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To make sure the public are safe while using passenger services, the NZ Transport Agency checks the background of anyone applying for an endorsement to carry passengers. This ensures all applicants are assessed to the same standard and all members of the public can expect to be safe while using the service.

This background check (vetting) includes:

  • transport-related offences, especially relating to safety.

  • history of behavioural problems.

  • past complaints about a transport service you may have operated.

  • history of persistent failure to pay fines for transport-related offences.

  • criminal convictions (in New Zealand or overseas, see Foreign documentation), including charges and convictions relating to violence or sexual offences, drugs or firearms offences, or offences involving organised criminal activities.

You need to put your application for a passenger endorsement in at a driver licensing agent before we can start the fit and proper person check. 

What if I have had a serious criminal conviction?

People convicted of some serious criminal offences and sentenced to more than 12 months in prison are not allowed to be endorsed to carry passengers. These serious convictions include:

  • murder (including attempt, conspiracy or attempting to hire for murder etc).

  • a sexual crime.

  • violent crime (wounding, shooting, violent robbery etc).

  • kidnapping and abduction.

  • any offence committed outside New Zealand which would result in a serious criminal conviction if the offence was done in New Zealand.

Read a full list of serious offences under section 29A of the Land Transport Act 1998(external link) that could prevent you from getting a passenger endorsement.

The following sections of the Crimes Act 1961(external link) also have detailed information about these convictions: 144A, 144C, 173, 174, 175, 176, 188, 189(1), 191, 198, 199, 200(1), 201, 208, 209, 210, 234, 235, 236. 

If you still have questions about whether you could be able to get a P endorsement, call us on 0800 822 422.

We’ll undertake police vetting every year for small vehicle P endorsements or once every five years for large vehicles.

When can the check be done?

You must make your passenger endorsement application at a driver licensing agent first. Then we’ll start the fit and proper person check.

How much does it cost?

The police vetting costs $9.70 each time. This is included in your endorsement application fee.

If you have any concerns about the fit and proper person check, call us on 0800 822 422 before you submit your application.


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