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D endorsement for carrying dangerous goods

Information for people wanting to transport dangerous goods.

When do you need a dangerous goods endorsement?

If you’re transporting dangerous goods, you usually need to have a dangerous goods (D) endorsement on your driver licence.

 A lot depends on what you’re transporting, how much of it and under what circumstances.

  • If you’re transporting dangerous goods for hire or reward (eg if you’re a transport operator or a courier), you will usually need a D endorsement. There are some exceptions, which are listed in clause 9.2 of Land Transport Rule: Dangerous Goods 2005 (the rule).
  • If you’re transporting dangerous goods as tools-of-trade and the quantities are under the limits in schedule 1 of the rule, you don’t need a D endorsement.
  • If you’re transporting dangerous goods as tools-of-trade in quantities that are over the limits in schedule 1 of the rule, you will need a D endorsement, except for dangerous goods that are toxic to the aquatic environment and classified as UN 3077 or UN 3082, environmentally hazardous substances.
  • If you’re transporting dangerous goods for domestic or recreational purposes, you don’t need a D endorsement.

If you’re not sure whether you need a D endorsement, call our contact centre on 0800 822 422.

Land Transport Rule: Dangerous Goods 2005
Dangerous goods carried by transport service operators
Dangerous goods transported as tools-of-trade
Dangerous goods transported for domestic or recreational use

You will need to complete a course

You'll need to provide a certificate showing that you've successfully completed an approved D endorsement course. 

Please note that you can’t start carrying dangerous goods just because you’ve got the course certificate. The endorsement must be on your driver licence first. 

Find an approved course provider in your area

How to make your application

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

You will need to:

Your D endorsement will be valid for five years. The expiry date of your endorsement will be on the back of your driver licence. 

To renew the endorsement, you'll have to complete another course (to stay up-to-date with any developments or changes) and apply again. 

Download Factsheet 37: D endorsement for carrying dangerous goods [PDF, 265 KB]

Download Factsheet 66: Driver licensing courses for licence classes and endorsements [PDF, 70 KB]

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