V Endorsement

The “V” Endorsement allows successful participants to work for hire or reward in the vehicle recovery service, which tows or recovers vehicles.  Our course is conducted as follows;

Day One:

Theory training covering Fatigue Management, and the use of Driver Logbooks. Individuals then complete a study guide and a written assessment. 8am – 4pm.

Day Two:

Theory training covering vehicle recovery, followed by a written assessment. 8am – 12noon


You need to:

  • Have held a full New Zealand Class 1 drivers licence for 2 years (Overseas licences are not permitted)
  • Have completed a medical (your doctors’ usual fees will apply), and present it within 60 days of obtaining the medical or have lodged a medical with the NZTA within the last 5 years
  • Make an application for your V endorsement at an NZTA agent i.e. AA, VTNZ or VINZ using the DL20B application form:

This will start the process including the gaining of a police check.  If you have spent more than 12 months outside of NZ at any time you may need to gain a police and traffic report from the country(s) you have been in, and arrange to have this sent to NZTA in New Zealand (details are in NZTA Factsheet 46 for this).

Driving Assessment:

Individuals are required to pass the Class 1 Full Licence Practical Driving Test at the VTNZ, unless you have completed the Practical Test within the last 5 years


$430 + GST (2 day course)

$310 + GST (1 day course) You must provide evidence of completing 24089 (Fatigue Management & Log Book)

$1,500 + GST (3 day course) Includes getting a Full Class 2 drivers licence.


8am – 4pm each day, or until assessment is completed.


Successful individuals will receive a NZTA Endorsement Certificate, which they need to present to a AA, VTNZ or VINZ, in order to receive their V Endorsement.

(fee: from $140 see NZTA website for details)

NZQA Unit Standards:

This course covers the following NZQA Unit Standards;

17580:Demonstrate knowledge of driver requirements for Endorsement V (Vehicle Recovery), (Level 3, credits 2)
24089:Demonstrate knowledge of fatigue management, Work Time, and Driver Logbook requirements. (Level 3, credits 5)

All NZQA credits are forwarded to NZQA for registration, once the course has been completed successfully.

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