Information about passenger endorsements – who needs one, how to get one, and what you can drive with one.
You need a passenger (P) endorsement if you are driving a small passenger service vehicle such as a taxi or shuttle and you are getting paid for it or receiving any type of reward. This includes dial-a-driver type services where the passenger provides the vehicle and you are paid to drive it.
You also need a P endorsement if you are driving a large passenger service vehicle such as a bus, regardless of whether or not you are getting paid for it.
A small passenger service vehicle has a maximum of 12 seats, including the driver.
To drive a small passenger service vehicle you need:
A large passenger service vehicle has more than 12 seats.
To drive a large passenger service vehicle you need:
You don't need to have an ID card to drive large passenger service vehicles.
You do not need a P endorsement if you drive in an exempt passenger service or are exempt by the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Rule 1999.
To get a P 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.
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 P endorsement course.
You can’t drive a passenger service vehicle on the road just because you’ve got the necessary certificates. You must successfully complete the application process and get the P endorsement added to your driver licence first.
To get your P 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 P endorsement course certificate (unless you have chosen to present it later).
You should allow up to 10 working days for your application to be processed (providing you have supplied everything required), because of the time it takes to do the fit and proper person check.
If you give us your email address, we will send you updates on your application status. We’ll also email you a link so you can track your application‘s progress online.
If you will be driving small passenger service vehicles, you will need to choose a 'unique identifier' for your ID card when you make your application.
A unique identifier is a name made up of a combination of letters that could be easily recalled by users of the service. If you choose a unique identifier that somebody else already has, the Transport Agency will assign numbers to the chosen name to avoid duplication.
If your identifier can’t be easily remembered by your passengers, the Transport Agency will ask you to select another one.
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.
To drive a taxi, you may also need to hold an area knowledge certificate, depending on where you drive.