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F endorsement for driving forklifts

Information for people who will be driving forklifts on the road.

Who needs a forklift endorsement

If you drive a forklift on the road, you must have a forklift (F) endorsement on your driver licence.

You need the right class of licence

The licence endorsement and licence class systems work together. Your licence has to cover both the type of vehicle and its weight:

  • A class 1 driver licence (with an F endorsement) covers forklifts with a gross laden weight of up to 18,000 kilograms.
  • A class 2 driver licence (with an F endorsement) covers forklifts with a gross laden weight exceeding 18,000 kilograms.

If you’re not sure whether you need an F endorsement, phone our contact centre on 0800 822 422.

What is the definition of a ‘road’?

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.

Requirements for an F endorsement

You must hold a full licence 

To get an F endorsement, you must hold a full New Zealand class 1 driver licence. 

You will need to complete a course

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.

Find an approved course provider in your area

How to make your application

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

You will need to:

Your F endorsement will expire the same day as your driver licence.

Download Factsheet 10: F endorsement for driving forklifts [PDF, 50 KB]

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

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