Information for people who will be driving forklifts on the road.
If you drive a forklift on the road, you must have a forklift (F) endorsement on your driver licence.
The licence endorsement and licence class systems work together. Your licence has to cover both the type of vehicle and its weight:
If you’re not sure whether you need an F endorsement, phone our contact centre on 0800 822 422.
The definition of a road, for the application of transport laws, is very broad. It includes not only streets and highways, but also any place the public has access to – including bridges, culverts, beaches, riverbeds, reserve lands, wharves and road shoulders.
If you drive a forklift in any of these areas, the rules relating to registration, licensing and general driver behaviour all apply.
To get an F endorsement, you must hold a full New Zealand class 1 driver licence.
You'll need to provide a certificate showing that you've successfully completed an approved F endorsement course.
Please note that you can’t drive on the road just because you’ve got the course certificate. The endorsement must be on your driver licence first.
Note: The approved course will cover driver licensing requirements only. Your employer may require you to attend occupational safety and health (OSH) courses as well as having the F endorsement on your driver licence.
To get your F endorsement, you must apply at a driver licensing agent.
You will need to:
fill out an application form [PDF, 174 KB]
present evidence of your identity
prove your eyesight meets the required standard
provide a medical certificate (if applicable)
let the agent take your photo and signature
pay the application fee
present an approved F endorsement course certificate.
Your F endorsement will expire the same day as your driver licence.