Renew your driving instructor (I) endorsement if you want to keep teaching people to drive for hire or reward.

Expiry of your I endorsement

The expiry date of your I endorsement may differ from your driver licence expiry. The date it expires will be listed on the back of your photo driver licence.

When to renew your I endorsement

You need to apply to renew your I endorsement at least 30 working days before it expires

We'll send you a reminder about 6 weeks before your endorsement is due to expire. If you've recently changed your address, you can update it with us online.

Update your address online now

Endorsement length

You can choose to renew your I endorsement for 1 or 5 years. Its new expiry date will depend on when you apply.

If you apply: then your new expiry date will be:
within 60 days of your current expiry date 1 or 5 years from your existing expiry date
more than 60 days before your current expiry date 1 or 5 years from the date the renewal is granted
after your current expiry date

The renewal process

To renew your endorsement, you must apply at a driver licensing agent

You'll need to:

If you need a medical certificate you must provide it when you apply to renew your endorsement at the agent. If you don’t, your application won’t be accepted.

Fit and proper person check

To make sure the public in New Zealand are safe while using these services, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency checks the background of anyone applying to renew their I endorsement. This ensures all applicants are assessed to the same standard and all members of the public can expect to be safe while using the service.

Once you've made your application at a driver licensing agent, we'll start the fit and proper person check. 

Fit and proper person check: what are we checking on?

Real-time monitoring

Immigration status

You don't need to provide evidence of your immigration status to Waka Kotahi.

Go to the Immigration New Zealand website for more information about working in New Zealand. 

Immigration NZ(external link)

I endorsement renewal fee

You can choose whether you want your I endorsement to last for 1 year or 5 years. The application fee is the same no matter which term you choose.


Application fee

Vetting fee


1 year




5 years



What happens next?

Your application will be sent to Waka Kotahi to be processed.

  • If you’ve provided all the necessary information with your application and all the endorsement requirements have been met, please allow up to 30 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.
Gathering information

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.

  • If your I endorsement is approved, we’ll send you a new photo driver licence within 7-10 days.

  • If your I endorsement is declined, we’ll send you a letter explaining why, and what you can do.

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Multiple endorsement holders – P, V, I, O

If you hold more than 1 endorsement and want to renew them at the same time, you only have to pay 1 renewal fee and 1 vetting fee. This will renew all the P, V, I or O endorsements you hold.

Download Factsheet 61: Renewing driver licence endorsements [PDF, 258 KB]