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Fit and proper person check: VIO endorsements

Being endorsed to recover vehicles, be a driving instructor or be a testing officer puts you in a position that the New Zealand public need to trust. The Transport Agency checks the background of anyone applying for a V, I or O endorsement to ensure all applicants are assessed to the same standard and all members of the public can expect to be safe while using the service.

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

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), including charges and convictions relating to violence or sexual offences, drugs or firearms offences, or offences involving organised criminal activities.

If you’re applying for an I endorsement to teach any class of heavy vehicle or motorcycle (classes 2–6), this check will also include current experience for that licence class. This means that, with your application, you’ll need to provide the appropriate evidence (eg for heavy vehicles a curriculum vitae/appropriate industry references, or for motorcycles a résumé of riding experience).

What happens once the check is complete?

If you’re cleared and your application is complete, your endorsement will be approved and your new licence will be made and sent to you. 

If you’re not cleared, you’ll receive a letter letting you know, and explaining the process you may take to appeal the decision in the district court.

When can the check be done?

The fit and proper person check can be done before other tests or courses if you wish. If you’re cleared you’ll receive a Notice of determination (valid for 90 days) which you must show to a driver licensing agent when you hand in your application.

How much does it cost?

The police vetting costs $9.70 per year and is included in your endorsement application fee. You must pay the entire application fee, but you can choose to wait for the result of the police vetting before you complete the rest of the endorsement application if you wish. When you complete the rest of the application, don’t forget to bring your Notice of determination with you. If the notice expires before you finish the relevant courses or tests, please call us on 0800 822 422.

If you have any concerns about the fit and proper person check, contact the Commercial Licensing Team at the Transport Agency before submitting your application.

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