting to hire for murder

  • sex crime – including indecent assault.

  • violent crime – including wounding, shooting or violent robbery etc

  • kidnapping and abduction

  • any offence committed outside New Zealand which would result in a conviction if the offence was done in New Zealand.

Read a full list of serious offences under section 29A of the Land Transport Act 1998(external link) that could prevent you from getting a passenger endorsement.

If you’ve been sentenced to 12 months or less for a specified serious offence, you may still be able to hold a P endorsement.

If you have any concerns about the fit and proper person check, we recommend you seek independent advice before you submit your application.

When can the check be done?

You must apply for your passenger endorsement at a driver licensing agent first. Then we start the fit and proper person check.

How much does it cost?

The police vetting costs $9.70 each year. This is included in your endorsement application fee.