Information for people who want to teach others to drive for financial gain.
If you teach people how to drive on a road for financial or commercial gain, you must have a current driving instructor endorsement on your driver licence. This is called an I endorsement.
If you are not sure whether you need an I endorsement, call our driver licensing contact centre on 0800 822 422.
To get an I endorsement, you must hold, and have held for at least two years, a full New Zealand class 1 driver licence.
Holding an equivalent overseas licence does not meet this requirement.
You must also have held each class of licence that you want to teach for at least two years. For example, if you want to teach both class 1 (car) and class 6 (motorcycles), you must have held each of those classes for at least two years.
Your application will be sent to the NZ Transport Agency so that a 'fit and proper person' check can be done. This will check on things like transport-related offences, criminal convictions and past complaints about you.
You'll need to provide a certificate showing that you've successfully completed an approved I endorsement course.
You can’t start instructing just because you’ve got the necessary certificates. You must successfully complete the application process and get the I endorsement added to your driver licence first.
To get your I endorsement, you must apply at a driver licensing agent.
You will need to:
fill out an application form [PDF, 256 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
book a time to sit a full licence test (unless you have passed one in the last five years)
present an approved I endorsement course certificate (unless you have chosen to present it later).
You should allow six to eight weeks for your application to be processed (providing you have supplied all the necessary information and documentation). This is because we need to carry out a fit and proper person check.
If you give us your email address, we’ll send you updates on your application status. We’ll also email you a link so you can track your application’s progress online.
When you make your application, you will need to choose the classes that you want to teach. You must have an I endorsement for each class.
For example, if you say on your form that you want to teach classes 1, 2, 4 and 6, you will have an I1, I2, I4 and I6 on your driver licence (if you have held each class for long enough).
If you're not a New Zealand citizen or don't hold a residence permit, you will need a work permit or some other temporary permit to show that you are allowed to work in New Zealand.
The approved course is aligned with unit standards on the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) framework. If you successfully complete a course you have the opportunity to have the unit standards you’ve achieved count towards a national certificate as well as a driver licence endorsement.
In the course you’ll be trained and assessed in the following unit standards:
You’ll also have a driving assessment completed on your own driving skills. This assessment, along with all the practical driving on the course, will be conducted in a vehicle with a manual transmission. Note: The ‘I’ endorsement when granted will allow instruction to be given in vehicles with either manual or automatic transmissions.
You’ll be given a certificate when you successfully complete the course, which you will need to submit as part of your application.